New York State

2022 New York state Senate primary election results

It was a good night to be an incumbent – regardless of ideology.

Miguelina Camilo is leaning on prominent backers in her effort to upset state Sen. Gustavo Rivera in the Bronx.

Miguelina Camilo is leaning on prominent backers in her effort to upset state Sen. Gustavo Rivera in the Bronx. Matt Rodriguez, Friends of Miguelina Camilo; State Senate

It took a few false starts and several different iterations of district lines, but candidates for state Senate have finally made it to their primary. From open seats to new seats to insurgent challengers, there’s no shortage of election night action for political observers. As usual in New York, the biggest contests are those among Democrats, with both moderates and progressives looking to win seats in heavily blue districts in contests, but the night so far has been kind to incumbents regardless of their ideology.

State Sen. Gustavo Rivera may have fended off a moderate challenge from attorney Miguelina Camilo, the pick of the Bronx Democrats with powerful backers like Rep. Adriano Espaillat and New York City Mayor Eric Adams. But theirs was one of the closest races between incumbent and insurgent, a testament to the continued power and influence of the Bronx Democratic machine. On the other hand, state Sen. Kevin Parker bested his Democratic Socialists of America challenger David Alexis, a blow to progressives hoping to have better luck than they had during the June Assembly primaries.

But left-wing Democrats did pull off a big victory in newly created District 59. DSA-backed Kristen Gonzalez won the primary with a comfortable margin of victory over her closest competitor, former New York City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley. After the November general election, her victory would add another socialist to the ranks of the state Senate, joining the likes of Jabari Brisport and Julia Salazar.

Election night hasn’t panned out so far for both Adams and Espaillat, two power brokers elevating moderate alternatives to both progressive incumbents and other candidates. In addition to Camilo being behind, state Sen. Robert Jackson has a large lead over Espaillat-backed Angel Vasquez. Adams’ other candidates, like Crowley in District 59 and controversial pastor Conrad Tillard’s bid against Brisport, struggled more than anticipated.

On the other side of the aisle, Republicans largely avoided primaries this year, as they often do in New York, consolidating early around a single candidate in each race. Even the open seat state Sen. Phil Boyle left behind with his retirement did not spark a primary. This year saw two notable exceptions: an open primary for District 23 on Staten Island, where state Sen. Diane Savino is retiring, and a challenge to state Sen. Peter Oberacker. The latter race was surprisingly close, with former Ulster County Legislator Terry Bernardo putting up a strong fight but ultimately coming up just short.

Of course, not every race was expected to be a nailbiter. State Sen. Brad Hoylman won easily in his new district along Manhattan’s West Side, and state Sen. Sean Ryan won in Western New York. Projected winners called by The Associated Press or NY1 are bolded.

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4th District, Democratic Primary

Suffolk County

Monica Martinez: 64.80%

Phil Ramos: 34.54%

With 202 of 202 election districts reporting

7th District, Democratic Primary

Nassau County

Anna Kaplan: 78.95%

Jeremy Joseph: 13.23%

With 286 of 286 election districts reporting

15th District, Democratic Primary

Queens and Brooklyn

Joseph Addabbo Jr.: 56.25%

Japneet Singh: 28.70%

Albert Baldeo: 13.93%

With 154 of 154 election districts reporting

21st District, Democratic Primary


Kevin Parker: 45.61%

David Alexis: 37.49%

Kaegan Mays-Williams: 16.09%

With 157 of 157 election districts reporting

23rd District, Democratic Primary

Staten Island and Brooklyn

Jessica Scarcella-Spanton: 57.72%

Sarah Blas: 16%

Bianca Rajpersaud: 15.63%

Rajiv Gowda: 7.55%

With 162 of 162 election districts reporting

23rd District, Republican Primary

Staten Island and Brooklyn

Joseph Tirone: 75.65%

Sergey Fedorov: 20.29%

With 162 of 162 election districts reporting

25th District, Democratic Primary


Jabari Brisport: 69.09%

Conrad Tillard: 15.33%

Renee Holmes: 13.60%

With 168 of 168 election districts reporting

26th District, Democratic Primary

Brooklyn and Manhattan

Andrew Gounardes: 64.15%

David Yassky: 32.60%

With 201 of 201 election districts reporting

30th District, Democratic Primary


Cordell Cleare: 67.19%

Shana Harmongoff: 28.31%

With 174 of 174 election districts reporting

31st District, Democratic Primary

Manhattan and the Bronx

Robert Jackson: 57.20%

Angel Vasquez: 32.43%

Francesca Castellanos: 4.86%

Ruben Dario Vargas: 3.91%

With 160 of 160 election districts reporting

33rd District, Democratic Primary


Gustavo Rivera: 51.41%

Miguelina Camilo: 46.85%

With 143 of 143 election districts reporting

34th District, Democratic Primary

Bronx and Westchester County

Nathalia Fernandez: 60.54%

Christian Amato: 27.93%

John Perez: 7.47%

With 185 of 187 election districts reporting

51st District, Republican Primary

Catskills and Southern Tier

Peter Oberacker: 52.11%

Terry Bernardo: 46.97%

With 277 of 277 election districts reporting

52nd District, Democratic Primary

Broome, Cortland and Tompkins counties

Lea Webb: 58.83%

Leslie Danks Burke: 37.27%

With 196 of 196 election districts reporting

59th District, Democratic Primary

Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn

Kristen Gonzalez: 57.03%

Elizabeth Crowley: 31.89%

Mike Corbett: 6.35%

Nomiki Konst: 1.53%

Francoise Olivas: 1.10%

With 170 of 170 election districts reporting