Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. John Flanagan are at odds over opioids.

Opioids Create a Strange Alignment: Cuomo Agreeing with Democrats

In the closing days of the legislative session, the opioid crisis is turning into the latest flashpoint. State Senate Republicans passed a bill to make it easier for law enforcement to arrest drug dealers and impose longer sentences. Meanwhile, Gov. Cuomo has lined up with the Assembly Democrats in advocating for more treatment, including more insurance coverage for substance abuse counseling and rehabilitation.

The state legislative session ends next week, meaning that the “three men in a room” will need to agree to something over the next week in order to enact it into law.

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Pellegrino, a Bernie Sanders delegate, got support from his organization in winning an Assembly special election.

Context for a wave? Democrat wins Long Island Assembly seat.

Normally, we don’t pay too much attention to special elections for the State Assembly, since Democrats have a massive 2/3rds majority in the chamber.

However, progressive Democrat Christine Pellegrino won a resounding victory on Tuesday in this heavily-Republican district around Oyster Bay, a 40 point swing in the Democrats favor after Trump won the area with 60% of the vote in November.

If that trend continues in the 2018 midterm elections, a lot of New York Republicans will be forcibly retired.

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