Last Monday, Democrats from around the state gathered in Manhattan to demand that a handful of breakaway Democrats in the State Senate end their working alliance with Senate Republicans and unite with the Senate’s mainline Democrats. They also urged Gov. Cuomo to work to bring the two sides together.

Democrats currently hold 32 of 63 State Senate seats, but nine Democrats are aligned with the Senate Republican Conference, giving the GOP control of that chamber. Eight of the nine are members of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC); the ninth, State Senator Simcha Felder of Brooklyn, caucuses directly with Republicans.

On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Suffolk County) released an op/ed in which he predicted that the Senate GOP will pick up seats in the 2018 elections.

State lawmakers are not on the ballot this coming November, but every one of them will be in 2018. Unshackle Upstate, through our political action committee (UPAC), will again be involved in identifying and supporting candidates, challengers and incumbents who are committed to fiscal responsibility, tax and regulatory relief, and to making New York State more business friendly so that Upstate communities can grow and thrive again.