- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Latest on the special legislative elections in New York (all times Eastern Daylight Time):

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11:30 p.m.

Democrat Todd Kaminsky has declared victory in a New York state Senate race on Long Island that could hand Democrats a Senate majority.

With votes still being counted late Tuesday, Kaminsky was leading Republican Chris McGrath in the race for the Long Island Senate seat formerly held by ex-GOP Senate Leader Dean Skelos before he was convicted of corruption last year.

McGrath’s campaign said the race was too close to call and that the outcome would be decided in the coming days.

The Senate is now split between Democrats and Republicans, though the GOP has control thanks to support from several breakaway Democrats. A Kaminsky win could change that.

Kaminsky, an assemblyman, received a last-minute boost from President Barack Obama, who recorded a telephone message to voters endorsing the Democrat.

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10:15 p.m.

A Democratic leader from lower Manhattan has won the New York state Assembly seat vacated by former Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver after his corruption conviction last year.

With 93 percent of precincts reporting, Alice Cancel secured 41 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s special election. Working families Party Candidate Yuh-Line (YOO’-leen) Niou (NEE’-oh) placed second with 35 percent.

Republican Lester Chang and Green Party candidate Dennis Levy came in third and fourth in the race.

Cancel is a Democratic district leader and works in the office of the city comptroller.

Silver had represented the district for nearly four decades when he was forced out last fall after being convicted in a $5 million corruption case.

The 65th Assembly district includes the financial district, Chinatown and Battery Park.

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9:45 p.m.

Democrat Jaime Williams has won a New York state Assembly seat in Brooklyn.

With about 80 percent of precincts reporting, Williams won 77 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s special legislative election in the 59th Assembly district to defeat Republican Jeffrey Ferretti, a real estate broker.

Williams is the former chief of staff to Roxanne Persaud, who represented the district in the Assembly until she won a state Senate seat in last November’s elections.

The heavily Democratic 59th Assembly district includes portions of southeastern Brooklyn, including Carnarsie.

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4:30 p.m.

President Barack Obama has given Democrat Todd Kaminsky’s campaign for the New York state Senate a last-minute push.

In another sign of the wider implications of the race, Obama recorded a telephone message endorsing Kaminsky that went out to voters on Long Island beginning Monday night.

Obama cites Kaminsky’s support for paid family leave, middle-class tax cuts, school funding and a higher minimum wage.

Kaminsky faces Republican Chris McGrath in Tuesday’s special election, which will fill the seat left vacant by former Republican Senate Leader Dean Skelos following a corruption conviction last year.

The outcome could determine which party controls the Senate, which now has 31 Democrats and 31 Republicans.

Kaminsky picked up the endorsement of former President Bill Clinton earlier this month. McGrath secured the support of 1199 SEIU, a powerful union of health care workers.

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1:30 a.m.

A tightly contested legislative race on Long Island could determine which party leads the New York state Senate - and give Democrats a shot at total control of state government.

Republican Chris McGrath and Democrat Todd Kaminsky are vying to replace Dean Skelos, the former Republican Senate leader convicted of corruption last year. It’s one of four special legislative elections on Tuesday.

The Senate is now split between Democrats and Republicans, though the GOP has control thanks to support from some breakaway Democrats. That could change if Kaminsky wins.

Democrats already have the governor’s office and the Assembly majority.

Kaminsky, an assemblyman, has campaigned on proposals to fight corruption. McGrath, an attorney, says he will better represent Long Island and prevent New York City Democrats from taking over state government.

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