Republicans regain sole control of the NY State SenatePosted: Updated:
In a state dominated 2-1 by Democratic voters, Republicans regained sole control of New York's state Senate's majority.
According to unofficial results, Republicans defeated three freshmen Democrats to get the 32 seats needed to control legislation, leadership appointments and resources in the chamber. Democrats remain in control of the state Assembly.
Crucial wins included Richard Funke beating Sen. Ted O'Brien in Rochester, and George Amedore downing Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk in the Albany area. Here in the Hudson Valley, Republican Terrence Murphy defeated Democrat Justin Wagner for the 40th District seat, keeping it in Republican control as Sen. Greg Ball leaves at the end of this term.
The GOP's control means Democratic state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, of Yonkers, won't become the first female and first African-American majority leader.
AP wires were used in this report