Republicans take control of State Senate
by Andrew Shilling
Nov 05, 2014 | 12184 views | 0 0 comments | 107 107 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Governor Andrew Cuomo won a second term, defeating Republican Rob Astorino. (Photo: Michael O'Kane)
Governor Andrew Cuomo won a second term, defeating Republican Rob Astorino. (Photo: Michael O'Kane)
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State Senator Joseph Addabbo heading to the polls at PS 220 with his wife Dawn. (Photo: Michael O'Kane)
State Senator Joseph Addabbo heading to the polls at PS 220 with his wife Dawn. (Photo: Michael O'Kane)
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It was a definitive win for United States Senate Republicans last night, capturing seven seats from Democrats and taking unprecedented control of the majority in Washington, and the same was true for the New York State Senate.

Republicans took three seat previously held by Democrats and held all but one GOP seat. That gives the Republicans 32 of the State Senate's 63 seats. The GOP entered Election Day with only 29 seats, but thanks to an agreement with five breakaway state senators known as the Independent Democratic Conference and an agreement with Brooklyn State Senator Simcha Felder, enjoyed a fragile leadership of the body.

IDC leader State Senator Jeff Klein promised to dissolve the group, which included Queens State Senator Tony Avella, but the GOP is expected to maintain its cozy relationship with Felder.

Queens voters, however, came to the polls in favor of more progressive leadership in the 2014 midterm elections last night, unanimously re-electing Democratic incumbents.

Avella cleanly swept his Republican challenger Paul Gilman with an authoritative 92 percent of the vote, while District 12 incumbent Michael Gianaris also beat out Republican challenger Anthony Laldorasi by more than 92 percent.

Following what became the most heated State Senate race in the borough this year, District 15 Democrat Joseph Addabbo took home 55 percent of the vote for the win against his Republican opponent Michael Conigliaro.

In the state Assembly, District 40 incumbent Ron Kim also held on to his seat, winning approximately 66 percent of the vote against GOP challenger Philip Gim.

Long Island and Queens Congressman Steve Israel beat Republican challenger Grant Lally by around 15,000 votes in the 3rd District, and Congressman Joeseph Crowley cleanly swept his Conservative Party opponent Elizabeth Perri by more than 40,000 votes.

Despite controversy and an ongoing investigation into why Governor Andrew Cuomo shuttered his anti-corruption commission earlier this year, voters re-elected the Democratic incumbent, but not necessarily by a resounding margin. Cuomo won with 54 percent of the vote to Republican Rob Astorino's 40 percent. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins took home roughly 5 percent of the vote.

Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was also reelected to a second term, as was Democratic State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

As for the ballot measure, voters were in favor of creating an independent redistricting commission free from legislative input by a vote of 57 to 42 percent. Voters also approved a bond measure to fund better technology in the state's schools.
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