November 18, 2010

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Calhoun declared Assembly winner

Calhoun (file): "It's going to be
a difficult year"

GOSHEN – One of the handful of unresolved Assembly seats statewide has gone to the incumbent.  Republican Nancy Calhoun was declared the winner in the 96th District race against Democrat Roxanne Donnery.

After absentee ballots were counted in both the Rockland and Orange County portions of the district, Calhoun came out 540 votes over Donnery.

Orange County GOP Chairman William DeProspo said Donnery’s loss was a “repudiation” of her “gutter campaign tactics” during the election.

“I think the people are looking for answers, they are looking for solutions and that was the message that was sent to Roxanne Donnery and the hundreds of thousands of dollars that the Democrats spent to send her to Albany so that she could be another vote for Sheldon Silver,” he said.

During the campaign, Donnery touted herself as an independent thinker who would represent the interests of the district, while she was highly critical of Calhoun.

DeProspo also said nothing was accomplished during her one year as chairwoman of the Orange County Legislature because of her "incompetence."

Orange County Democratic Chairman Jonathan Jacobson defended Donnery saying she won the Orange County portion of the district.

“She had a message that resonated with the public and in any other year, she would have won easily, so we look to the future and I expect Roxanne to continue in her role as an advocate for her community and the county at large,” he said.

Calhoun, meanwhile, is ready to roll up her shirtsleeves and get back to work.

“It’s going to be a difficult year but I think with conservative leadership and with the return of the Senate to Republican hands, we will have an open government and a much more representative government,” she said.

Among Calhoun’s top priorities are to cap property taxes and repeal the MTA payroll tax.

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