The question of which party will control the State Senate in January is still unresolved.
Paper ballot counts continue in two State Senate races. In the Hudson Valley’s 41st Senate District, Democrat Terry Gipson has increased his lead over incumbent Republican Steve Saland. While Saland has not conceded the race, it does not appear that he has much of a chance of mounting a comeback.
In the 43rd Senate District, Republican candidate George Amedore now leads Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk by 920 votes, with only 3,350 absentee ballots and 1,100 affidavit ballots from Ulster County left to be counted.
This race is critical to control of the state Senate — Republicans will have 32 votes (including that of Brooklyn Democrat Simcha Felder) if Amedore wins the race.
If Tkaczyk wins the race, the Republicans will have to form some sort of governing coalition with the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), a group of Democrats who refuse to support the current Senate Democratic leadership.
The Senate’s leadership situation is not likely to be resolved until the two unresolved Senate races are finally decided.