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Governor’s races top Election Day ballots Tuesday for voters in New York and PA

Gov. Kathy Hochul, Democrat, and Lee Zeldin, Republican / WEBO Graphic

(Twin Tiers) – Tuesday is a general election day in New York and Pennsylvania. Voting polls will be open Tuesday from 7am to 8pm in Pennsylvania, and from 6am to 9pm in New York. Contact your county’s board of elections if you are uncertain about your polling location.

At the top of each state’s ballot is the race for governor. Democrat Kathy Hochul, who was elevated to governor after Andrew Cuomo resigned in disgrace amid sexual harrassment allegations, is running for her first full four-year term as New York’s governor. Congressman Lee Zeldin is the Republican candidate in Pennsylvania’s governor’s race, largely focusing his campaign on the state’s rising crime rate. Hochul has stressed gun control, abortion rights and increasing joo opportunities.

Pennsylvania voters will choose between state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, or state Sen. Doug Mastriano, who’s on the Republican ticket for governor. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will leave office in January after serving two terms as Pennsylvania’s governor.

Dr. Ahment Oz, Republican, and John Fetterman, Democrat

In the race for a U.S. Senate seat from Pennsylvania, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is the Democratic candidate; Republican Dr. Ahment Oz is the GOP candidate. Oz gained noterity as a medical expert for five years on the Oprah Windrey Show

In a notable race in Broome Court, Republican state Sen. Fred Akshar, of the 52nd District, decided to run for Broome County Sheriff rather than seek re-election to a fifth term in the state Senate. Democratic candidate is Kate Newcomb, who is a 30-year veteran and current captain in the sheriff’s office. Akshar is a former undersheriff who was appointed to the position by retiring Sheriff Dave Harder. However, Harder has endorsed Newcomb. Akshar’ has received almot unanimous support of the of the union representing rank-and-file active-duty sergeants, detectives, road patrol deputies and sworn officers.

Voters in Tioga and Broome counties will play a role in deciding who goes to Washington from the newly-drawn 19th Congressional District. Josh Riley, of Ithaca, is a first-time candidate on the Democratic ticket. Republican candidate is Marc Molinaro, of Red Hook.