And to those of you who did not support me, I want you to know that I will work in the Senate for you and all New Yorkers. And to those of you who worked so hard and never lost faith, even in the toughest times, I offer you my undying gratitude.
I will work my heart out for you for the next six years. And I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the steady support of so many people. I want to thank Charlie Rangel, Nita Lowey, and the entire New York Democratic congressional delegation, my future colleagues.
I’m very grateful for the support of our Democratic statewide elected officials and my good friends, Carl McCall (ph) and Elliott Spitzer (ph).
I want to thank Shelly Silver (ph) and all the Democratic assembly members, and Marty Connor and all the Democratic members of the state Senate. I want to thank all of my upstate friends who couldn’t be here tonight, including Tony Maccello (ph), Bill Johnson, Jerry Jennings (ph), Mike Breslin (ph), Mark Thomas (ph), all the county chairs and other elected officials.
And thank you to all of my down-state friends, Andy Spano (ph) and the county chairs and all the elected officials, and particularly my friends right here in New York City, the city-wide officials, the borough presidents, the City Council members. And two great friends, former Mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins.
And somebody just yelled: “Don’t forget Long Island. We got beat up out there.” And I am grateful to everybody from Long Island.
And I want to thank all my friends in the state Democratic Party leadership, Judith Hope (ph), Mike Shell (ph), Denise King (ph).
And to all the hard-working labor leaders who really helped turn out the vote today, Dennis Hughes (ph) and Dennis Rivera (ph), Randy Weingarten (ph), Lee Saunders (ph), Brian McLaughlin (ph), Tom Hobart (ph), Danny Donahue (ph), Ed Malloy (ph), and the other local, state and national labor leaders whose support was so crucial.
And I want to thank all of the people who started volunteering with me from the very beginning.
You knocked on doors, you raised funds, you built rallies, you did everything necessary to bring us to this point.
And today, I want to thank the 25,000 volunteers from all across the state, who started phone banking, knocking on doors, giving out palm cards the minute the polls opened at 6:00 a.m. and didn’t stop until the last voter left. You made a difference in this race, and I’m very grateful to you.
And I want to thank Harold Ickes, my campaign chairman; Bill DeBlasio, my campaign manager; and Gigi Georges, the coordinated campaign director. And I want to thank the best, hardest working campaign staff any candidate has ever had.
And, finally, I want to echo Chuck Schumer in saying that I know I would not be here without my family. And I want to thank my mother and my brothers, and I want to thank my husband and my daughter.
You know, because this campaign was about ideas and issues, we have a lot of work to do.
And I am looking forward to doing that work with all of you, from one end of the state to the other.
I, tonight, am just overwhelmed by the kindness and support that I’ve been given. And I will work my heart out for the next six years for all of you.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, and God bless you all.
Thank you and good night.