One interesting thing about New York State politics is that there isn’t that much difference between the parties in a lot of ways. For example, Republicans in the State Senate often get endorsements from unions. The former Republican Majority Leader of the State Senate was indicted for taking bribes from unions. (To sum up his legal situation, it’s clear that he was taking bribes but the way the bribes were paid might not actually violate the state’s incredibly weak public ethics laws.) The only real difference between the parties is that the Republicans are to the right on reproductive rights/same sex marriage type stuff (nearly everyone in upstate politics seems to be a Catholic of some kind) and the Democrats are, or at least purport to be, more interested in political reform. Personally, I believe that Democrats are much more likely to enact political reforms, because doing so would probably help them as a party, since under a normal system, Democrats would dominate both houses. On the other hand, they might not because the reforms would likely weaken some of their current leaders.
It’s interesting to compare the reactions of two good local blogs, one on the right and one on the left, to the coup. The conservative blog believes it’s just a power grab but hopes that the Republicans introduce some degree of fiscal austerity. The liberal blog believe it’s just a power grab but hopes the Republicans introduce some political reforms (and notes that they actually did yesterday, even though their record on the issue is awful). I suspect that both will have their hopes dashed.