The Info List - New York State Senate

--- Advertisement ---

Majority caucus (32)

     Republican (31)      Democrat Caucusing with Republicans (1)

Minority caucus (29)

     Democratic (29)

Vacant (2)

     Vacant (2)

Length of term

2 years

Authority Article III, New York Constitution

Salary $79,500/year + per diem


Last election

November 8, 2016

Next election

November 6, 2018

Redistricting Legislative Control

Meeting place

State Senate Chamber New York State Capitol Albany, New York



The New York State Senate
New York State Senate
is the upper house of the New York State Legislature, the New York State Assembly
New York State Assembly
being the lower house. It has 63 members each elected to two-year terms.[1] There are no limits on the number of terms one may serve. The New York Constitution
New York Constitution
provides for a varying number of members in the Senate,[2] elected from single-member constituencies equal in population. The current format for apportionment has followed the Supreme Court decision in Baker v. Carr, decided in 1964.


1 Recent State Senate history

1.1 2008 elections and power struggle 1.2 Republican reclamation and ensuing dispute 1.3 2011–2016 1.4 2016 elections and beyond

2 Partisan composition 3 Officers

3.1 Majority leadership 3.2 Republican Conference Leadership 3.3 Independent Democratic Conference 3.4 Full Minority leadership

4 Current members 5 Committee leadership 6 District map 7 Past composition of the Senate 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

Recent State Senate history[edit] 2008 elections and power struggle[edit] For more information, see New York state elections, 2008. Democrats won 32 of 62 seats in New York's upper chamber in the 2008 General Election on November 4, capturing the majority for the first time in more than four decades.[3][4] Previously, the Republicans had held the chamber for all but one year from 1939 to 2008, even as New York turned almost solidly Democratic at all levels. However, a power struggle emerged before the new term began. Four Democratic senators— Rubén Díaz Sr.
Rubén Díaz Sr.
(Bronx), Carl Kruger (Brooklyn), Pedro Espada, Jr.
Pedro Espada, Jr.
(Bronx), and Hiram Monserrate (Queens)—immediately refused to caucus with their party.[5] The self-named "Gang of Four" refused to back Malcolm Smith (Queens) as the chamber's majority leader and sought concessions.[6] Monserrate soon reached an agreement with Smith that reportedly included the chairmanship of the Consumer Affairs Committee.[7] The remaining "Gang of Three" reached an initial compromise in early December that collapsed within a week,[8] but was ultimately resolved[9] with Smith becoming majority leader[10] until early June 2009, when two Democrats joined with Republicans to elect a new leadership for the New York State Senate, reaching a power-sharing deal under which Republicans became, again, technically the majority party. Republican reclamation and ensuing dispute[edit] Main article: 2009 New York State Senate
New York State Senate
leadership crisis Though there were 32 Democrats and 30 Republicans in the Senate, on June 8, 2009, then-Senators Hiram Monserrate
Hiram Monserrate
and Pedro Espada, Jr.—who were part of what was described by the Associated Press
Associated Press
as a "parliamentary coup"—allegedly voted with the 30 Republican members to install Senator Dean Skelos
Dean Skelos
(R-Rockville Centre) as the new majority leader of the Senate, replacing Malcolm Smith.[11][12] The move came after Republican whip Tom Libous
Tom Libous
introduced a surprise resolution to vacate the chair and replace Smith as temporary president and majority leader. In an effort to stop the vote, Democratic whip Jeff Klein (Bronx) unilaterally moved to recess, and Smith had the lights and Internet cut off. However, they were unable to stop the session. All 30 Republicans plus two Democrats, Monserrate and Espada, voted in favor of the resolution. In accordance with a prearranged deal, Espada was elected temporary president and acting lieutenant governor while Skelos was elected majority leader.[13] Both Monserrate and Espada were members of the original "Gang of Four" (the other two being Díaz, Sr. and Kruger), a group of Democratic senators that threatened to defect to the Republican caucus to prevent Smith from taking control of the chamber in January 2009. Monserrate had backed out of the Gang at the time, being the first of the four to back Smith. The apparent Republican seizure of power was tenuous in any event. Smith claimed the vote was illegal because of Klein's motion to adjourn; parliamentary procedure stipulates that a vote to adjourn takes precedence over all other business. However, Smith, Klein, and most of the Democrats walked out before an actual vote to adjourn could be taken. Smith has also claimed that it is illegal to oust the majority leader in the middle of a two-year term, and as such, leaders can only be replaced at the beginning of a term, except in the case of death or resignation. Smith still asserted he was majority leader and would challenge the vote in court. He locked the doors of the state senate chambers in an effort to prevent any further legislative action.[14] The Espada-Skelos coalition majority, which also courted as many as ten more Democrats,[15] announced plans to hold sessions in the "Well" of the legislative office building until chamber doors are reopened.[16] By the time of the scheduled session on June 10 at 3:00 p.m., at the request of Governor David Paterson, the keys to the senate chamber were turned over to the coalition;[17] Smith has claimed that the coalition stole the key.[15] The scheduled session was eventually postponed.[15] Both Monserrate and Espada faced accusations of unethical or criminal conduct. Monserrate was indicted for felony assault in March and would have automatically lost his seat if convicted. New York, like most states, has a provision in its state constitution which bars convicted felons from holding office.[14] (Monseratte would be acquitted of the felonies, but was convicted on misdemeanors.) Espada was the target of a state investigation into whether he funded his campaign with money siphoned from a nonprofit health care agency he controls. The Bronx County District Attorney's office was also investigating charges that Espada actually resided in Mamaroneck, Westchester County rather than the north Bronx district he represented.[18] As a result of the coup, Senate Democrats voted for John Sampson (D-Brooklyn) to replace Smith as Democratic Leader. This led Monserrate to declare that he would once again caucus with the Democrats, which led to a 31–31 split.[19] On July 9, 2009, a source stated that Espada would be rejoining the Senate Democratic Conference after reaching a deal to have Smith be pro tem president until a "transition period" during which Senator Sampson would ascend to the Senate's Temporary Presidency.[20] The term expired with Smith still as Temporary President. Democrats orchestrated the removal of both Espada and Monserrate from their ranks; the Senate voted to expel Monserrate, while Espada was defeated in a primary election that had the state party back his primary opponent, Gustavo Rivera. 2011–2016[edit] The Republicans regained control of the Senate with a 32-30 majority after the 2010 elections. Just before the new chamber convened in January 2011, four Democrats, led by former Democratic whip Klein, broke away from the main Democratic Conference to form an Independent Democratic Conference (IDC). Klein said that he and his three colleagues could no longer support the leadership of Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson.[21] Following the 2010 census, New York redistricted the Senate, expanding it from 62 to 63 seats effective in January 2013. When all election night results were tabulated on November 6, 2012, Democrats held a total of 33 seats for a three-seat majority--just their third Senate majority since World War II. However, on December 4, 2012, it was announced that Senate Republicans had reached a power-sharing deal with the four-member Independent Democratic Conference
Independent Democratic Conference
(IDC); the IDC had previously defected from the Democratic leadership. Under the agreement, Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos
Dean Skelos
and Senate IDC Leader Jeff Klein would alternate daily in the role of Temporary President of the Senate. Together, the Senate Republicans and the IDC held enough seats to form a governing majority; that majority was augmented when freshman Sen. Simcha Felder
Simcha Felder
