'Blue wave' threatens GOP's last bastion in NYS politics

Exterior view of the state Capitol in the morning fog on the opening day of the legislative session on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

The fight for Congress may be getting most of the attention but voters next week will also decide which party controls the New York state Senate, a battle with big implications for liberal legislative priorities.

Posted: Oct 31, 2018 1:37 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The fight for Congress may be getting most of the attention but voters next week will also decide which party controls the New York state Senate, a battle with big implications for liberal legislative priorities.

Democrats already control the state Assembly and hold the governor's office. They are hoping a predicted "blue wave" of voters unhappy with Republicans will help them take the Senate as well.

If they win the Senate, that could ease the way for bills to legalize marijuana, codify abortion rights and make it easier for child molestation victims to sue their abusers.

Republicans say one-party control in Albany would lead to higher taxes and a less competitive upstate economy.

The battle is playing out in several competitive Senate districts on Long Island and the Hudson Valley.

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