2009 New York elections

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New York junior Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) on a campaign stop with Congressional candidate Scott Murphy (D) at a diner in Brunswick, New York during the 2009 special election for the 20th congressional district of New York. New York Governor David Paterson replaced former Senator Hillary Clinton with Senator Gillibrand (the former Congresswoman from New York's 20th congressional district) upon her accession of the office of United States Secretary of State in the Obama administration. Murphy won that election and represented New York's 20th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives until he was beat by challenger Chris Gibson in 2010.

New York held various elections in 2009.


20th congressional district special election[edit]

Kirsten Gillibrand was appointed to the United States Senate, replacing Hillary Clinton, who resigned to become United States Secretary of State. A special election was held to fill her House seat on March 31, with Republican James Tedisco and Democrat Scott Murphy the two candidates. After the two finished in a near tie on election night, absentee ballots turned up a 700-vote margin for Murphy, despite the ballots being sent out to far more Republicans than Democrats. Murphy won the seat.

23rd congressional district special election[edit]

John M. McHugh was nominated to become United States Secretary of the Army, necessitating a special election to fill his seat. Democratic candidate Bill Owens won the special election on November 3, 2009 defeating the Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman and the Republican candidate Dierdre Scozzafava, which as a result, marks the first time that a Democrat represented parts of this district since the Civil War.[1]


There were no statewide elections in 2009.



Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings is expected to run for reelection. However he will likely face a very competitive primary. Councilman Corey Ellis, President of the Common Council Shawn Morris and Reverend Valerie Faust will run against Mayor Jennings.


Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is eligible to run for reelection.

New York City[edit]

New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg won a third term as mayor. There were also citywide races for Public Advocate, and Comptroller.


Rochester mayor "Bob" Duffy will be running for reelection and said so on March 22, 2009. His opponent has not yet been announced


Democratic mayor Matt Driscoll is term limited.