New York had 4 special elections yesterday in General Assembly and Republicans picked up 2 seats. While this is not enough to affect the overwhelming Democratic majority in the Assembly, this will have an impact on the political landscape in 2010 particularly in the race for Governor, control of the NYS Senate ( Dems control by 2 seats and they voted yesterday to expel one of their members yesterday after he was convicted of beating up his girlfriend) , and Republicans hopes of picking up the 8 plus seats we have lost the previous few cycles here in Empire State ( Bishop, McMahon, Hall, Murphy, Owens, Maffei, Massa, Arcuri)
The Democrats kept Assembly Seat seat in Queens in NYC
Republicans kept Assembly Seat in Nassua County
Republicans continued their wins in Suffolk County by talking Assembly District 3 seat: Republican Dean Murray eeked a win over Lauren Thoden with a margin of less than 200 votes.
Over in Westchester Republicans picked up District 89: Republican Bob Castelli easily defeated Democratic County Legislator Peter Harckham, transferring this seat to the Republicans, who haven’t held this seat for 17 years.
Perhaps we can have hope for NY GOP and building up the farm team after we have been bloodied up and pretty much evaporated will take time for statewide races but increasing out elected officials in counties is good news indeed. It proves Ethics, Property Taxes, and Health Care Bill are all winning formulas in state especially for NYC suburb voters.