Gallivan Declares Victory in 59th Senate District

September 27, 2013 Updated Nov 3, 2010 at 12:07 PM EDT

By WKBW Programming

September 27, 2013 Updated Nov 3, 2010 at 12:07 PM EDT

ELMA, NY (WKBW) -- Republican candidate Patrick Gallivan making his acceptance speech and thanking his supporters at his campaign party in Elma late Tuesday night, as numbers show he's on his way to officially winning the seat for New York State 59th Senate District. "I'm excited about it, the people have spoken," Gallivan said. "We know the problems, the spending, the taxes, the regulation, the culture of corruption, we need to change it."

Gallivan is a former sheriff of Erie County and is currently serving on the State Parole Board.

The two other candidates in this race are democrat Cynthia Appleton who is a trustee in Warsaw, and tea party candidate David DiPietro who is the former mayor of East Aurora. We spoke to the candidates about what's next for them. "I come back to work, that's my life that's what I do, I work for a living," DiPietro said.

"We're living day to day maintaining our infrastructure, going about our daily lives and living the rural life that everybody chooses to live out there and that we want to maintain," Appleton said.

The district seat encompasses all of Wyoming county, and parts of Erie, Livingston, and Ontario counties. Gallivan replaces Dale Volker who was holding the seat and announced his retirement earlier this year. "New York State has desperately been trying to take money away from Western New York to help downstate New York," Volker said. "And what {Gallivan} has to do is just not oppose New York City, but just make sure that anything that happens that we get a piece of it."