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New York state majority goes democrat, elected officials react

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Major changes are ahead for New York following Tuesday night’s election.

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo was re-elected, while democrats retained control of the state assembly and gained power in the state senate.

Now democrats have control of the Governor’s office and both parts of the legislative branch. For democratic Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, this switch of power is good news.

“It’s gonna be a little bit easier for us to pass some legislation that has been held up in the senate…early voting regarding climate change, issues to do with campaign finance reform,” Lupardo said.

Lupardo said having the majority comes with a few challenges, one being not many democratic elected officials are from upstate New York.

“The challenge is to make sure they understand we have one big fabulous state and we all have the same needs and interests whether it’s education, infrastructure repair,” Lupardo said, “but upstate is very large and has a lot of needs.”

Republican State Senator Fred Akshar promised to continue fighting for upstate’s needs. Akshar sent 12 News a statement that reads:

“I’m so incredibly grateful to the people of the 52nd Senate District for their continued support as we fight for our upstate community’s needs and values in Albany. Whether in the Majority or Minority of the New York State Senate, I’ll never stop fighting for the people of our great district. When I was first elected three years ago, I pledged to be a loud and energetic voice for the people I represent, and I’ll do everything in my power to make sure that the leaders of this state listen to our collective voice.”

Election night created more history than just a change in the majority. Lupardo said 70 women were elected to the New York state legislature, with 20 women in the state senate and 50 in the state assembly.

“I’m really thrilled. It’s a 10% increase in the number of women since I’ve been in office. We’ve worked very hard to get women to step up because when women are in the room, we have better policies made in my opinion,” Lupardo said.

Lupardo said having more women in the room will create better balance.

Grace Gagnon

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