of Brooklyn, who was elected on the Republican, Conservative and Democratic Party lines[22], chose to join the Senate Republican Conference.[23] Also, former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith joined the Independent Democrats,[24] only to be expelled from the conference in April 2013 due to a scandal in which Smith attempted to bribe the Republican Party chairs in New York City for a Wilson Pakula to run in the upcoming New York City mayoral election.[25] (The previous Senate Minority Leader, Sen. John L. Sampson, was expelled from his conference on May 6, 2013 following his arrest on corruption charges.) Senate District 46 was embroiled in a recount when the new Senate was sworn in and the then-leading candidate, Republican George Amedore, became a New York state senator. After the recount was completed, Amedore lost by 18 votes to Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk, making him the shortest-serving senator in modern New York history and the loser of the state's second-closest Senate race.[26][27] Amedore would eventually win a rematch with Tkaczyk in 2014. In 2014, the Independent Democratic Conference
Independent Democratic Conference
announced that they would end their political alliance with the Republicans and create a new one with the Senate Democratic Conference, citing a need "to fight for the core Democratic policies that are left undone."[28] In the 2014 elections, Senate Republicans retook an outright majority in the Senate,[29] and the IDC reneged on its deal with the Democrats and remained allied with the Senate Republican Conference.[30] On May 4, 2015, Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, announced the arrest of Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, along with his son, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.[31] Within days, Skelos announced that he was stepping down as leader of the Republican Caucus and as Majority Leader. Senator John Flanagan, of Suffolk County, became the new Majority Leader, and the first Majority Leader from Suffolk County.[32] After Skelos was convicted in December 2015, his seat was declared vacant, with a special election to be held on the presidential primary of 2016.[33][34] The special election was won by Democrat Todd Kaminsky, resulting in the Democratic Party having a numerical 32-31 advantage over the Republicans in the State Senate. Despite this, Senator Felder and the members of the IDC chose to remain in coalition with the Republican majority. Late in 2016, Senator Jesse Hamilton announced his intention to join the IDC if re-elected.[35] Hamilton, in his first election in 2014, was aided by the Independent Democrats, which had resulted in speculation he would eventually join the caucus.[36] 2016 elections and beyond[edit] After all 2016 election results were announced, Senate Republicans lost one seat on Long Island
Long Island
and gained an upstate seat in Buffalo. On Long Island, freshman Sen. Michael Venditto was defeated in a close race by Democrat John Brooks.[37] In Buffalo, the open seat vacated by Democratic Sen. Mark Panepinto (who did not seek re-election) was won by Republican Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs. Sen. Simcha Felder, who tied for most conservative member of the Senate according to the Conservative Party in 2016[38], announced that he would continue to caucus with the GOP, ensuring that the Republicans would retain control of the Senate by a margin of 32-31.[39] Liberal groups in New York State, including the Working Families Party, called on the governor to intervene and pressure Sen. Felder, the IDC, and the Senate Democratic Conference to unite to make New York a united one-party government in opposition to President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration. Klein criticized those groups along with Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Andrea Stewart-Cousins
for lack of outreach as well as for calling on the governor to intervene in a separate branch of government. On January 2, 2017, Senate Majority Leader Flanagan and Senate IDC Leader Klein announced the continuation of their coalition; together, the two conferences held 38 Senate seats. Klein, in his statement to the press, stated that the coalition allows for bipartisan legislation getting passed and pragmatic progressive ideas to be brought to the table.[40] The Republicans retained control with 32 votes including every Senator elected as a Republican and the IDC.[41] In late January 2017, Senator Jose Peralta announced he was joining the IDC. [42] On April 4, 2018, a deal was announced to dissolve the IDC and have its members rejoin the Democratic Caucus with Stewart-Cousins as Democratic Leader and Klein as Deputy leader. This brought the power distribution to 32 Republicans (including support from Democratic Simcha Felder), 29 Democrats and two vacant seats. [43] Partisan composition[edit] The Senate was dominated by the Republican Party for much of the 20th century. Since World War II, the Democrats have only controlled the upper house twice. The first time came in 1965, after the 1964 Presidential Election only for them to lose it in special elections that year. The second time again came to power following the 2008 elections on the coattails of the victory of President Barack Obama. In mid-2009, dissatisfaction by some Democrats in the State Senate along with billionaire Tom Golisano, over the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith resulted in 2 Democratic Senators joining with the entire Republican caucus to install Senator Dean Skelos as Majority Leader and Temporary President. Over the month of June and July the Senate was mired in a leadership crisis that ended with the breakaway Democrats rejoining the caucus in late July. The Democrats maintained their majority throughout the remainder of the 2009–2010 session. Following state elections in 2010, Republicans were able to gain the two seats necessary to again reclaim the majority. The Senate's apportionment has traditionally favored Upstate due to the state constitution's original method of giving each county, even sparsely populated ones, at least one senator (a practice that mirrored the United States Senate's approach to give each state the same number of senators).[44] This changed with Baker v. Carr
Baker v. Carr
(1962) and Reynolds v. Sims
Reynolds v. Sims
(1964), in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a "one man, one vote" system of state legislative apportionment is constitutionally required. Since then, in redistricting, the Senate has traditionally overrepresented upstate in exchange for the Assembly overrepresenting downstate (each legislative district is allowed up to 5% deviation from the average district population; the state legislature systemically uses this leeway to create less populous Senate districts upstate and more populous ones downstate, and vice versa in the Assembly). State Senate seats in New York City
New York City
are typically held by Democrats, while Senate seats outside New York City
New York City
are typically held by Republicans. As of the start of the 2018 session, enrolled Republicans held only two seats in New York City: District 22 (Sen. Marty Golden, R-Brooklyn) and District 24 (Sen. Andrew Lanza, R-Staten Island). However, enrolled Democrats held only three seats north of Westchester County: Districts 44 (Sen. Neil Breslin), 53 (Sen. David Valesky), and 63 (Sen. Tim Kennedy). Furthermore, enrolled Democrats held only two of the nine Long Island
Long Island
Senate seats: District 8 (Sen. John Brooks) and District 9 (Sen. Todd Kaminsky). Eight of the enrolled Democrats were members of the Independent Democratic Conference, and another (Sen. Simcha Felder, D-Brooklyn) caucused with the Republicans after being elected on the Republican Party line[45].

