Republicans take outright control of NY senate

Republicans will hold a 32 to 31 outright majority in the state Senate in January. Currently, Republicans are outnumbered by Democrats 29 to 32, but six Democrats broke with their party and joined

News 12 Staff

Nov 6, 2014, 3:50 AM

Updated 3,483 days ago

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Republicans take outright control of NY senate
Republicans will hold a 32 to 31 outright majority in the state Senate in January.
Currently, Republicans are outnumbered by Democrats 29 to 32, but six Democrats broke with their party and joined forces with Republicans, putting a coalition in power.
All nine Long Island state senators are Republicans, which could give Nassau and Suffolk counties considerable clout in Albany.
State Senate Co-Leader Dean Skelos (R - Rockville Centre) says the majority will help ensure that state tax dollars don't get unfairly funneled to heavily Democratic New York City.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who won a second term, has worked well with Republican senators over the past four years on such key issues as the property tax cap. During his victory speech Tuesday, however, he mentioned issues that Republicans oppose.
"We're going to pass public finance. We're going to pass the Dream Act. We're going to raise the minimum wage for working families," said Cuomo.
Newly re-elected state Sen. Jack Martins (R - Mineola) says that while his party and the governor may not see eye to eye on all issues, he expects little change in their relationship.
"We have worked with him to meet halfway, to find common ground," said Martins.


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