Republicans regain majority in New York state senate

NEW YORK (BestGrowthStock) – Republicans will regain control of the New York State Senate in January after a Democrat on Monday lost a recount bid for his closely fought Long Island seat.

Democrats won control of the state’s upper house in 2008, ending decades of Republican rule.

The state’s top appeals court ruled that the contested votes were too few to change the outcome of the election, handing an effective victory to Republican Jack Martins.

Democratic Senator Craig Johnson, who is finishing his second term in Albany, conceded his seat to Martins on Monday.

Johnson had appealed a lower court’s decision not to have the roughly 85,000 votes recounted. Johnson lost to Martins by 451 votes.

The senate will be divided 32-30 as governor-elect Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, prepares to take the reins of the state in January. Some experts say that a Republican senate might help Cuomo advance fiscal reforms aimed at taming a projected $9.5 billion budget deficit.

(Reporting by Basil Katz, editing by Greg McCune)

Republicans regain majority in New York state senate