With all 213 seats in the New York State Legislature up for grabs on Election Day all eyes were on whether the State Senate Democrats would increase their majority to at least 42 members or more, achieving a super-majority and giving them the potential to override a veto by Governor Cuomo. Three weeks after Election Day almost all of the Senate races are decided and the Democrats have 42 seats or more within their grasp.

The new Senate Democratic Conference will look different than the current group. Upstate could have five new members of the majority – combined with the five returning members of the majority from Long Island, they will make up a sizeable segment of the Democratic Conference that is sympathetic to small business concerns. Since the State has a deficit of more than $15 billion and we’re in desperate need of economic relief, these new legislators will be key to our success next year.