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Election showed strong Republican gain in Senate and Assembly

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Republicans were able to make gains in the Senate and Assembly after the election, but Democrats still have strong majorities.

According to the Times Union, what remains unclear is if the Democrats that are in the Senate will retain a two-thirds supermajority. While it’s possible, there are still a couple of close races that need to be called to determine that.

It looks like for the Assembly, Republicans haven’t made enough of a gain to eliminate the Democratic supermajority. Democrats have retained their supermajority in both chambers since the 2020 elections. This power would allow them to overcome a veto by the governor, but that has not happened since Andrew Cuomo or Kathy Hochul have been in office.

Before the election, Democrats had 107 of the 150 seats in the Assembly. The Republican Party would need to take over eight seats to break the Democrats’ supermajority. One hundred seats is the minimum amount a party needs to hold in order to keep the two-thirds supermajority in the Assembly chamber.

In the Senate, Democrats held 43 of 63 seats going into the election and they must keep at least 42 to retain the supermajority.