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NY Senate stalls as vote tallied

One month after the Nov. 2 election, no one holds the reins of the State Senate.

One month after the Nov. 2 election, no one holds the reins of the State Senate.

Two stalled races will decide which party owns a razor-thin majority. Boxes of ballots are stacked in Long Island and Westchester, waiting to be counted ahead of a Dec. 6 deadline. Yesterday, in Nassau County Republican Jack Martins was leading Democratic incumbent Craig Johnson by 446 votes.

Before the election, Democrats had a slim 32-30 majority. Now, Democrats control the Assembly, and can count on support from governor-elect, Andrew Cuomo. Both parties salivate at the next legislature’s duties — carving out Congressional district lines.

In Westchester County, Democratic incumbent Suzi Oppenheimer was fighting off a challenge from Republican Bob Cohen, also determined by a few hundred votes.

Said Costas Panagopoulos, a Fordham University political science professor:?“Citizens would never sacrifice accuracy in the vote-counting process for speed.”

 
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