New York reacts to Biden victory

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After long days of counting – and baseless allegations Oval Office Election Fraud – Former Vice President Joe Biden was cast as the winner of the 2020 presidential election on Saturday morning, as Pennsylvania was called in his favor, putting him above the 270 electoral votes needed to win the election.

The city President Donald Trump used to call home has erupted in celebration. The revelers took to the streets of the city, with large groups gathering to celebrate in Washington Square Park in Manhattan and Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, among other places.

Here’s how some New York lawmakers and other political leaders responded.

Governor Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo also congratulated Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on her historic achievement. Harris will be not only the first wife to become vice president, but also the first election of a black and South Asian person to this post.

Attorney General Letitia James

Trump has made a lot of enemies during his four years in office, and State Attorney General Letitia James – with her countless pursuits against the Trump administration – is one of them. James looked forward to a “bright” future for a Biden-Harris administration in a tweet on Saturday.

Majority Leader in the State Senate, Andrea Stewart-Cousins

After congratulating Biden and Harris, Stewart-Cousins ​​got straight to work, promising to work with the new administration to help New York recover from the pandemic.

President of the Assembly Carl Heastie

Where else to meet Joe Biden but on Amtrak? Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie praised Biden and Harris, tweeting a photo of a chance meeting in the Northeast Hallway.

New York City Public Counsel Jumaane Williams

We were all prepared for the cascade of “you’re fired” tweets to hit the timeline, and New York Public Attorney Jumaane Williams’ Saturday morning post did not disappoint. “Um… so… Donald Trump, you’re fired,” Williams said in a video on Twitter, before committing to what public defenders do best: hold winners accountable.

State Senator Zellnor Myrie

Brooklyn State Senator Zellnor Myrie was one of many New Yorkers to flood the streets to celebrate Saturday. Still a leader, Myrie was seen in front of a dance party.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

The Biden / Harris post did what former New York Senator Hillary Clinton did not, but Clinton was not shy about praising the historic post.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio may have had harsh words for Biden during his doomed presidential campaign last year, but the mayor had nothing but praise for Saturday morning.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who voiced the fact that Biden was not her first choice and the need to hold the new administration accountable for pursuing progressive policies, praised Biden and Harris nonetheless.

Incoming Representative Jamaal Bowman

Partying on the streets wasn’t limited to the crowds in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The future congressman in Westchester and the Bronx tweeted a video of himself vibrating in his car.

Representative Max Rose

Rep. Max Rose, who faces what appears to be a losing battle in his bid for re-election in his district of Staten Island and Brooklyn, could at least take comfort in a Biden victory on Saturday.

Democratic lawmakers in New York were of course not the only ones responding to Saturday’s news. As Biden progressed through major battlefield states over the past few days, Trump has gone unusually quiet, only rushing to accuse without foundation States of electoral fraud or falsely claiming that he in fact won the election. In a Saturday morning tweet that has since been reported by Twitter – which Twitter says may have been written before the race was called by official sources – Trump falsely said he won the “election of far”.

In a statement on Saturday, his campaign accused Biden of prematurely coming out on top – something Trump himself did it earlier this week. “The simple fact is that this election is far from over”, the statement read. “Joe Biden has not been declared the winner of any state, let alone any of the hotly contested contests aimed at mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate winner.” . “

New York Republicans were relatively calm after the news broke, leaders including Republican State Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy and State Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt did had not tweeted early Saturday afternoon. Other New York Republicans looked on the bright side of a Biden victory.

New York City Council Member Joe Borelli

It’s hard to overstate how devastating the loss will be for Trump, but as one New York lawmaker said, it’s all part of the 2020 experience.

State Senator Michael Gianaris

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