High-Stakes Vote for State

September 29, 2010  |  

New York’s political power structure would see major changes if Republicans accomplish their goal of retaking control of the House of Representatives in November, as a number of senior Democrats chairing powerful committees would face demotions to lesser roles.

Five weeks before Election Day, polls around the country suggest the Democrats are in real danger of losing their majority.

“There’s a lot at stake here,” said Rep. Jose Serrano of the Bronx, who is chairman of an appropriations subcommittee that controls spending for a new financial markets consumer-protection agency just created by Congress. “On seniority alone, if Democrats were not in the majority, New York would lose a lot of subcommittee and committee chairmanships.”

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