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Buchwald Takes 93rd Assembly Seat

Democrat David Buchwald unseated incumbent Robert Castelli in New York's 93rd Assembly district.

Democrat David Buchwald has defeated incumbent Republican Robert Castelli in New York's 93rd Assembly District.

Buchwald, a White Plains Common Council member, had captured 53 percent of the vote with 88 percent of districts reporting when Castelli conceded the election. The Democrat celebrated the victory with supporters at Vintage in White Plains Tuesday night.

"I will be working every day to make sure we have a state government that is moving us forward, helping those less fortunate but also giving people the tools and opportunities they need to help themselves and to make sure that we are leading the nation," Buchwald said.

Castelli conceded the race at a gathering for county Republicans at the Crowne Plaza hotel in White Plains.

He praised his fellow Republican candidates, including Bob Cohen, saying, "It was a tremendous honor to run alongside you."

Castelli thanked his supporters, whom he said were "unsung heroes" for the hours, minutes and days that they worked on his campaign.

"I thank you from the bottom of my heart," he said. "Rest assured, I will be committed to my job as Assemblyman of the 89th District until 11:59 p.m. on December 31."

Once in office, Buchwald said his first priority will be the local economy.

"We are in need of a well-coordinated approach to bring good paying jobs back into the area," he said. "I know that's exactly what we need, an ambassador who will work to promote the great opportunities there are here for companies to come and really bring us forward not just for the next year or two, but for decades to come."

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