The State Senate Could Be Even Worse This Year

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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]