Election: NY State Senate Control Still in Doubt; Four New Members of Congress from New York

The New York State Assembly will again have 107 Democrats and 43 Republicans.  In the Senate,  two races are undecided on Long Island with a Democrat ahead in one and a Republican leading in the other.  The count of absentee ballots could take several weeks before a winner is known in one race on Long Island separated by just 33 votes.  If the current leaders in the two unresolved races win, there will be 32 Democrats  and 31 Republicans.  However, one of the Democrats, Simcha Felder, has always caucused with the Republicans and would again give them outright majority.

The Independent Democratic Caucus (IDC) has seven members and they have also worked with the Republicans in the past.  If the Democrats in the IDC and the mainline caucus were to join and entice Felder to join them, they would have the majority.   Republicans re-elected John Flanagan as their leader and Andrea Stewart-Cousins will remain as the leader of the mainline Democrats.

New York State has four new members of Congress:  Democrat Thomas Suozzi who replaces Steve Israel, Democrat Adriano Espiallat who replaces Charles Rangel and Republicans John Faso who replaces Chris Gibson and Claudia Tenney who replaces Richard Hanna.  Democrats had hoped to pick up several House seats in New York but failed to do so.

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I have been a senior advocate for most of my career. I was Executive Director of the New York StateWide Senior Action Council and the New York State Alliance for Retired Americans. In 2007-2010 I was the Director of the New York State Office for the Aging

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