NEW YORK – With their party’s candidates bleeding all over the country, the victory parties for New York State Democrats were bound to be somewhat subdued, but the relatively weak showing of their once-high flying governor and uncertainty over whether they were finally able to win control of the State Senate made most just want to go home and catch up on rest after a grueling campaign season.
Andrew Cuomo won re-election as governor by a healthy 54 to 41 percent margin over Bob Astorino, but he fell short of his hopes of topping the 65 percent his father Mario Cuomo garnered in his 1986 re-election bid.
It was less filial rivalry than his own Presidential ambitions that that drove 56 year old Andrew to want to top Papa Mario.
“Gone is the aura of invincibility that made Albany lawmakers clear out of his path. The governor’s future is uncertain, with a presidential bid presumably blocked by Hillary Rodham Clinton,” the New York Times reported.
After an excellent start when Cuomo the Younger was elected to his first term in 2010, the disenchantment of his party’s left wing and voter anger over the apparent abandonment of his pledge to root out corruption in the state capital sucked the wind from his sails.
“His pledge to clean up Albany ricocheted against him,” the Time noted, “as federal prosecutors started an investigation into his shutdown of an ethics panel he had made a show of creating only nine months earlier.”
In other statewide races, Democrat Eric Schneiderman defeated John Cahill 55 to 41 percent and Thomas DiNapoli was re-elected state comptroller by 60-37 percent.
The Times also reported at 1 AM Wednesday that “close elections and unpredictable loyalties make it hard to immediately discern which party will control the State Senate.”
Michael Gianaris, who is the second highest Democrat in the Senate, is the chair of the New York State Democratic Senate Campaign Committee and has been working hard to make a democratic majority a reality. He is one of the Democrats who won’t be catching up on sleep anytime soon as he must keep an eye of recounts of close races and on fellow Democrats in the Senate for have a penchant for making deals with the Republicans.
The Democrats already controls the State Assembly where Nicole Malliotakis won an impressive 75 to 26 percent victory in her Brooklyn-Staten Island district. Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas of Astoria was not up for re-election.
Carolyn Maloney breezed to re-election with an 80-20 percent margin.
Greek-Americans in Staten Island may witness the spectacle of seeing their embattled Congressman Michael Grimm having to resign the seat he just won by a comfortable 55 to 43 if he cannot overcome his federal indictment on fraud charges.