After Republicans in the State Senate blocked a measure Monday to extend the statute of limitations for child sex abuse victims, Democratic candidates are latching on to the vote ahead of this year’s election.

Democrats had attempted to tie the amendment to a human trafficking bill from Rochester-area Republican Rich Funke. The Chair ruled that the amendment was not germane to the Funke bill. A vote to overrule failed by three votes, with 29 Democrats lending their support and the entire present majority voting against it. Two Democrats and two Republicans were absent for the vote.

Now opponents of at least three Republicans are using the vote to their advantage. Yesterday, Democrat Ryan Cronin released a statement blasting the vote. Kronin is a Democrat running to replace Long Island Senator Kemp Hannon in the sixth State Senate district.

“Kemp Hannon should be ashamed of himself for voting with his fellow Senate Republicans to block the Child Victims Act,” Cronin said in a statement. “This legislation would bring heinous criminals to justice and provide closure to thousands of New Yorkers who have been preyed upon as children. If Senator Hannon won’t break with his party to stand up for victims of childhood sexual abuse, who will he fight for?”

A spokesperson for Republicans in the State Senate responded to the statement by tying Cronin to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“Ryan Cronin is a retread who already ran for this seat and was rejected by voters. That’s not really a surprise since they know he would partner with Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Democrats to shift school aid to New York City at Long Island’s expense, and raise taxes on hardworking Nassau County families who need and deserve relief.”

Further north in the 46th district, Democrat Sara Niccoli released a similar statement on Tuesday. Niccoli is running against incumbent George Amedore for the seat. The district is considered to be a toss-up after Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk first won the seat when it was drawn in 2012. Amedore defeated Tkaczyk in 2014.

“It’s appalling that George Amedore joined his fellow Senate Republicans in voting down the Child Victims Act,” Niccoli said in a statement. “This bill would deliver justice for innocent victims of child sex abuse and hold perpetrators of horrible crimes accountable. I don’t know how Senator Amedore can justify towing the party line this time around.”

Christoper Eachus, who is running against long-time Senator Bill Larkin in the Hudson Valley, also released a statement Tuesday.

“On Monday, Senator Bill Larkin had the opportunity to help pass the Child Victims Act, which would protect victims of child sex abuse and bring predators who committed heinous crimes to justice,” Eachus said in a statement. “Instead, Senator Larkin voted in lockstep with his fellow Republicans to block this bill. It is shameful that a man who speaks so often of principle would refuse to stand up for New York’s most vulnerable residents.”

A spokesperson for the Republicans responded to Eachus by highlighting his position on the state’s cap on property taxes.

“Once Christopher Eachus pledged to repeal the property tax cap if elected to the State Senate, the hardworking taxpayers of the 39th district and the state of New York pretty much stopped taking him seriously.”

Democrats are pushing hard this year to win back the majority in the chamber. Following the election of Democrat Todd Kaminsky on Long Island in April, 26 mainline Democrats remain in the chamber along with five members of the Independent Democratic Conference. Democrat Simcha Felder is known to conference with the Republicans.

Either party needs 32 members in their conference (or coalition) to maintain a majority.