Endicott native Josh Riley has defeated Dutchess County businesswoman Jamie Cheney to win the Democratic nomination in the newly-configured 19th Congressional District.

Preliminary results showed Riley with 63 percent of the vote to Cheney's 37 percent. Riley will face Republican Marc Molinaro in the November general election.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan, a Democrat, defeated Molinaro in a special election in the district, which had been represented by Antonio Delgado. He resigned in late May to become New York state's lieutenant governor.

Ryan was victorious over Molinaro by a 52 to 48 percent margin.

In the Democratic primary contest in New York's 52nd state Senate district, former Binghamton city councilwoman Lea Webb defeated Leslie Danks Burke of Ithaca. Webb won by a margin of 59 to 41 percent. She will face former Binghamton Mayor Richard David in the November election.

Webb issued a statement after the results indicated she was the winner in the race:

I am immensely proud that we ran a campaign that brought people together rather than divided them, that listened to every voice, and that stood against the idea that politics is a race to the bottom, instead striving always to meet the American ideal that civic engagement is a noble calling that democracy asks every one of us to join.

In the Republican primary contest in the 51st state Senate district, incumbent Peter Oberacker defeated Terry Bernardo by a 53 to 47 percent margin.

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