NY balance of power could shift after Dems win special elections

26 April, 2018, 12:50 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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Democrats also retained two state Senate seats, giving the party a 32-to-31 numerical advantage over Republicans in the state's upper house, though one Democrat who caucuses with Republicans will continue to deny them a working majority.

A key Democratic state senator who has sided with Republicans said Tuesday that he will stay put — even if Democrats win two special elections Tuesday and win a numeric Senate majority. A basement office could be in his future next year.

With more than 15,000 votes cast in the 107th Assembly District, the Democratic candidate, Cindy Doran, a retired teacher and county legislator, lost to Jake Ashby, an Army veteran and county lawmaker, by fewer than 300 votes. Although a Democrat, Senator Felder conferences with the Republicans, which gives the Republicans the majority. But Republicans are expected to stay in control of the Senate at least until the end of the legislative session in June because of the support of Sen.

The governor and Senate Democrats want to pass a number of progressive proposals, including early voting, campaign finance reform, and codifying the abortion rights in the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade into NY law. In a tight primary race with Cynthia Nixon, Cuomo's challenge right now is to get his party in lockstep. Political gamesmanship must not be allowed to jeopardize the leadership, committee structure and staff of the New York State Senate and push this institution into turmoil.

Democrats outnumber Republicans by about 30,000 registered voters in the Westchester district, which includes Yonkers, Rye, Mamaroneck, Port Chester and Bedford.

Mayer says she did everything she could to help Lilkendey and others. Among the questions he would not answer is whether he has personally discussed the matter with Cuomo.

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Ms. Mayer said she shared the women's frustrations and anger and would work to change the Senate's sexual harassment policy if elected.

"We've added 10 members in 10 days - that's impressive", she said.

Meanwhile, Ms. Killian was forced to disavow and return campaign contributions from a supporter who had hosted a fundraiser for the Republican.

"I have many times publicly and privately expressed my admiration for the kids in Parkland and the kids they've inspired across the country", Ms. Killian said. He says Long Island would miss out on millions in school aid and other state funding as well.

If the Democrats take the Senate, they would then control the Assembly and the executive chamber, making an unbalanced legislature, according to Republican Senator Jim Tedisco (R-Glenville). "And the first thing she said was wait until after the election", said Lilkendey.

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