Think it won’t be a contentious election year in the state Senate?
Today’s decision by Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, D-Mamaroneck, Westchester County, to retire led Senate Republicans to quickly pounce on the news, contending it was another sign of the Senate Democrats’ weakness.
Democrats won a 32-30 seat majority in 2008, but lost it two years later.
“Senator Oppenheimer should be proud of her outstanding career in public service, and we certainly wish her well in the future,” said Senate GOP spokesman Scott Reif. “However, this decision shows that even the Senate Democrats, who are already down to 25 members, know that we are going to expand our majority following the 2012 elections.”
Democrats are down to 25 members because of the resignation of disgraced Sen. Carl Kruger, D-Brooklyn, and because four Democrats have formed their own independent conference.
Senate Democrats criticized Republicans for their reaction to Oppenheimer’s announcement.
“It’s not surprising that Senate Republicans would be so crass as to focus on the political implications of Senator Oppenheimer’s decision, especially considering their desperation to hold on to their dwindling grasp on political power,” said Mike Murphy, spokesman for Senate Democrats.
“Today is a day to honor Senator Oppenheimer’s accomplishments and her many years of public service. There will come a time for politics soon enough.”