Leadership change in Albany could impact WNY

Nov 5, 2018

Election Day 2018 could usher in a new era of Democratic control in the state legislature. The Dems have a firm grip on the Assembly. But Republicans only hold a one vote majority in the Senate - and competitive races are underway in several districts downstate.

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Senator Patrick Gallivan, an Elma Republican says, if his party loses control of the Senate it will effect the quality of life of upstate residents. Gallivan says, in 2009-2010, the Senate majority and leadership came from New York City.

"So, I think, the fight so to speak, with this one vote majority, is about our way of life and about upstate and balance and representation," Gallivan said. 

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But, the region could benefit, if Democrats win control of the chamber. That's because Senator Tim Kennedy is poised for a leadership role. Kennedy says he's looking forward to delivering more for Buffalo and Western New York.  

"There's no question in my mind that with a Democratic majority in the senate we will accomplish many more of those goals that are important to working families," Kennedy said. 

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Both Kennedy and Gallivan are seeking reelection unopposed.