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Still Waiting: Final NY Senate Tally Could Take Weeks

Friday, November 05, 2010

It could be weeks before we find out the balance of power in the New York State Senate.

Three races โ€“ all of which are currently held by Democrats โ€“ are still too close to call in the narrowly-divided legislative body, and results won't be decided until after thousands of absentee ballots are counted beginning next week.

Republicans have a small lead in two of the three districts. In the 7th District in Nassau County, incumbent Democrat Craig Johnson trails Republican Jack Martins by 415 votes. In the 60th District that includes part of Buffalo, incumbent Democrat Antoine Thompson trails Republican Mark Grisanti by 468 votes. And in the 37th District in Westchester, Democratic Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer holds a 466-vote lead over her Republican challenger Bob Cohen. In each case, thousands of absentee and other ballots are yet to be counted.

Democrats need to win at least two of the three outstanding races to keep the majority they currently hold. Two wins by Democrats would split the two major parties at 31 votes apiece, but the tiebreaking vote would from the Lieutenant Governor-elect, a Democrat. But if the current results hold, Republicans will take majority control of the chamber with 32 seats.

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Comments [6]

John waters from Norway

It seems as if the people who commented about Pelosi are confused between federal and state legislatures. No wonder our country is such a mess.

Nov. 08 2010 03:56 PM
Mike from Inwood/Tribeca

I think Pelosi should stay, too. The Tea Party has prodded the Republicans to the right. Maybe we need a similar movement to prod the Democrats to the left.

Nov. 08 2010 02:24 PM
Sonne Hernandez from Bushwick

Definately think Pelosi should stay...as far as I see is the person who does not compromise and stands for the people with a loud voice...we need that loud voice.

Nov. 08 2010 10:20 AM
Sonne Hernandez from Bushwick

Definately think Pelosi should stay...as far as I see is the person who does not compromise and stands for the people with a loud voice...we need that loud voice.

Nov. 08 2010 10:20 AM
David from Great Neck

I sure would like my absentee vote counted in the Nassau Senate race! There are at least 3,400 waiting. Find it hard to believe Johnson lost. There is a precedent: in 1964, Sen. Henry Curran, R, lost the Election Day count to Albert Kimball, D, but the recount showed he had won. Served for years until Rocky made him a NYS commissioner!

Nov. 08 2010 08:45 AM
Joe Fazio

Now is a good time to focus on how Albany stays so crazy. The people in Albany are sent there by the voters. So in six months when the law makers in Albany are making your life a hell remember how they got there.

Nov. 08 2010 04:52 AM

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