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The morning after...


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Some observations on last night's results at the state and national level.

The National Weather Service is keeping an eye on the strengthening coastal storm in the northeast. (Reuters)

Sandy recovery has put the skids under the fracking health review, reports Tom Wilber.


The Seneca Nation of Indians also had an election, and Barry Snyder Sr. gets to deal with the standoff between the nation and New York state over casino revenues, reports the WSJ and James Odato of timesunion.com.

Karen DeWitt reports on the situation for the New York state senate after last night's vote.

Democrats appear to have taken over the State Senate, by a narrow margin. Some races were  still being tallied, and others may be headed to a recount.

The unofficial tally shows Democrats may have won as many as 33 seats to the Republican’s 30. Republicans lost at least one seat in the Rochester area, despite controlling the redistricting process and drawing the lines for new districts that maximized a GOP advantage.  But in some close districts, candidates who were behind were refusing to concede and demanding recounts.

In a new 63rd district that was drawn to create an additional Republican seat,  the race between Republican George Amedore and Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk was too close to call. And one of the Republican Senators who helped approve same sex marriage in New York appeared headed to defeat.   Senator Stephen Saland of the Hudson Valley, who beat back a primary challenge, was losing narrowly to a Democratic challenger. Only one of four Senators who helped Governor Andrew Cuomo pass gay marriage won a clear re election victory Tuesday, Senator Mark Grisanti of the Buffalo area. One decided not to run again, and the fourth, Senator Roy McDonald of the Saratoga- Capital Region lost in a primary.

With absentee ballots likely to be counted before some races are decided, it could be weeks before its known which party controls the state Senate.

And even if Democrats do end up in with more seats than Republicans, they likely face a struggle to run the chamber. Four of the Democrats, all of whom won re-election Tuesday, are members of a breakaway group  known as the Independent Democratic Conference, and have often sided with the Republican majority. They are unlikely to back the Democrat’s current leadership, under Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson.

Rochester is looking at following the lead of Syracuse and Buffalo and applying for a slot in the current round of applications for creating a land bank corporation. (Democrat and Chronicle) 


TechCrunch recaps on Obama's technology and innovation agenda.

Natcore Technology, based at the Eastman Business Park are using 'black silicon' in their quest for smaller and cheaper solar cells. (Democrat and Chronicnle).


The Chronicle of Higher Education asks what's next for the Obama administration and its agenda for higher education, with increased regulation and high levels of student debt.