As the Senate Turns
November 19th, 2010

Sen. Darrel Aubertine conceded to his Republican challenger Patrica Ritchie yesterday. It wasn’t surprising to most observers as Aubertine was far behind in the count. Aubertine won a special election in 2008 that helped put Democrats closer to gaining the majority that they now seem very close to losing. Here is Aubertine’s statement:

“I am extremely grateful for the support Ive received over the years and the opportunities Ive been given to serve the people of the North Country for eight years and Central New York for the past two and a half years.

I am proud of what weve accomplished working together across political divisions and I wish Senator-elect Patty Ritchie well in serving the people of Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties.

Meanwhile, Sen. John Sampson is insisting that the Democrats will still control the majority and lashed out against Gov. David Paterson who said he thinks the Republican control of the senate is a foregone conclusion. But things don’t look wonderful for Democrats. Sen. Craig Johnson trails Republican challenger Jack Martins by 403 votes with all undisputed ballots counted. There are still 879 dispute ballots that must be ruled on by a judge.

Andrew Cuomo got his wish this week and Appeals Court Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman has set an expedited schedule for legal proceedings regarding the three contested senate seats.

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