Monday, November 12, 2012

Policy issues hinge on control of state Senate

As the battle for control of the state Senate shifts from voting booths to the final ballot counts, the fate of major policy issues in New York will likely rest on whether Democrats or Republicans come out on top.

Democratic Senate candidates in battleground districts across the state were successful Tuesday, running on issues like raising the state’s $7.25-an-hour minimum wage or overhauling campaign-finance laws. Both issues would face a rosier future with Democrats at the helm of the chamber in 2013.

Republicans, who currently hold a 33-29 seat majority, ran on a message of controlling spending and creating jobs. They have pledged to continue down a more fiscally austere path than when Democrats last controlled the Senate in 2009 and 2010.

Democrats said they have claimed as many as four seats to retake the majority in January. Republicans said the final count of absentee ballots in two races, where more than 15,000 total ballots are to be counted, would give them the majority. There’s also the possibility that some Democrats could join the Republican conference, keeping the majority in the GOP hands.  POST

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