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Assembly Democrats Have Big Night, Too
Posted By Jon Campbell On November 7, 2012 @ 2:03 pm In Other | Comments Disabled
While much of the focus on the state level has been on the tight battle for control of the state Senate, Assembly Democrats quietly had themselves a strong night Tuesday.
The Democrats ousted two Republican incumbents—Bob Castelli of Goldens Bridge, Westchester County, and Bob Miller of Onondaga County—while picking up three open seats. In Suffolk County, Assemblyman Dean Murray holds an unofficial lead of 36 votes over Edward Hennessey, with paper ballots still to be counted.
If Murray’s lead holds, the Democrats would have a 106-44 edge in the Assembly. That would give Democrats a “veto proof” majority, since it take a two-thirds vote to overturn a governor’s veto of legislation.
Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua, Ontario County, said it was a “good night given the climate we’re in,” referring to New York’s 2-to-1 Democratic enrollment edge. The GOP was able to hold 7 of 9 vacant seats that were previously held by a Republican, Kolb said.
“We’re fighting hard,” Kolb said Wednesday. “If you look at our success over the last two cycles, we’ve done very well and we will continue to do well in what is a very blue state.”
The five seats picked up by Democrats include:
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