ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York state Senate will remain in Republican hands - for now.
A key Democratic state senator who has sided with Republicans said Tuesday that he will stay put - even if Democrats win two special elections Tuesday and win a numeric Senate majority.
Brooklyn Sen. Simcha Felder has long sat with Senate Republicans, to the frustration of members of his own party. Democratic leaders had hoped Felder might return if they win Tuesday's elections in Westchester County and the Bronx.
In Westchester County, Democratic Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer faces Republican Julie Killian, a former local official.
In the Bronx, Democratic Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda faces Republican Patrick Delices (deh-LEE'-sehs).
Republicans now have a one-seat Senate majority. Democrats say they'll now focus on winning a clear majority in November.
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