From the Morning Memo:

Republican incumbent Michael Venditto’s lead in the 8th Senate district has narrowed to 9 votes over Democrat John Brooks after counting in the too-close-to-call Long Island race continued on Monday.

A Democratic Senate spokesman said on Monday evening about 900 ballots are left to be counted and nearly 600 ballots were objected to by Republican observers.

Still, Democrats are confident they will regain the lead after being down by more than 400 votes last week. They also insist a number of the votes objected to were from minority areas — typically were Democrats hold an advantage. A Senate GOP spokesman did not return a message seeking comment.

Venditto’s re-election was considered likely until his father, Oyster Bay town Supervisor John Venditto, was arrested on corruption charges. The lawmaker himself is not accused of any wrongdoing.

Should Brooks win, Republicans are likely to retain control of the narrowly divided state Senate after Brooklyn Democratic Sen. Simcha Felder announced his intentions to continue to side with the GOP conference.