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October 5, 2013

GOP, Lopez eye Senate seat

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Lopez now sits in an Assembly GOP conference that has little say on legislation, with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, having full control over which bills reach the floor.

As for the Senate, a Republican pickup of the 46th Senate District and any further gains by the Independent Democratic Conference would further weaken the Democratic efforts to regain control of the chamber.

Insiders say the IDC is poised to run a challenger against Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins of Westchester County, and has attempted to coax former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, a maverick Democrat, to challenge her. Brodsky recently said he has no plans to run for that seat.

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