Assemblyman Phil Boyle earned his first term in the New York State Senate Tuesday.
Boyle, R-East Islip, defeated challenger Rick Montano, D-Brentwood, a Suffolk County Legislator.
With 217 out of 225 election districts reporting as of 11:35 p.m, Boyle held 53.5 percent of the vote, ensuring a victory.
Montano has just 43,853 votes to Boyle’s 50,412.
Addressing the crowd at The Emporium in Patchogue for the Suffolk County Republican Committee Election Night party, Boyle thanked his supporters.
“Thanks to everyone for the hard work in knocking on doors and making phone calls to bring us this great victory. I also want to thanks Owen Johnson, the greatest State Senator we have ever had.”
Boyle succeeds long-time New York State Senator Owen Johnson, who announced his retirement in July following a 40-year career.
In the midst of the celebration, Boyle's thoughts turned to the local residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.
"While this is a great night, we must remember that there are a lot of people out there still hurting from the storm. Tomorrow, we’ll roll up our sleeves and get to work and help them."
Boyle, an early favorite for the seat, served as a New York State Assembylman for 14 year as a member of the Republican minority.
Montano resides in Brentwood. He's served on the Legislature since 2004.
The Fourth Senate District runs along the South Shore of Southwestern Suffolk County, and includes Lindenhurst, West Babylon, Babylon Village, North Babylon, Deer Park and West Islip.