New York state Senate

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With two Republican state senators retiring, the GOP could lose their slim majority in the New York State Senate on Tuesday. Senator John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) said he doesn’t want Democrats to lead the state Senate, as they did briefly in 2009 and 2010. 

November's election will determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the New York state Senate in the next term, and it could come down to just a few hundred votes in a small number of key Senate contests. Both sides are hopeful that they will be victorious.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will soon be hitting the campaign trail... for other candidates. While the governor is not up for reelection himself until 2016, at a cabinet meeting Monday in Albany, Cuomo said that with this year's election just over two weeks away, endorsements and campaign events to get out the vote matter.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is not running for office this year, but his face and name are still appearing in election mailers in many New York homes.  That is because state lawmakers from both parties running for reelection are using the popular governor’s image in their campaign literature.

The Republican state senator who lost a primary after voting for gay marriage is dropping out of the race. Senator Roy McDonald says he will not campaign on the Independence Party line in the general election and will instead back his former primary opponent. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo has crossed party lines and offered a political endorsement to Republican state Senator Roy McDonald, who lost a primary this month after voting to support same sex marriage in 2011.

Amy Tresidder, the Democratic candidate running against Republican state Senator Patty Ritchie, is accusing the incumbent of misusing taxpayer funds to boost her campaign. 

The Business Council of New York released its annual report card of the state's legislators, and the group gave New York Senate Republicans high marks for approving a pro-business agenda.

The head of the New York state Republican Party predicts that the choice of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential candidate will be helpful in some portions of New York state.

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In the wake of increased gun violence in New York and two mass shootings in the nation in the last few weeks, a State Senator is proposing stricter gun laws that he says could give New York the toughest gun laws in the country.

One New York state Senate seat that has been hotly contested in recent years in central New York, will not be this year.  Republicans have not been able to come up with anyone to run against Democrat Dave Valesky in the 53rd Senate District.

A recent poll offers some hope to Senate Democrats who are trying retake the Senate after losing to Republicans two years ago, but the GOP says they are far from worried.
 

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Not many New Yorkers likely know that three women are running for U.S. Senate in November.

Colia Clark is a veteran of the civil rights movement, and a former Democrat. Now she is a Green Party candidate running for Senate against incumbent Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican Wendy Long.

According to an analysis by the New York Public Interest Research Group, the 2012 session resulted in 571 pieces of legislation approved by both houses of the New York state legislature.  

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New York state lawmakers have approved legislation requiring doctors to issue drug prescriptions electronically within three years.

Democrats and Republicans in the State Senate engaged in partisan squabbling over reform of the state’s campaign finance system.

Republicans in the state Senate Tuesday night brought up a bill that would give $10 million in extra aid to schools. 

Some New York State lawmakers are trying to reinvigorate the debate over the minimum wage. Governor Cuomo admits it could again be on the table in Albany.

A State Senator from Western New York was back at work at the State Capitol Monday, following an incident over the weekend at a Niagara Falls Indian Casino where he and his wife were involved in a fight.

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