In the battle for control of the New York State Senate, the Senate’s majority Republicans appear to have a substantial cash advantage over the minority Democrats.

According to the most recent campaign filings, the Republicans report having $4.78 million to spend in the fall elections.  Senate Democrats say that they have $1 million in cash on hand, while they also pay off about $1.5 million in debt.

The primary election for Senate and Assembly seats will be held on Thursday, September 13. Below are some of the primary races that are expected to be competitive.

Senate Races

In the Hudson Valley’s 41st Senate District, 22-year incumbent Republican Steve Saland is being challenged by Neil DiCarlo.  DiCarlo has criticized Saland for his 2011 vote to legalize same sex marriage, and has the backing of the local Tea Party.

In Western New York’s 62nd Senate District, incumbent Republican George Maziarz is being challenged by Tea Party-backed candidate Johnny Destino.

Assembly Races

Long-time incumbent Democrat Jack McEneny is not running for reelection in Albany County’s 109th Assembly District.  Six candidates are looking to succeed him in 2013:  former Labor Department lawyer and Albany school board member Patricia Fahey, Albany County Legislator Chris Higgins, attorney Bill McCarthy, Albany City Councilman Frank Commisso Jr., former Albany County Executive Jim Coyne and Margarita Perez, who is Chief of Staff to State Senator Jose Peralta.

In Rochester’s 137th Assembly District, long-time incumbent Democrat David Gantt is being challenged by Rochester City School Commissioner Jose Cruz and Rochester City Councilman John Lightfoot.