Harckham upset shifts balance of power in AlbanyPosted: Updated:
In one of the races that helped sway the balance of power in Albany, Democrat Pete Harckham defeated Republican incumbent Terrence Murphy in the race for the 40th Senate District.
The 40th Senate District stretches from northern Westchester County into Putnam and Dutchess counties. It was one of only a few Senate seats that going into the election could have gone either way. Republicans went into Tuesday's mid-terms with a one-seat majority in the 63-seat Senate
Sen. Murphy won in 2016 even when the district went for Hillary Clinton. he has yet to concede defeat.
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Harckham, a former Westchester County legislator and member of Gov. Cuomo's administration, will become part of a Senate that has a clear Democratic majority for one of the first times in the last century.
Harckham says he plans on following the progressive platform by tackling such issues as reproductive rights and gun control measures.
But the Lewisboro resident says he will also represent those who didn't vote for him. “I represent them as well and I'm always there to listen to them and represent their views and we can have a dialogue and disagree without being disagreeable," he says.
The Democratic victory in the New York Senate also puts Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers), in line to become the Senate's first female majority leader.