The fight for control of the State Senate is really the only statewide issue of importance voters will decide on that the GOP has a fairly good shot at winning. For two years, Democrats have held a reed-thin 32-30 majority that was interrupted when a couple of its members participated in the "coup".
Even within the Democratic majority there are a couple of upstaters who stand in the way of all out liberal hegemony in Albany. (In fact, that's their rationale for reelection, that they can temper the majority)
If the Dems increase their majority, things like a farm labor bill and same sex marriage could pass....And the Dems would control redistricting...
If so, Ed Koch' idealism would be out the window and allowed population variances would be used to create an additional one or two Democratic seats and the GOP would lose control of everything for decades.
So far here in the 48th, the GOP commercials talk about the relatively minor issue of how their candidate stood up against us getting new license plates.
The real issue is party control...More than one person has said to me they like Sen. Darrel Aubertine, but worry about the Dems having lockstep control of all the levers of governing.
If anything beats him , it is that.....Not license plates.
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