NY balance of power could shift after Dems win special elections

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Achieving a Democratic majority in Albany is critical to protecting NY from the impacts of Republican President Donald Trump's agenda, she said.

Democrat Shelley Mayer led by an insurmountable 58-to-42% margin with almost all precincts reporting in a Westchester district while a Democratic candidate was sweeping to victory with over 90% of the vote in a Bronx seat.

New York's real-estate industry spent almost $500,000 in recent weeks to boost GOP candidate Julie Killian in a special election on Tuesday that could determine whether Republicans maintain control of the state Senate.

Shelley Mayer, a Democrat, won a heated race in Westchester County's District 37 against Republican Julie Killian to fill the seat vacated by Democrat George Latimer.

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Meet the Democratic candidate: "I will work hard to stand up to the Republican extremism that has taken hold and prevented much-needed reforms", Mayer, a current NY assemblywoman, has said. Felder has long sided with the GOP. Felder has long sided with Republicans and said Tuesday he would continue the alliance regardless of the election outcomes.

Two big labor unions-the New York AFL-CIO and New York State United Teachers (NYSUT)-backed Stern's candidacy, which Stern's campaign claimed caused higher turnout in a special election. But Republicans are expected to stay in control of the Senate at least until the end of the legislative session in June because of the support of Sen.

While disappointed that they did not win two Assembly districts near Albany, Democratic officials pointed out that President Trump won those by strong margins in 2016. In the letter and news conference, Cuomo said Felder's worries about disrupting the Senate's operations are misplaced and based on the senator's worries about disrupting current partisan staffing.

"The New York City politicians who think it will be easy to flip the state Senate and impose their radical agenda on the people of New York should take heed", Reif said.

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Democrats outnumber Republicans by about 30,000 registered voters in the Westchester district, which includes Yonkers, Rye, Mamaroneck, Port Chester and Bedford. "It's pretty clear when she had the opportunity to do the right thing and champion women, she has failed numerous times".

A diner in Eastchester served as a microcosm of the election, which has taken on added importance.

Meet the Democratic candidate: "I am extremely moderate and willing to cross party lines", O'Connor, a member of the Green County Legislature, has said.

"I'm sure that he carefully weighed his decision and his announcement and I expect him to continue as he has, to be an honorable person putting his constituents first", said Sen.

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