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Downstate Republican power: An overlooked fact

Democrats hold all the statewide elected offices -- for now.

But note: The region’s 11 counties are run by seven executives elected with GOP support — Nassau, Suffolk, five city boroughs, Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam.

In November, Republican Ed Mangano ousted Democrat Tom Suozzi in Nassau, while Republican Rob Astorino ousted Democrat Andrew Spano in Westchester. Since then, Steve Levy, a Democrat last time who was cross-endorsed as a Republican in 2007, signed off on changing his registration to GOP. Michael Bloomberg, whose job as mayor gives him executive purview over the counties of Kings, Queens, Richmond, Bronx and New York, won as a Republican twice, switched to unaffiliated -- but then won reelection last year with the Republican endorsement, which gave him nearly two thirds of his votes.

Bottom line: Republicans rule in executive positions downstate.

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