The biggest winner among New York's elected officials last night wasn't even on the ballot.
Senator Chuck Schumer, despite being grounded for the stretch run by Hurricane Sandy, saw the Democrats keep control of the Senate, and possibly even gain seats, in an election that had been expected to threaten the party's majority.
Instead, the Class of 2006, who Schumer helped elect as head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and who he predicted would all hold their seats, appeared to have done just that, strengthening Schumer's hand in the Senate and guaranteeing him some close friends for any future leadership race.
Yesterday, Senator Chuck Schumer signaled his support for President Obama's plan to eliminate the Bush tax cuts for Americans who earn $250,000 and above.
But it's not what Schumer really wanted.
In 2006, by which time George W. Bush was extremely unpopular, Chuck Schumer guided six Democratic Senate candidates to victory over Republican incumbents as his party took control of the Senate. Now his party has to defend them.
After her insider-trading bill passes the Senate, Gillibrand invites Cantor to make it bigger and tougher
On a conference call with reporters this afternoon, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said she'd prefer to see the House pass the Senate version of her anti-insider-trading bill, the STOCK Act, which sailed through a cloture vote yesterday, but that she'd consider any proposed changes from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to make the bill even tougher on members of Congress who engage in insider trading.
The new PAC includes seven of the 23 Democratic senators up for re-election next year, including Gillibrand, Joe Manchin, Jon Tester, Bob Casey, Tom Carper, and both Nelsons, Bill and Ben.