GOP state senators fleeing Albany
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Things aren’t very comfortable for Republicans up in Albany these days. After losing their majority in the State Senate last year, members of the GOP are watching the Democratic-controlled Assembly and State Senate, in conjunction with the Democratic governor, pass legislation nearly at will.

Not only are they losing influence in the state capitol, they are losing donors, and the party under new chairman Nick Langworthy is doing little to build its base, which was his big pitch to party faithful as to why he should replace former chair Ed Cox.

Although he does send out a lot more press releases than Cox, making sure everyone knows how he feels on everything from bail reform to impeachment, he shares very little info on the qualified candidates he is lining up to challenge Democrats.

In order to gain control of the State Senate, the GOP would need to flip nine seats in the 63-seat chamber, but it seems unlikely they could flip even one.

Queens and Brooklyn used to send three state senators to Albany in Frank Padavan, Serf Maltese and Marty Golden, but those seats are held by Democrats now.

And the Republican Party in both of those boroughs is far from being in a position to find credible candidates, let alone provide the resources in way of fundraising and volunteers to help them mount a credible challenge.

But the worse news for New York State Republicans is that they could lose even more ground soon. At least six GOP state senators have announced they will be calling it quits and not seeking reelection.

Three other have announced that they are interested in making a run for Congress, hoping to make a jump to a city more friendly to their points of view, which could leave more ope seats.

With the Republican Party potentially losing up to nine incumbents in the State Senate, they will have to work hard to just hold on to the votes they have in Albany. You have to figure that at least three or four of those at minimum have a good chance to turn from red to blue.

Forget flipping seats, the Republican Party will have to work hard just to keep the seats it has, which means Albany will likely be in Democratic hands for the foreseeable (maybe longer!) future.

But we look forward to Langworthy’s next statement attacking Kirsten Gillibrand.

And in Congress...

Speaking of losing seats, the Republican Party will also have to defend two Congressional seats. Upstate Republican Chris Collins announced his resignation a couple of months ago, part of a plea deal related to insider trading.

And Peter King of Long Island announced that he would be stepping down after nearly three decades in Congress.

The GOP will likely be able to hold on to the upstate seat, but King’s seat on Long Island will definitely be one the Democrats will look to flip.

Challenge in Queens

A six-term incumbent in the state Assembly will have a challenger in next yer’s Democratic Primary.

Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas is executive director of the National Latina Institute. She will be taking on Assemblyman Michael DenDekker, who represents District 34, which includes Jackson Heights, where Gonzalez-Rojas has lived for the last 20 years.

In a post on medium.com, Gonzalez-Rojas had this to say about why she is running for the office:

“I am running for State Assembly because we deserve a choice in who represents us. For too long, we have been represented by someone who was handpicked by the party bosses in a rigged process that shut voters out. Someone who was more interested in aiding those in power than in helping those in need. Someone who has never had to face a challenger and who does not reflect our values or our diversity.”

Make the Road, an advocacy group in Queens, recently announced its endorsement of Gonzalez-Rojas. They cited her expertise on a range of issues, but also noted that the district has one of the largest concentrations of Latin-American residents in the entire city.

Despite that, the district has never been represented by a member of the Latin-America community.

Gonzalez-Rojas also has the endorsement of New York Communities for Change.

DenDekker was first elected to the Assembly in 2008, after longtime assemblyman Ivan Lafayette decided to retire. Lafayette was first elected to the post in 1977.
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