While Hillary Clinton overwhelmingly won the popular vote in New York State, Donald Trump prevailed in all but eight Upstate counties.
Gov. Cuomo told reporters that he called President-elect Trump to congratulate him and the two discussed issues of concern to New York, including building and infrastructure. The Governor said that Mr. Trump being from New York would be “a bonus” because he understands the needs of large urban areas. The Governor also said that while he will work with the federal government where possible, he will vigorously oppose the new administration on other issues on which they disagree.
Some commentators have begun looking ahead to potential 2020 presidential the candidates, and Gov. Cuomo’s name has come up. On Sunday, he released an open letter in which he said that New York State will remain a refuge for downtrodden minorities. He wrote: “For our values, for our rights, for our vision of America, for the people who depend on us, we will fight. And for that, we are unwilling to compromise.”
In Albany, the Democrats maintained their overwhelming control of the state Assembly, with 107 seats. The Republicans appear poised to remain in control of the State Senate, holding 30 seats, with two Long Island races still outstanding.
If the Senate GOP can win at least one of these two races then they will hold an outright majority. Brooklyn Democrat Simcha Felder, who has caucused with the GOP since 2014, has publicly stated he will remain a member of the Senate Republican Conference.
In the 5th Senate District, which includes parts of Nassau and Suffolk counties, incumbent Republican Carl Marcellino leads Democrat James Gaughran by 2,425-votes with about 8,000 absentee ballots to count. A Marcellino win looks very likely in this race.
The race in Nassau County’s 8th Senate District is too close to call. After Election Night, Democratic challenger John Brooks edged freshman Republican incumbent Michael Venditto by 33 votes, but after one day of counting absentee ballots, Senator Venditto has reclaimed the lead by 68 votes. with as many as 6,000 total absentee ballots to count. This race looks like it could go either way.
We’re looking forward to working with a Senate Republican majority in 2017, as they are Albany’s leading advocates for state policies that promote fiscal responsibility and job creation efforts.