The Republican takeover of the State Senate has taken the state's Democratic establishment completely by surprise.
I mentioned the development to Representative Nita Lowey as I was interviewing her for a different story.
"What?!" said Lowey, a former chairwoman of the DCCC. "Who flipped now?"
"I can't believe that," she said.
Asked for a reaction to the news, Lowey said that analyzing the inner workings of the Senate was above "my pay grade," but said, "I think it's unfortunate that the governor cannot have a strong Democratic majority in the Senate so that he can move forward on a lot of his positive initiatives."