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Griffo and Hennessy cast their votes as they face off for Senate seat

By JOLEEN FERRIS and GRANT deBRUIN

DECISION 2010 (WKTV) - New York State Senator Joe Griffo is asking voters to send him back to Albany for a third term.

The Republican incumbent voted at Fort Stanwix School in Rome Tuesday afternoon.

Griffo is no stranger to Election Day jitters - before he became Senator, he was Mayor of Rome, and then Oneida County Executive. He says nerves are to be expected on Election Day.

"This is a day of uncertainty," Senator Griffo said. "That's what it's all about - that's the democratic process. It makes for a long day and somewhat nerve wracking day."

Meantime, Griffo's opponent in the race for the 47th district, Michael Hennessy cast his vote at the Sherrill Municipal Building on Tuesday. The longtime Oneida County Legislator is looking to unseat Griffo.

He says his campaign has done everything it can do and now they're looking forward to Tuesday night's results.

If elected, Hennessy says several things will be done differently in order to change Albany.

"We do government a lot differently," Hennessy said. "We have a lot more town hall meetings that the current state senator hasn't had, get more public input, try to bring a new voice to state government, try to provide compromise to move this state forward."

Hennessy says the state has lost too many jobs and people are paying too much in taxes, and that's causing the younger generation to move out of state.

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