Elaine Rivera joined the WNYC staff as the politics/economic development reporter in August. Prior to her arrival, Elaine had worked as a staff reporter at the Washington Post. From 1995 to 2001, she was a ...
New York, NY –
New York Democrats are expressing confidence that they can take control of the state Senate in next week's election. Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith of Queens says years of failed Republican policies have led to high property taxes, thousands of people losing their jobs, and leaving upstate.
SMITH: We know for 40 years Senate Republicans were in charge and they have failed the 19 million New Yorkers in this state.
REPORTER: But State Republican Party spokesman Matt Walter says Democrats should take the blame because of their longstanding control of the Assembly and two years in the governor's office.
Democrats currently have a two-seat deficit in the state Senate.