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2019 Election Results

Thursday, November 8, 2018  
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Although election results at the federal level were not as momentous as many predicted, New York State saw a shift in power that will guide us through the next two years of our legislative agenda.

As expected, Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul won their elections by a significant margin.

Democrats picked up eight seats giving them control of the Senate for the first time in a decade. The Democrats will now be in the position of appointing new committee chairs and PSSNY members can anticipate working with new legislators in these key positions.

One of the most shocking upsets was in the 6th Senate district where Kemp Hannon, 28-year incumbent Senator, lost his seat to Democratic challenger Kevin Thomas. Hannon served as Chair of the Health committee and will be replaced in that position by a senior Democrat in January.

"The voters of New York State have spoken and they have elected a clear Democratic majority to the state Senate," said Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who is poised to become the first female to lead the chamber.

PSSNY's legislative and grassroots strategy has been to work with all legislators regardless of their party affiliation. That approach now pays off with a change in control of the Senate.

Control of the Assembly still remains in the hands of the Democrats, and Carl Heastie will likely continue as Speaker of the Assembly.

Letitia James, the new Attorney General, was the former New York City public advocate and interjected pharmacy benefit manager concerns into her campaign. PSSNY looks forward to continuing the conversation with the state's chief legal officer.

Next Steps

The new legislative session begins January 2, 2019 and each chamber will begin to assign leadership positions, appoint committee chair positions and welcome new faces.

Meanwhile, PSSNY will continue to work with the state agencies and the Governor's office as the state budget discussions get under way. We will also be reaching out and educating the newly elected and newly appointed leaders in the early days of the session.