MID-HUDSON – Joe Biden has won the election and is now the president-elect.
“With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation,” he said. “It’s time for American to unit and to heal.”
Local Democratic public officials and party leaders ae jubilant at the victory.
“We are looking forward to the next four years of having a responsible and certainly judicious person at the helm of this country in Joe Biden,” said Orange County Democratic Committee Chairman Brett Broge.
“How nice would it be to have Nevada or Arizona called, then have Georgia, home of Congressman John Lewis put Biden in the White House and send Trump packing,” said Middletown Mayor Joe DeStefano.
Newburgh City Mayor Torrance Harvey called it a “historical day” and noted 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution that gave women the right to vote. That, he said, is especially significant given that Kamala Harris, an African American, will be the next vice president.
Governor Andrew Cuomo called Biden’s election “a historic day, after the darkness, division and hate of the past four years. America has spoken and rejected more of the same.”
The governor said, “Today we go forward in hope and progress.”
State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins (D, Yonkers) said the incoming team has a “calming presence.” She said they know what is at stake and “their tone and their temperament will help to modulate the temperature even if the president tried to rile his base.”
Biden and Harris will be sworn in in January.