Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo wins big in the 2018 election and his party wins control of the State Senate….
They already have a majority in the NY State Assembly….
Mr. Cuomo’s win also appeared to come with coattails: Democrats won all four statewide races, including Letitia James, the New York City public advocate who was elected state attorney general, making her the first African-American woman to hold that post. She would succeed Barbara Underwood, who was the first woman to serve as attorney general.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, another potential 2020 candidate, cruised to re-election, easily dispatching Chele Chiavacci Farley, the Republican candidate.
Democrats were also poised to take control of the State Senate, a chamber that the Republicans have controlled virtually uninterrupted for decades — giving Democrats a possible sweep of the executive and both legislative branches. Early returns suggested that the Democrats were well on their way to winning a number of races, surpassing the single seat they needed to capture control of Albany’s upper chamber.
Indeed, the Albany that Mr. Cuomo will return to will be different than the one he has led for nearly eight years. With the victories of a clutch of young, progressive Democrats to the State Legislature, the agenda in Albany may soon include a number of left-leaning initiatives, such as single-payer health care and the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Republicans, meanwhile, seemed likely to continue an inglorious streak, having not won a statewide race since Gov. George E. Pataki was elected to a third term in 2002. They had also lost their sole foothold in New York City’s congressional delegation, as Max Rose, a Democrat and war veteran, defeated Rep. Dan Donovan, an incumbent Republican. Upstate was no better for the G.O.P., with two incumbents — John Faso and Claudia Tenney — seemingly going down to defeat…..
New York City Public Advocate Letitia James Tuesday night made history by becoming the first black woman elected state attorney general.
James, a Democrat, cruised to victory over Republican corporate lawyer and first-time candidate Keith Wofford. With more than 81% of the precincts reporting as of 11:15 p.m., James led Wofford by a 60.1% to 33.1% margin…..
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