Affiliation Party (Shading indicates majority caucus)


Democratic Republican

Mainline Caucus IDC SF Vacant

Begin 2013 session 28 4 1 30 63 0

Begin 2015 session[46][47] 24 1 5 1 32 63 0

July 1, 2016[48][49] 25 31 62 1

Begin 2017 session 24 7 1 31 63 0

January 25, 2017[50] 23 8

February 15, 2017[51] 22 62 1

May 23, 2017[52] 23 63 0

Aug. 9, 2017[53] 22 62 1

Nov. 7, 2017[54] 23 63 0

January 1, 2018[55] 21 61 2

April 4, 2018[56] 29

Latest voting share 7001475400000000000♠47.54% 7001524600000000000♠52.46%

Officers[edit] For more information, see 2009 New York State Senate
New York State Senate
leadership crisis. The Senate is headed by its President, a post held ex officio by the Lieutenant Governor. The Senate President has a casting vote in the event of a tie, but otherwise may not vote. More often, the Senate is presided over by the Temporary President, a post which is normally also held by the Majority Leader. After the 2008 elections, the Senate had a Democratic majority for the first time since 1965. They lost that majority on November 2, 2010, when Republican Jack Martins defeated Democratic Senator Craig Johnson and former Senator, now Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin, defeated Democrat Brian Foley. Following the defections of Jeffrey Klein, David Valesky and Diane Savino from the Democratic caucus, the trio joined freshman David Carlucci in a newly formed Independent Conference; this conference serves as "crossbenchers" separate from the Democratic and Republican conferences.[57] The Senate has one additional officer outside those who are elected by the people: the Secretary of the Senate is a post that is chosen by a majority vote of the senators, and does not have voting power (he/she is allowed, though officially discouraged, from discussing and negotiating legislative matters). The Secretary of the Senate is responsible for administering the Senate's office space, overseeing the handling of bills and the oversight of the sergeants-at-arms and the stenographer. The position is currently held by Frank Patience, who was elected to a two-year position in January 2011.[58]

Position Name Party District

President of the Senate/Lieutenant Governor Kathy C. Hochul Dem

Temporary President John J. Flanagan Rep 2

Republican Conference leader John J. Flanagan Rep 2

Democratic Conference leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Dem 35

