Albany, Turning Blue

The Story

Election Day is Tuesday, and all state offices in New York are on the ballot. This year’s election could see a major power shift in Albany, assuming that the state senate becomes solidly Democratic, as is widely expected. In that scenario, Democrats would then hold control of both legislative houses and the governor’s mansion for the first time in decades–and the party would face few obstacles in enacting an ambitious progressive agenda.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Health: Implementing single-payer health care in New York State, as many Democrats want to do, would require a 156% increase in taxes. Read more.

  2. Schools: Charter schools are successful and popular, but a Democrat-controlled legislature will likely seek to halt their expansion and make it harder for them to operate. Read more.

  3. Rent: Increasing rent regulation in New York State, as many Democrats want to do, would worsen the housing crisis by discouraging people from moving and discouraging new development. Read more.

“The stakes couldn't be higher for upstate this year.”

Daphne Jordan, NY state senate candidate

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The Past is Present

Goodbye, New York By Fred Siegel (May 24, 2011)

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