Republicans ‘hopes of weakening Democrats’ advantage in the state Senate were dashed as absentee votes overtook those in several competing races.
The New York Democrats now lead in 39 races as the counting of ballots continues. The party now expects to match at least 40 seats, which it currently holds, if not, get a seat or two.
The numbers could worry struggling landlords tenant-friendly legislation in Albany after last year’s amendment to the landmark lease law.
However, the Democrats overcoming the GOP leadership in the Senate ‘s state races are moderates who might prove to be ally for real estate by not dominating the majority of the Senate with left-wing members. This could preserve measures that cancel the lease or significantly reduce evictions Since the transition, but with Republicans remaining on the sidelines in the upper house, a law stabilizing rent suitable for tenants is unlikely to change much, if at all.
Passage a pied-à-terre tax it also stays in the air.
The number of absentee ballots in favor of Democratic candidates reflects the trend in the federal election, with President Donald Trump having a strong personal turnout more than offset by Joe Biden’s backing.
Like Trump, Republicans in New York recorded solid numbers on the day of the vote, but the results of Senate candidates in a number of rocking districts proved to be fleeting.
“We knew this red fatamorgana would turn into a blue ocean,” New York State Democratic Committee chairman Jay Jacobs told the Wall Street Journal.
[WSJ] – Sylvia Varnham O’Regan