Independent Democratic Conference
Independent Democratic Conference
leader Jeffrey Klein[59] IDC 34

Majority leadership[edit]

Temporary President: Sen. John Flanagan Senate Majority Leader: Sen. John Flanagan Deputy Senate Majority Leader: Sen. John DeFrancisco

Republican Conference Leadership[edit]

John J. Flanagan, Temporary President and Majority Leader John A. DeFrancisco, Deputy Majority Leader for Legislative Operations Catharine M. Young, Chair, Senate Finance Committee Kenneth P. LaValle, Chairman, Senate Majority Conference James L. Seward, Chair Majority Program Development Committee Kemp Hannon, Assistant Majority Leader on Conference Operations William J. Larkin Jr., Assistant Majority Leader for House Operations Carl L. Marcellino, Majority Whip John J. Bonacic, Deputy Majority Leader for State/Federal Relations Martin J. Golden, Vice Chair, Majority Conference Josesph E. Robach, Secretary of the Senate Majority Conference Elizabeth Little, Chair, Majority Steering Committee Joseph Griffo, Deputy Majority Whip Andrew J. Lanza, Assistant Majority Whip Michael H. Ranzenhofer, Deputy Majority Leader for Economic Development Patrick M. Gallivan, Liaison to the Executive Branch Patricia Ritchie, Deputy Majority Leader for Senate/Assembly Relations*

[60] Independent Democratic Conference[edit] Main article: Independent Democratic Conference

Jeffrey D. Klein, Independent Democratic Conference
Independent Democratic Conference
Leader & Majority Coalition Leader David J. Valesky, Deputy Independent Democratic Conference
Independent Democratic Conference
Leader for Legislative Operations David Carlucci, Independent Democratic Conference
Independent Democratic Conference
Whip Diane J. Savino, Independent Democratic Conference
Independent Democratic Conference
Liaison to the Executive Branch Tony Avella, Assistant Conference Leader for Policy and Administration

Full Minority leadership[edit]

Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Democratic Conference Leader Michael Gianaris, Deputy Democratic Conference Leader Liz Krueger, Ranking Democratic Member of Senate Finance Committee José M. Serrano, Chair of Democratic Conference Martin Malave Dilan, Assistant Democratic Conference Leader for Policy and Administration Timothy M. Kennedy, Assistant Democratic Conference Leader for Conference Operations Neil D. Breslin, Assistant Democratic Conference Leader for Floor Operations Kevin S. Parker, Vice Chair of Democratic Conference Toby Ann Stavisky, Vice Chair of Democratic Conference Velmanette Montgomery, Secretary of the Senate Democratic Conference Bill Perkins, Deputy Democratic Conference Whip Daniel Squadron, Assistant Democratic Conference Whip Brad Hoylman, Deputy Democratic Conference Floor Leader Gustavo Rivera, Chair of Democratic Conference Program Development

[60] Current members[edit]

