ALBANY—There are now more Democrats living in State Senator Brian Foley's district, according to an analysis by his party's campaign committee, which should be welcome news for the freshman legislator.
Shams Tarek at the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee wrote to say that, according to a mid-July update of the voter file maintained by the State Board of Elections, there are now 199 more Democrats registered in Foley's Suffolk County district than there are Republicans. In April, when the elections board published a semi-annual report of the enrollment figures, Republicans still led in the district. The overall trend statewide is toward the Democrats.
It was occupied for decades by State Senator Caesar Trunzo, a Republican who Foley beat last year by a 20,000-vote margin. Republicans have their eyes on the seat, and lawyer Lee Zeldin has created a committee to explore a run against him in 2010. Republicans have attacked him for his votes for the state budget and for an M.T.A. bailout that was funded largely by a payroll tax.
Tarek claimed the trend in Foley's district—and an enrollment tip in the district of State Senator Chuck Fuschillo—is due to the recent coup attempt by Republicans in the State Senate as well as unresponsiveness "cultivated during four decades of Republican rule."
Susan Del Percio, a spokesman for the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, said, "We expect to see a very competitive race for the 3rd Senate district. We look forward to a lively debate on the issues, especially why Brian Foley voted for Gov. Paterson's job killing payroll tax."