Over the past six months, we've talked about the potential impact on our region should the Republicans lose control of the State Senate. Our concern was not so much party driven, but what will our state government look like with this flip in power, when the fact that every single position of power in this state is driven by downstate interests.
We now know how the State Senate leadership looks. Each of these individuals are now a committee chairperson, with the exception of Syracuse-area Senator David Valesky. He was given the honorary, albeit powerless, position of Vice-President Pro Tem (and its $34,000 lulu).
This map illustrates the areas represented by Senate Democrats who have taken control of the State Senate, and raises the obvious question: Who's looking out for Upstate? Senators Stachowski and Thompson are I'm sure fine Senators, but can we really expect them to stand up to the NYC interests simply based on sheer numbers? (You can click on the map for a clearer view.)
Ask and ye shall receive. Here is the map prior to the Senate flip: