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Democratic N.Y. State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
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Democrats who lead the state Senate announced Monday that they have won enough seats to hold a supermajority. That means they can override vetoes by the governor and potentially change the balance of power at the State Capitol.

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This week, as the coronavirus infection rate climbed higher in New York state, new micro cluster zones were announced in New York, and some existing ones were intensified. A business group is asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to stick to that approach of limited closures, saying they won’t survive a complete economic shutdown.

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Governors from across the Northeast want colleges to increase testing for college students before they leave for the Thanksgiving break and quarantine for 14 days either before or after they leave campus for their home-states.

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Now that elections are over, leaders of the New York State Legislature are facing pressure from a wide range of groups to reconvene and deal with pandemic related economic problems. Legislative leaders said they are not ruling it out.

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In New York, absentee ballot counting is just getting underway in many counties, more than a week after Election Day. Because so many more people voted by mail, eight close State Senate seats are undecided until the ballots are processed. It’s possible the new legislative session could begin in January before some of the races are decided.