Island Vote 2014: Battle for control of state Senate

New York voters will soon decide who will be in control of the state Senate. Lenny Volpe, of Westbury, plans to vote with his wallet in mind, but first he has to determine which party should be in

News 12 Staff

Oct 17, 2014, 3:32 AM

Updated 3,569 days ago

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New York voters will soon decide who will be in control of the state Senate.
Lenny Volpe, of Westbury, plans to vote with his wallet in mind, but first he has to determine which party should be in charge of the state's purse strings.
"I'd like to see somebody in control that's going to look for the people, not the party that they work for," said Volpe.
For the past four years, the Republican Party has maintained power. In fact, all of Long Island's nine state senators are Republicans.
Political analyst Larry Levy says the current balance of power has provided Nassau and Suffolk with a lot of clout in Albany.
"The Long Island delegation has a strong voice within the Republican caucus, and as long as the Republicans have at least a share of control, they have a strong voice in New York state," Levy told News 12.
Republican Senate Co-Leader Dean Skelos, of Rockville Centre, says the battle for control is as much suburbs versus city, as it is Republican versus Democrat. He points to the last time the Democrats had a majority in 2009.
"In terms of school aid, there was a total shift from Long Island into New York City...the Democrats imposed the MTA payroll tax, which really crippled so many small businesses," said Skelos.
Nassau County Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs says he believes his side of the aisle has learned from those mistakes and says the Republican-led Senate hasn't fared much better.
"We're choking in property taxes based on the schools," said Jacobs.
Election Day is Nov. 4.


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