As Sen.-elect Simcha Felder declares he’s conferencing with the Republicans this January, Senate Democratic spokesman Mike Murphy released a statement this afternoon saying the Democrats are “confident” that will have the majority in the chamber this fall.

The voters sent a clear message on election night that they want the Senate led by a Democratic Majority. We are confident that when the Senate convenes in January, there will be that Democratic Majority and we look forward to working with Governor Cuomo to achieve the progressive agenda he has laid out.

As Liz scooped earlier, the Democrat Felder, who won the so-called “super Jewish” Senate district in Brooklyn against Republican Sen. David Storobin, has decided to side with the Senate GOP, giving them an edging in preserving their majority come 2013.

But Democrats point to two unresolved races that expect to win: Terry Gipson leading Sen. Stephen Saland in the Poughkeepsie area, while Cecilia Tkaczyk holds a 139-vote lead in the Mohawk Valley seat against Assemblyman George Amedore.

If both Gipson and Tkaczyk win, they will have a numerical 32-member majority in the Senate and make the four-member Independent Democratic Conference more important in leadership negotiations.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, meanwhile, naturally praised Felder’s decision.

I am very pleased to welcome Senator-elect Simcha Felder to the Senate Republican Conference. Mr. Felder has shared with me the issues that are most important to his constituents, including economic development and job creation, reducing taxes and providing financial relief for hardworking families. Those have been our priorities in the past and will continue to be our priorities as we begin the next legislative session. Senator-elect Felder will be a valuable member of our conference as we work to address the concerns raised by his community and continue to move this state forward.