From the Morning Memo:

Democratic state Senate candidate Brian Benjamin cruised to victory in an open seat on Tuesday, giving his party 32 enrolled members in the chamber.

While 32 is the magic number to get anything done, it’s largely symbolic for now, considering the alignment of Democrat Simcha Felder with the Senate GOP and the eight-member Independent Democratic Conference, which remains at odds with mainline lawmakers in the Senate.

In short, the situation is largely unchanged from before Democrat Bill Perkins won an open seat on the city Council and left. Benjamin is filling that vacancy.

Still, Senate Democrats and their allies who have been pressuring the IDC believe holding 32 seats isn’t just symbolic, but a statement that New Yorkers writ large want a Democratic chamber.

“With his election we once again have 32 Democrats in the chamber and should have a Democratic Majority that can give New Yorkers the progressive government they deserve,” said Mike Gianaris, the deputy minority leader. “I look forward to working with Brian as he fights for more funding for our schools, affordable housing and quality health care for all.”

IDC Leader Jeff Klein has countered in recent days will calls for votes on key liberal issues such as abortion rights and protections for transgender New Yorkers, inferring the bills still wouldn’t pass amid opposition from lawmakers like Sen. Ruben Diaz, a socially conservative Democrat from the Bronx.