By Tom Precious
ALBANY -- Senate co-leader Dean Skelos, a Nassau County Republican, this morning was taking a victory bow after some important GOP local victories around the state on Tuesday. Skelos and his Republican colleagues are looking for any hints from voters that they might be willing to help keep the GOP in partial control of the Senate in the 2014 elections.
The words, or some of them, from Skelos:
The resounding victories by Republican county executives in Nassau and Westchester counties, county executive candidates in Orange, Rockland, Montgomery and Chautauqua, as well as triumphs by a mayoral candidate in Binghamton, comptrollers in Nassau and Erie, along with turning a Democratic county legislature from Democrat to Republican in Erie and to a supermajority in Chautauqua, are all important victories for hardworking taxpayers and their families.
In addition, they have sent a very powerful message about the future of the Republican Party in New York State, particularly in the New York City suburbs and across Upstate. New Yorkers want their public servants at all levels to focus on reducing taxes, partnering with the private sector to create new jobs, and bringing competence, functionality and leadership back to government. That's what County Executives Mangano and Astorino, County Executive-elects Neuhaus, Day, Ossenfort and others, along with Republicans in the State Senate who represent many of the same communities, have worked tirelessly to do.
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