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Putnam, Dutchess Pols React To Donald Trump's Presidential Triumph

State Sen. Terrence Murphy poses with Donald Trump at a rally in Albany.
State Sen. Terrence Murphy poses with Donald Trump at a rally in Albany. Photo Credit: Facebook
Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell Photo Credit: File
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro Photo Credit: Dutchess County Government

Following Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton last night, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said she was "relieved."

"I'm excited for the country and for the nation," Odell said. "Hopefully we can focus on what's important like the Supreme Court, protecting our second amendment and stabilizing ISIS."

In Putnam, Trump defeated Clinton, 56 percent to 39 percent. Odell said she was not disappointed that the first woman president was not elected.

"There are plenty of opportunities for women," Odell said. "There were a lot of issues on the table, that affected seniors and the middle class. I don't think our Democratic process was just about that one issue. To just single it out because a woman didn't go to the Oval Office- I don't think it's relative."

With Republicans controlling Congress and the White House, Odell said she hopes the party will work together to advance a conservative agenda.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro offered his congratulations to Trump and praised him for seeking to unify and heal the country in his victory speech.

Trump narrowly won Dutchess County 47.5 to 46.4 percent.

“ Americans want a government that works for them," Molinaro said. "We want public servants who believe in the people and understand that power is derived from the people. I know it's what has motivated me – and it is how I hope these next months and years progress: a government that humbles itself and a people that learn to come together."

Molinaro also praised Clinton for her concession speech.

"America cherishes the peaceful transfer of power and hopes the best for those who seek to serve others, and those who have earned election," Molinaro said.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring), who won re-election last night, said that a lot of people wanted to see change.

"I understand that," Maloney said. "A lot of people want the economy to work better. They are frustrated with the political class. I think it's important to listen to that and work together."

Maloney said that Democrats need to do a better job of listening to the frustration of the American people.

"We need to better understand why people are so concerned about the decisions being made in Washington," Maloney said.

The congressman said it's important to treat everyone with respect, regardless of how they feel today.

"We can move forward and get things done," Maloney said. "The only way things work is when we work together."

State Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) who won re-election Tuesday night, said Americans witnessed history. In April, Murphy met Trump at a rally in Albany.

"The American people spoke and the result was a victory for Donald Trump," Murphy said. We must respect the process and unite behind him. I wish him, his family and the Clinton family well after a hard fought campaign."

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, who won re-election last night and is posed to become Democratic minority leader in the senate, said Trump called him Wednesday morning and that Schumer congratulated him on his victory.

“This was a divisive and hard-fought election, and the outcome surprised many Americans from both political parties," Schumer said. "It is time for the country to come together and heal the bitter wounds from the campaign. Senate Democrats will spend the coming days and weeks reflecting on these results, hearing from the American people, and charting a path forward to achieve our shared goals and to defend our values.”

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