District Senator Party First elected Counties Represented

1 LaValle, Kenneth P.Kenneth P. LaValle Republican 1976 Suffolk

2 Flanagan, John J.John J. Flanagan Republican 2002 Suffolk

3 Croci, ThomasThomas Croci Republican 2014 Suffolk

4 Boyle, Philip M.Philip M. Boyle Republican 2012 Suffolk

5 Marcellino, Carl L.Carl L. Marcellino Republican 1995* Nassau, Suffolk

6 Hannon, KempKemp Hannon Republican 1989* Nassau

7 Phillips, ElaineElaine Phillips Republican 2016 Nassau

8 Brooks, JohnJohn Brooks Democratic 2016 Nassau, Suffolk

9 Kaminsky, ToddTodd Kaminsky Democratic 2016* Nassau

10 Sanders, Jr., JamesJames Sanders, Jr. Democratic 2012 Queens

11 Avella, TonyTony Avella Democratic 2010 Queens

12 Gianaris, Michael N.Michael N. Gianaris Democratic 2010 Queens

13 Peralta, JoseJose Peralta Democratic 2010* Queens

14 Comrie, LeroyLeroy Comrie Democratic 2014 Queens

15 Addabbo, Jr., JosephJoseph Addabbo, Jr. Democratic 2008 Queens

16 Stavisky, Toby AnnToby Ann Stavisky Democratic 1999* Queens

17 Felder, SimchaSimcha Felder Democratic[61] 2012 Kings (Brooklyn)

18 Dilan, Martin MalaveMartin Malave Dilan Democratic 2002 Kings

19 Persaud, RoxanneRoxanne Persaud Democratic 2015* Kings

20 Hamilton, JesseJesse Hamilton Democratic 2014 Kings

21 Parker, Kevin S.Kevin S. Parker Democratic 2002 Kings

22 Golden, Martin J.Martin J. Golden Republican 2002 Kings

23 Savino, DianeDiane Savino Democratic 2004 Kings, Richmond (Staten Island)

24 Lanza, Andrew J.Andrew J. Lanza Republican 2006 Richmond

25 Montgomery, VelmanetteVelmanette Montgomery Democratic 1984 Kings

26 Kavanagh, BrianBrian Kavanagh Democratic 2017* Kings, New York (Manhattan)

27 Hoylman, BradBrad Hoylman Democratic 2012 New York

28 Krueger, LizLiz Krueger Democratic 2002* New York

29 Serrano, Jose M.Jose M. Serrano Democratic 2004 New York, Bronx

30 Benjamin, BrianBrian Benjamin Democratic 2017* New York

31 Alcantara, MarisolMarisol Alcantara Democratic 2016 New York

32 Vacant Bronx

33 Rivera, GustavoGustavo Rivera Democratic 2010 Bronx

34 Klein, Jeffrey D.Jeffrey D. Klein Democratic 2004 Bronx, Westchester

35 Stewart-Cousins, AndreaAndrea Stewart-Cousins Democratic 2006 Westchester

36 Bailey, JamaalJamaal Bailey Democratic 2016 Bronx, Westchester

37 Vacant Westchester

38 Carlucci, DavidDavid Carlucci Democratic 2010 Rockland, Westchester

39 Larkin, Jr., William J.William J. Larkin, Jr. Republican 1990 Orange, Rockland, Ulster

40 Murphy, Terrence P.Terrence P. Murphy Republican 2014 Dutchess, Putnam, Westchester

41 Serino, Susan J.Susan J. Serino Republican 2014 Dutchess, Putnam

42 Bonacic, John J.John J. Bonacic Republican 1998 Delaware, Orange, Sullivan, Ulster

43 Marchione, Kathleen A.Kathleen A. Marchione Republican 2012 Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Washington

44 Breslin, NeilNeil Breslin Democratic 1996 Albany, Rensselaer

45 Little, BettyBetty Little Republican 2002 Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Saint Lawrence, Warren, Washington

46 Amedore, Jr., George A.George A. Amedore, Jr. Republican 2014 Albany, Greene, Montgomery, Schenectady, Ulster

47 Griffo, JosephJoseph Griffo Republican 2006 Lewis, Oneida, St. Lawrence

48 Ritchie, PattyPatty Ritchie Republican 2010 Jefferson, Oswego, St. Lawrence

49 Tedisco, JimJim Tedisco Republican 2016 Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Saratoga, Schenectady

50 DeFrancisco, JohnJohn DeFrancisco Republican 1992 Cayuga, Onondaga

51 Seward, JamesJames Seward Republican 1986 Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Otsego, Schoharie, Tompkins, Ulster

