Updated: John Brooks registered to vote as a Democrat just before the election. His registration as it appears online doesn’t take effect until the next election. At any rate, it makes things a bit less complicated, maybe?

Like pre-Great War Europe, NCAA rankings, or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the New York state Senate is absurdly complicated.

Consider the composition of the Senate should John Brooks successfully unseat Republican Michael Venditto.

Liberal groups aligned with the mainline conference in the chamber on Thursday urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo to bridge the divide between Democrats in the chamber, citing a workable majority if Brooks wins the race, which he currently leads by 41 votes and is subject to a court challenge from the Republicans.

Repeatedly, the groups pointed to “32 Democrats” in the Senate — a formal majority of the 63 seats — that would include the mainline conference of Democrats, the Independent Democratic Conference and Brooklyn Sen. Simcha Felder, a Democrat who sits with the GOP.

And it would presumably include Brooks in that 32-member numerical Democratic majority.

Brooks, however, as of today, is still a registered Republican who ran on the Democratic line in the 8th Senate district.

Brooks most likely will align himself with the Senate Democrats if he’s seated.

At the very least, it’s yet another example of how the Senate and its composition defies shorthand and that it’s hard for anyone to truly claim a majority of party members.

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