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All of a sudden, Cuomo's party talks of Democratic takeover of Senate?

By Tom Precious

Albany -- It was hardly a secret that Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year did not break a sweat -- and that would be a kind way to characterize it -- to try to help his fellow Democrats take over (firm) control of the state Senate.

And Cuomo this year has praised the coalition of Republicans and five breakaway Democrats in charge of running the Senate.

So when state GOP boss Ed Cox came out blasting the new state budget deal, the state Democratic Party -- run by Cuomo -- today came back with a curious response.

"We agree that there are aspects of state policy that need changes and they will be made next year when the Democrats take over the state Senate,'' the party said in a statement this morning. The betting is more than a few Senate Democrats are chuckling over that line.

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Tom Precious

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Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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