Balance of NY Legislature could change following special election

The New York State Capitol in Albany where Democrats and the GOP are vying for control of the Senate

While 32 should be the magic number for control of the Senate, Brooklyn Democratic Sen.

Sepulveda, a Democratic assemblyman, defeated Republican Patrick Delices in the New York State Senate 32nd District election on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the Senate Democratic conference did not mention Mr. Felder in a statement, but predicted victory in both races on Tuesday and expressed scorn for any member of the party who cooperated with the Republicans.

The 9 races for open state meeting seats Tuesday resulted in 4 wins for GOP candidates, with one saying he'll caucus with Democrats.

"I believe it is my obligation to prevent an unprecedented and uncertain late session political battle that will only hurt my constituents and New Yorkers", he said.

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Republicans beforehand had a one-seat majority within the 63-seat Senate - plus Felder. On Tuesday, Cuomo spokeswoman Dani Lever said he remains committed to a Democratic takeover of the Senate.

In Westchester County, Democratic Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer faces Republican Julie Killian, a former local official. And Syracuse-area Sen. John DeFrancisco ranks second in command in the Senate as deputy majority leader. Democrats say they'll now focus on winning a clear majority in November.

Tuesday's special Senate elections could decide whether Democrats wrest control of the chamber from Republicans, who now have a one-seat majority.

Democrats already control the Assembly and hold the offices of governor, comptroller and attorney general. But Mr. Felder, who was elected in 2012 as a Democrat but nearly immediately declared his intentions to sit with Republicans, remained an outlier.

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