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Election brings shift in political landscape

After a historic November Election Day, the White House wasn't the only house in the nation to experience a political shake up.

Here in New York, the state Senate netted a Democratic majority for the first time since 1964 and a first Democratic trio of governor, Assembly and Senate since the Great Depression.

It hasn't happened since a blip in 1965 and in the 1930s, so there's not much precedence set, said state Sen. Neil Breslin, a Democrat representing Albany County. "I've been studying the session in '65 and the legislature in the '30s in order to prepare myself a little bit."

Breslin, who first won his Senate seat in 1997, will be a part of the new Democratic majority after a 10-year career in the minority. The current senate minority leader is Malcolm Smith, a Queens Democrat who took over the post after current Gov. David Paterson left the Senate.

Paterson left to run as lieutenant governor with former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who in turn resigned amid a prostitution scandal.

There have been rumors that some Democrats from New York City would not support Smith or their own party for majority of the senate.

City Councilman Hiram Monserrate, a Democrat from Smith's Queens district, is a senator-elect after winning his seat on Nov. 4 and was rumored to be considering voting against Smith's bid for majority leader in the Senate. Monserrate has since confirmed he will support Smith.

However, that leaves three other Democrats, state Senators Carl Kruger and Ruben Diaz Sr., and Senator-elect Pedro Espada who may not side with their fellow party members. The three issued a statement indicating they might seek to keep the GOP in power.

Breslin called them "the three amigos," but said he is confident Democrats will ultimately control the Senate.

"The three amigos will come to their senses and realize that they're Democrats," he said.

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