New York State Republicans who fear a blue wave in November found new reasons to worry in the results of Tuesday’s special elections.
Let’s start in the 10th Assembly District in Huntington, where former Suffolk County lawmaker Steve Stern, a Democrat, defeated Republican attorney Janet Smitelli by 18 percentage points. This is a district that has been in GOP hands for 40 years. It most recently was represented by Chad Lupinacci, who easily won his last two elections for the Assembly, and then led a GOP takeover of town hall in November by winning the supervisor’s race.
Some context: Stern had more name recognition than Smitelli after 12 years in the county legislature. And his work as an elder care...| read more ››