New York Senate partisan count could be undecided until January 2011

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November 5, 2010

ALBANY, New York: Whether New York becomes a trifecta for Democrats may be unknown until 2011, as the New York State Senate partisan makeup is undecided with three races still too close to call.[1]

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The races still open to suspense are:

In District 60, the race is expected to undergo a recount. Roughly 61,700 votes were cast, which may have to go through a one-by-one count by hand.[2]

Currently, Martins and Cohen are leading their race with slim margins, while Thompson is in front of Grisanti.[1]

The recount could be a very lengthy and expensive process. Election lawyers can earn $800 an hour, and a hoard of individuals would need to be present at the recount -- judges, lawyers, clerks and sheriff deputies among them.

A court hearing on November 5 is expected to kick-start the process of how to resolve the District 60 votes situation.

Whatever happens, governor Andrew Cuomo (D) may assume office in January 2011 with an unknown partisan label to his state senate.

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