Democrats win back N.Y. Senate, giving them complete control of state government
While Democrats returned to power in the U.S. House of Representatives in Tuesday's midterm elections , they expanded their power down ballot by taking control of the New York state Senate for the first time in a decade.
With Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo re-elected to a third term and Democrats maintaining their large majority in the state Assembly, taking the Senate back from the Republicans means Democrats will have total control of New York state government.
While votes are still being counted in some races, Democrats said they expect to have a strong majority of the Senate chamber's 63 seats thanks to big wins on Long Island.
Republicans conceded the loss of what was their last grasp on power in state government. Democrats will also fill the offices of state attorney general and comptroller.
"While tonight's results are disappointing, the Senate Republican Conference will continue to be a strong and important voice in Albany," Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan said. "When we need to push back, we will push back. And where we can find common ground, we will always seek it."
Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins of Yonkers is now in line to lead the Senate when the Legislature reconvenes in January.
"We will finally give New Yorkers the progressive leadership they have been demanding," she said in a statement.