Democrats are on the cusp of securing a veto-proof majority in the state Senate, declaring a close-race win in the Hudson Valley for their 41st seat.
Michelle Hinchey appears to have defeated Rich Amedure in the 46th senatorial district that takes in Greene and Montgomery counties as well as parts of Ulster, Albany and Schenectady counties.
Hinchey, the daughter of the late Congressman Maurice Hinchey, garnered an avalanche of absentee ballots to overcome a 8,000 deficit in the machine count on Election Day.
Three first-term Democratic senators also won re-election in Brooklyn and Long Island earlier this week after a tidal wave of absentee ballots overcame deficits in the machine count.
Democrats only need to win one of the three remaining races where absentee ballots are still being counted to cement their 42nd seat in the 63-seat chamber– giving them the potential to override vetoes handed down by fellow Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
That could strengthen in negotiations with the governor on budget issues and legislation.
“We’re feeling good,” Deputy Senate Majority Leader Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) said when asked if the Democrats would reach the veto-proof threshold.
One of the three remaining races pits former GOP Westchester County Executive and gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino vs. Democratic incumbent Peter Harckham in the 40th SD that takes in Putnam, Duchess and parts of Westchester.
Meanwhile, on the congressional side, former Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney leads her opponent, first-term Democratic incumbent Rep. Anthony Brindisi, by a slim 100-vote margin in the race for New York’s 22nd Congressional district.
Brindisi swiped the seat from Tenney in 2018 during the so-called Democratic “blue wave” mid-term election, despite higher GOP enrollment compared to Democratic voters and pro-Trump sentiment in the area.
Tenney led Brindisi by roughly 28,400 votes on election night, but once the eight counties in the district started counting absentee ballots mailed in by voters, the Democrat clinched over 70 percent of the tallies — making the race one the closest in the state and nation.
A victor has yet to be determined and both candidates told The Post they expected to prevail.
The district stretches from south of Canada to the Pennsylvania border, taking in the Binghamton and Utica regions.
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