Democrats capture slim majority in state Senate

Democrats gained control of the state Senate Tuesday, giving the party control of both legislative houses and the governor?s office for the first time since 1935. Democrats now hold 32 seats of the 60-seat

News 12 Staff

Nov 6, 2008, 12:08 AM

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Democrats gained control of the state Senate Tuesday, giving the party control of both legislative houses and the governor?s office for the first time since 1935.
Democrats now hold 32 seats of the 60-seat chamber. The change was helped by one Long Island race, that in the 3rd Senate District. Brookhaven Town Supervisor Brian Foley successfully unseated 36-year incumbent Caesar Trunzo.
The power shift means state Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) loses his majority leader position. Republicans say the loss of that important seat on Long Island means Nassau and Suffolk will lose out in Albany.
"Let?s see what they do to deliver school aid,? Skelos says.
Hofstra University professor Lawrence Levy agrees Long Island?s Assembly Democrats will have to step up to help deliver school aid and taxes to their home districts.
Craig Johnson, re-elected in the 7th Senate District, says Democrats will take care of business in Albany and do what?s best for Long Island.
The Associated Press reports four Senate Democrats were meeting with Republicans about what's in it for them should they defect to the GOP. Leaders wouldn't confirm the talks.


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