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WJTN News Headlines for Wed., Nov. 9, 2022

Hochul becomes first elected women to win New York's governor's race...
New York state has it's first elected governor with Western New York Democrat Kathy Hochul winning her race against Republican Lee Zeldin.  Hochul has been interim governor for just over a year after former Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned in the midst of sexual harassment allegations against him.  Zeldin did final concede about mid-afternoon Wednesday.  As of Wednesday night... Hochul had 2.95-million votes... to Zeldin's 2.66-million.  The difference was about 290,000 votes.  In Chautauqua County... Zeldin won by a nearly 2-to-1 margin.
In other state races... Democratic Attorney General Letitia James held off a challenge from Republican Mike Henry.  James got 55% of the vote... while Henry had 42%.  Meanwhile... Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli won his race over Republican Paul Rodriguez.  Henry and Rodriguez won Chautauqua County.

Langworthy handily wins 23rd Congressional District race...
State GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy won the 23rd Congressional District race... handily defeating Democrat Max Della Pia in both Chautauqua County, and the district.  Langworthy won the county with 28,052 votes to Della Pia's 13,950.  District-wide... Langworthy won 189,022 to 101,000.  Current Congressman Joe Sempolinski did not run for the seat.  In the U-S Senate... Incumbant Democrat Charles Schumer was comfortably re-elected over Republican Joe Pinion.

Locally... State Assemblyman Andy Goodell more than doubled the vote in winning over Democratic challenger Sandra Lewis... 30,613 to 11,625.  Goodell will return to the legislature's lower chamber for a seventh-term next January... and, his focus has been dealing with high inflation, and higher energy bills, among others.  Goodell says he's hopeful that Republicans will win enough seats to break Democrat's "supermajority" in the Assembly.

In the State Senate... Republican George Borrello was a big winner over Democrat Dan Brown... 76,856 to 28,441.  Borrello appreciated the support he got in the three new counties in the 57th District. 

In Jamestown... Current Fifth-Ward Councilman Bill Reynolds held off Democrat Douglas Lawson, 751 to 486.  There was one contested county legislature seat... won by Republican John Penhollow over Democrat Barbara Colt, 1,600 to 600.

Sempolinski denounces political violence in wake of attack on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband...
Chautauqua County's soon-to-be outgoing Congressman Joe Sempolinski is denouncing the violent attack recently on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband.  Sempolinski made his comments during last weekend's Town Hall meeting in Frewsburg when he was asked about Paul Pelosi... and, the incident in which an assailant struck him in the head with a hammer.  The man reportedly said "Where's Nancy?..." when he got into the Pelosi's home.  Sempolinski said "we've seen way too much of this lately."  Zeldin was not hurt in the attack by a man who is being treated for addiction issues.  Speaker Pelosi says her husband is "making steady progress" after being treated for injuries he suffered in the violent attack.  Sempolinski says... while House leadership typically has security with them in public... other members don't.  Coincidently... Sempolinski was working on the staff of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise several years ago when Scalise was shot and seriously wounded during a Congressional baseball practice.  Speaker Pelosi says "since the horrific attack on Paul early last Friday, we have been deluged with thousands of messages conveying concern, prayers and warm wishes.  We are most grateful.

City man arrested for illegal drug possession following traffic stop...
A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly being found with significant amounts of fentanyl and methamphetamine during a traffic stop on the city's southside last week.  City police say they conducted the traffic stop in the area of Colfax Street last Friday... and, arrested 46 year-old Michael Barringer.  Officers say they found Barringer in possession of just over 34-grams of fentanyl... 24-grams of meth... a quantity of suboxone... and more than $1,000 in cash. Barringer was arrested on two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... one count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled Substance... and, second-degree criminally using Drug Paraphernalia.  He was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.  Anyone with information about drug or criminal activity is asked to call the JPD Tip Line at 483-TIPs... that's 483-8477.

Frat Parties temporarily suspended at Cornell...
Fraternity parties are temporarily suspended at Cornell University after reports that a student was sexually assaulted over the weekend... and, four others were reportedly drugged in recent weeks.  Leaders of the Ivy League university in upstate New York said this week that all of the incidents occurred at residences affiliated with registered fraternities.  Investigations are ongoing.  A Cornell University Police alert Friday warned of at least four incidents since Sept. 24 in which students reported they had become incapacitated while attending parties off campus, despite having consumed little or no alcohol.  On Sunday, university police said a student reported being sexually assaulted at an event early that morning.