New York in Democrat Control After Party Retains Assembly, Wins Senate

What will the new power structure mean across the State?

Amherst, NY (WBEN) - While the eyes of most voters were on who would control the House of Representatives and Senate in Washington, in New York it was state-wide races that may prove to have the biggest impact.

Democrats swept state-wide elections, meaning the party now controls not only the Governor's mansion and Assembly, but now also the State Senate. 

"And every other state office as well," said Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief of the New York Daily News. "We haven't had this since 2009." 

What does the clean sweep mean for the next legislative session?

"The floodgates are going to open to a host of progressive legislation that they have been trying to push for years, but has got locked in the Republican Senate," Lovett said. "Things like strengthening the state's abortion laws, additional gun control measures, ethics reforms, voting reforms, criminal justice reforms. I think it's going to be a pretty hefty agenda and they'll want to make it look like they're hitting the ground running so you'll see a lot done in January." 

Many believe the Democratic control will also mean that a Child Victims Act could potentially gain more momentum, and that it may be easier to pass a bill legalizing recreational marijuana.

While the change in power may bring big changes as soon as January, real Republican concern lies with what may happen two years from now. 

"If they keep it for one more election cycle, the 2020 elections are going to be huge, then they are going to get to re-draw the map for the Senate Districts after the 2020 census," said Erie County Legislator and WBEN Hardline host Kevin Hardwick. "The Senate districts will then look a lot like the Assembly districts. The Assembly is well over 100 Democrats to less than 50 Republicans. The Senate will look the same way, and we'll be a one-party state for the rest of my life."

How did your Senate district vote? See for yourself in the results below:

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