Republicans won control of Long Island in New York on Tuesday night as Ed Romaine won to become Suffolk County's executive.
The GOP now controls both county seats, along with other top offices on the island.
— New York Post (@nypost) November 8, 2023
"Longtime analysts of Long Island politics said they could recall only one brief period in the last 60 years when the GOP was this dominant," according to the New York Post.
“Long Island for now is defiantly returning to its red roots,” said Lawrence Levy, dean of Hofstra University’s National Center for Suburban Studies, the outlet added.
A red wave apparently washed over Long Island on Tuesday with Republicans claiming victory in taking the county executive seat they have coveted for some time. @MKramerTV reports. https://t.co/e2LXImJTux
— CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) November 8, 2023
"A red wave apparently washed over Long Island on Tuesday with Republicans claiming victory in taking the county executive seat they have coveted for some time," CBS News reported late Tuesday.
"How excited are we? We are about to celebrate a huge win of our friend, the great leader, give it up for Ed Romaine," former congressman Lee Zeldin said.
— News12LI (@News12LI) November 8, 2023
"It’s the first time a Republican will lead the county for the first time in 12 years," Long Island's News 12 reported.
"Romaine, the Brookhaven town supervisor, will take over for Democrat Steve Bellone, who has been in office since 2012," it noted.
The political move from blue to red across Long Island has been taking place over the last couple of political cycles. A major issue for those in the New York area has been the migrant crisis that has led well over 100,000 migrants from the border to the Big Apple under the Biden administration.
Public safety has also served as a top political issue, with Romaine campaigning to increase the number of police officers and prosecutors to make the area safer for residents, as well as ending cashless bail.
The win was a powerful one for Republicans in the blue state of New York, offering what conservatives hope is a preview of a red wave coming in 2024.