The State Senate Could Be Even Worse This Year


As unthinkable as it may seem that New York’s State Senate really could get any worse, it actually could if today’s vote results in a single Democratic seat being flipped, which is very possible. That would result in a 31-31 split between Democrats and Republicans in the chamber and perhaps even more gridlock, power struggles, and power trips than before. We could also see a constitutional fight over the powers of the lieutenant governor, who traditionally has only cast tie-breaking votes on procedural matters, but, some predict, could “test the law” in the event of a stalemated Senate. Good times. [Times Union]