52 Akshar, FredFred Akshar Republican 2015* Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Tioga

53 Valesky, DavidDavid Valesky Democratic 2004 Madison, Oneida, Onondaga

54 Helming, PamPam Helming Republican 2016 Cayuga, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne

55 Funke, RichardRichard Funke Republican 2014 Monroe, Ontario

56 Robach, JosephJoseph Robach Republican 2002 Monroe

57 Young, CatharineCatharine Young Republican 2005* Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Livingston

58 O'Mara, TomTom O'Mara Republican 2010 Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tompkins, Yates

59 Gallivan, PatrickPatrick Gallivan Republican 2010 Erie, Livingston, Monroe, Wyoming

60 Jacobs, ChrisChris Jacobs Republican 2016 Erie

61 Ranzenhofer, Michael H.Michael H. Ranzenhofer Republican 2008 Erie, Genesee, Monroe

62 Ortt, Robert G.Robert G. Ortt Republican 2014 Monroe, Niagara, Orleans

63 Kennedy, Timothy M.Timothy M. Kennedy Democratic 2010 Erie

* Elected in a special election Committee leadership[edit] As of January 2018, the State Senate committee chairs were as follows (committee chairs are Republican unless otherwise noted):

Administrative Regulations Review Commission: Chris Jacobs Aging: Sue Serino Agriculture: Patty Ritchie Alcoholism and Substance Abuse: George Amedore Banking: Jesse Hamilton (IDC) Children and Families: Tony Avella
Tony Avella
(IDC) Cities: Simcha Felder
Simcha Felder
(Democrat caucusing with Republicans) Civil Service and Pensions: Martin J. Golden Codes: Andrew Lanza Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business: Philip Boyle Commission on Rural Resources: Pam Helming Consumer Protection: David Carlucci
David Carlucci
(IDC) Corporations, Authorities and Commissions: Michael H. Ranzenhofer Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections: Patrick Gallivan Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation: Rich Funke Education: Carl Marcellino Elections: Fred Akshar Energy: Joseph Griffo Environmental Conservation: Tom O'Mara Ethics: Elaine Phillips Finance: Catharine Young Health: Kemp Hannon Higher Education: Kenneth P. LaValle Housing, Construction and Community Development: Betty Little Infrastructure and Capital Investment: Elaine Phillips Insurance: James Seward Investigations and Governmental Operations: Terrence Murphy Judiciary: John Bonacic Labor: Marisol Alcantara Select Committee on Libraries: Patty Ritchie Local Government: Kathy Marchione Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities: Robert G. Ortt New York City
New York City
Education Subcommittee: Simcha Felder
Simcha Felder
(Dem. in GOP Caucus) Racing, Gaming and Wagering: John Bonacic Rules: John J. Flanagan Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship: Marty Golden Social Services: Jim Tedisco Select Committee on State-Native American Relations: Joe Griffo Transportation: Joe Robach Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs: Tom Croci

District map[edit]

Current districts and party composition of the New York Senate

Upstate New York
Upstate New York
and Long Island

New York City, Nassau County, and Westchester County

  Democratic Party   Republican Party   Independent Democratic Conference   Democrat caucusing with Republicans Past composition of the Senate[edit] Main article: Political party strength in New York See also[edit]

Majority Leader of the New York State Senate List of New York State Senators New York State Assembly New York State Capitol New York state elections, 2008 2009 New York State Senate
New York State Senate
leadership crisis New York Provincial Congress


