New Yorkers have a chance to reshape the state Legislature; control of the Senate is up for grabs on Tuesday.
All 213 legislative seats are up for election on Tuesday and more than two dozen are seats are being vacated by incumbents or are currently filled by short-timers who won special elections to fill partial terms.
Assembly Democrats are expected to easily continue their majority in the 150-seat chamber, where they already hold 100 seats.
The most watched New York contest is the fight for control of the Senate.
Republicans now have a 33-29 majority, the last GOP power base in state politics. There will be 63 seats in the Senate after the election, the result of redistricting.
Democrats hope to capitalize on a nearly 2-to-1-voter enrollment advantage and a big turnout of voters for the Presidential election to take back the Senate majority. Democrats had control of the Senate for two years in 2008-10, after 50 years of Republican control.
Locally long time incumbent Republican Senator Jim Seward is seeking reelection to his 14th term in the senate, Seward’s bid for reelection is challenged by Dryden Democrat Howard Leib.
Siena College research polls show fewer than a half-dozen races could swing the Senate majority either way.