Both Parties Await Absentee Count For Control of NYS Senate
Monday, November 12, 2012
Both Parties Await Absentee Count For Control of NYS Senate

Control of the New York State Senate is still up in the air, both parties are waiting for the absentee ballots to see if Republicans will maintain their last foothold in state government.

Democrats are poised to regain control of the G-O-P held Senate, meanwhile Republican leaders in the Senate are already eyeing an alliance with four breakaway democrats that have formed an independent conference in the chamber.

Republicans have dominated the Senate for over fifty years; they lost control from 2008 to 2010 but took back the majority. Now it appears democrats make have 33 seats to the Republicans 30 seats.

Absentee ballots will be opened in two weeks. Governor Cuomo has had success in brokering deals with the Republican controlled Senate, but some of his more ambitious proposal were blocked by the G-O-P including raising the states minimum wage and public financing of campaigns; that could change over the next two years.

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