The architect of the "River District" that changed NNY politics has died too young at age 56. Michael Kane, longtime advisor to Assembly Democrats died of cancer this week in an Albany hospital.
After the 2000 Census, Dems drew up a district that while still slightly Republican, cobbled together enough Democrat leaning towns to allow Darrel Aubertine to grab the seat. By taking Watertown, Massena, Ogdensburg and the two college towns, the district has stayed Democratic. The 116th AD is now held by Assemblywoman Addie Russell.
At the time, Democrats were looking to poach seats to get a veto proof majority. Dems are fighting to keep the 116th and add another to the east this year.
Assembly Dems' top campaign aide dies - NY Daily News