From the Morning Memo:

Incumbent Sen. Michael Venditto regained a narrow advantage in the 8th district ballot counting process on Tuesday as Democrats accused Republicans of “walking away” from counting the final 300 or so ballots in Democratic friendly election districts.

Democrats are hopeful they could regain the lead in the narrow contest when counting resumes later today.

Nearly a month after Election Day, Venditto leads Democrat John Brooks by 19 votes including the Election Day count.

Republicans have objected to more than 600 ballots, while Democrats have objected to more than 300.

The race on Long Island remains too close to call, but Republicans are likely to retain a working majority in the state Senate with a western New York seat flipping to the GOP column and Brooklyn Democratic Sen. Simcha Felder announcing his intention to once again align with their conference.