News is slow getting out of Albany, but I guess its true that Dems have taken at least numerical control of the State Senate, although its not known what the effect of the Independent Democratic Caucus will have.
Dems picked up a handful of upstate seats to building on their many seats from the City.
The last time the Democrats had control they were hampered by caucus members like Pedro Espada, Hiram Montserrate and Carl Kruger, all of whom are gone now.
The story Brian A...(oh wait, he's gone). The story worth covering is what effect does this have on us.
In Albany, minority members are allocated less staffing and without the leverage of controlling one house, areas represented by Republicans could suffer.
All of this could amplify the power of our one Democrat representing this area, Assemblywoman Addie Russell.
Another measure now sure to pass is an increase in the minimum wage as its a priority of the Governor and was only put off by the GOP Senate till after the election.
As for our Senator, Patty Ritchie won reelection with a 70% vote against a credible opponent.
As for the Governor, a mixed bag. The last thing Andrew Cuomo needs is a dysfunctional, ultra liberal Senate to go with a left leaning Assembly. The Governor has played the two parties against each other successfully and may now have to adopt another strategy.
Losing the Senate, and the changing demographics of NY could mean the GOP is a permanent minority party in the state and unable to field a legitimate candidate for Governor in 2014.
Senate Democrats, Lessons Learned