Republicans maintain power in state Senate despite Democrat gains

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Democrats over-performed in other NY races Tuesday, but they had focused first on the 37th State Senate District, which was vacated after the incumbent was elected as Westchester County executive.

Democrats have spent the last month trying to unify in the Senate, with a faction of Democrats who had sided with Republicans dissolving, rejoining the mainline fold.

"We're thrilled with Senator Felder's determination to proceed to caucus with our majority", Senate GOP spokesman Scott Reif stated.

For now, the Republicans will hold the majority despite a win or a loss of these two seats, unless Senator Felder changes his mind.


In Westchester County, Democratic Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer declared victory over Republican Julie Killian.

Democrats say they will seek to win a clear majority in November.

Because of Felder's help, nonetheless, Republicans will keep in cost at the least by means of the tip of the legislative session in June. Simcha Felder on Wednesday, a day after Felder announced he would continue to align with Republicans and deprive his own party of Senate control.

Republicans now have a one-seat Senate majority.


Stern won with 59 percent of the vote, while Smitelli had 42 percent of the vote in the special election to fill a seat vacated by Republican Chad Lupinacci.

Democrats already control the Assembly and hold the offices of governor, attorney general and comptroller.

Andrew Cuomo is urging a rogue Democratic lawmaker to end his alliance with Republicans and allow Democrats to lead the state Senate.

Democrats are set to have a numeric majority in the state Senate, but Republicans are retaining power. "It will be a message that Americans and New Yorkers are not satisfied [and] certainly not secure in Republican leadership on the national level".


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