Democrats win special elections for New York state Senate seats

By Zack Fink |

( – Democrats won two New York state Senate special elections Tuesday, gaining a numerical majority of the number of representatives in the chamber. But the results will not allow Democrats to wrest control of the state legislature, as a key Democratic senator announced earlier in the day that he will continue to side with Republicans regardless of what would happen in the special elections.

In Westchester County’s 37th Senate District, Democratic Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer defeated Republican Julie Killian, a former local official.

As of 10:29 p.m., with at least 61 of 313 precincts reporting, Mayer had 4,536 votes (60.6 percent) to Killian’s 2,895 (38.7 percent). Shortly before 10 p.m., Mayer declared victory, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo rallying with her shortly afterwards.

In the Bronx’s 32nd Senate District, Democratic Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda beat Republican Patrick Delices. Sepulveda was expected to win handily because that is an overwhelming Democratic district.

As of 10:29 p.m. Tuesday, with 173 of 219 precincts reporting, Sepulveda had 2,096 votes (88.7 percent) to Delices’s 51 votes (2.2 percent) and Reform Party candidate Pamela Stewart-Martinez’s 158 votes (6.7 percent).

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