Simcha Felder's Special Election

Glen Norman
April 26, 2018

"We do have more defensive terrain to hold than when the cycle started", Law said, "and targeted Democratic incumbents have been over-performing in terms of their early fundraising activity".

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins says the Democratic Senate candidate in the special election in Westchester Tuesday won by almost 20 points in what was expected to be a close race.

Stern won with 59 percent of the vote, while Smitelli had 42 percent of the vote in the special election to fill a seat vacated by Republican Chad Lupinacci.

Felder, who has won his district in the heart of Orthodox Brooklyn running on both the Republican and Democratic lines, has long caucused with Republicans.

But the governor predicts that if Felder remains with the GOP, "nothing" will happen during the remaining 25 session days.

Therefore, regardless of which candidates prevail in today's elections, I will continue to caucus with the Majority Coalition.

Republicans, meanwhile, said they expected Felder to follow through on his promise and remain with the GOP. Yonkers Assemblywoman Mayer handily beat Rye Republican Killian by 14 points.

It's a messy morning victory dance for State Senate Democrats, where it seems like their favorite move is one step forward and two steps back.

The special election on Tuesday has the opportunity to shift the balance of the legislature, putting Senate Democrats in the majority for the first time in years.

Michael Dawidziak, a political consultant who primarily works with Republicans, says if the Democrats ultimately gain control of the Senate, Assembly and the governor's mansion - Long Island will lose its political clout in Albany.

Luis Sepulveda, left, speaks to a constituent while campaigning in the Bronx borough of NY on Monday.

All 63 seats in the Senate are up for grabs in the November election, giving both parties a new chance to snag a majority.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson told reporters at City Hall Wednesday that Felder's position would likely be less relevant after the November elections.

Mayer says she did everything she could to help Lilkendey and others.

"She was the most powerful legal authority at the time. I'm going to go up there, push some buttons and get things done", said Killian.

"I feel terribly about their circumstances", said Mayer.

"She's no champion of women", Killian said. If Killian wins, Republicans rule.

"I believe the people of this district need an activist, progressive senator", Ms. Mayer said.

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