^ "Branches of Government in New York State". New York State Senate, A Guide to New York State's Government. New York State Senate. 1988. Archived from the original on September 23, 2008. Retrieved April 23, 2009.  ^ McKinley, Jesse (February 24, 2014). "What Is a Majority Vote in the State Senate? The Answer Goes Beyond Simple Math". The New York Times.  ^ 2008 Election Results, New York State Board of Elections. ^ 2008–09 (Post-Election) Partisan Composition of State Legislatures[permanent dead link] National Conference of State Legislatures ^ New York Times. "Democrats Take State Senate." nytimes.com. November 5, 2008. ^ Peters, Jeremy W.Democrats Likely to Keep Control of State Senate, The New York Times, November 6, 2008. ^ Benjamin, Elizabeth. Monserrate Makes A Democratic Deal Archived June 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. The Daily Politics. The Daily News November 8, 2008 ^ Lanza, Michael. Smith Balks After ‘Gang of Three’ Talks Archived December 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. The Queens
Tribune December 11, 2008. ^ Hakim, Danny (February 8, 2018). "Democrats Reach Pact to Lead New York State Senate". Retrieved February 8, 2018 – via NYTimes.com.  ^ Peters, Jeremy W. (February 8, 2018). "Democrats Take Control of New York State Senate". Retrieved February 8, 2018 – via NYTimes.com.  ^ "GOP, 2 Dems flip power balance in NY Senate", The Washington Post, June 8, 2009[dead link] ^ Odato, James. "Two Democrats join Republicans to topple Smith as Senate leader", Albany Times Union, June 8, 2009 Archived June 11, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. ^ [1] ^ a b Peters, Jeremy, and Danny Hakim.Republicans Seize Control of State Senate. The New York Times, June 9, 2009 ^ a b c Bauman, Valerie. Senate stalls: Coalition says it's still strong. Associated Press. Retrieved June 11, 2009 ^ Benjamin, Elizabeth. Coalition government, Day One Archived June 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. New York Daily News
New York Daily News
"Daily Politics" blog. June 9, 2009. ^ "Maverick coalition: We have keys to New York state Senate". Retrieved February 8, 2018.  ^ Salonstall, David. Sen. Pedro Espada hounded by questions on ethics and residency. New York Daily News, June 10, 2009 ^ Lovett, Kenneth (June 15, 2009) State Senate standoff means even bigger mess with Sen. Hiram Monserrate's change of heart. New York Daily News Retrieved June 15, 2009 ^ Deadlock-Ending Deal Near? Espada To Return To The Democrats Archived July 12, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.. New York Daily News Retrieved July 9, 2009 ^ Thomas Kaplan; Nicholas Confessore (January 4, 2011). "4 Democrats in State Senate Break With Leaders". The New York Times.  ^ "NYC Board of Elections General Election Results 2016".  ^ Kaplan, Thomas (November 13, 2012). "Newly Elected State Senator, Simcha Felder, Defects to G.O.P." Retrieved February 8, 2018 – via NYTimes.com.  ^ Kaplan, Thomas Coalition Is to Control State Senate as Dissident Democrats Join With the G.O.P., The New York Times, December 4, 2012. ^ Lovett, Kenneth (April 15, 2013). NYS Senate Independent Democratic Conference To Busted Malcolm Smith: Stay Away. New York Daily News. Retrieved April 16, 2013. ^ United Press International (UPI), " Dem. squeaks into N.Y. Senate by 18 votes," January 18, 2013, Retrieved January 18, 2013 ^ Vielkind, Jimmy "It's Tkaczyk by just 18 votes," Times Union, January 18, 2013, Retrieved January 19, 2013 ^ Bain, Glenn. "Senate's Independent Democratic Conference
Independent Democratic Conference
announces end to alliance with Republicans – UPDATED". New York Daily News. Retrieved February 11, 2015.  ^ "GOP wins N.Y. Senate, puts Women's Equality Act in flux". Retrieved February 8, 2018.  ^ "Klein, diminished but still desired, sides with power". Retrieved February 8, 2018.  ^ Craig, Susanne (May 4, 2015). "New York Senate Leader and Son Are Arrested on Corruption Charges". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 2, 2017.  ^ Kaplan, Thomas; Craig, Susanne (May 11, 2015). "Dean Skelos, New York Senate Leader, Vacates Post". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 2, 2017.  ^ Rashbaum, William K.; Craig, Susanne (December 11, 2015). "Dean Skelos, Ex-New York Senate Leader, and His Son Are Convicted of Corruption". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 2, 2017.  ^ Rojas, Rick (January 30, 2016). " Special
Election Is Set for April to Fill Seats Left Vacant in Albany". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 2, 2017.  ^ "Brooklyn senator joins breakaway Democrats". Retrieved February 8, 2018.  ^ " Jesse Hamilton promises to join Senate's IDC". Politico PRO. Retrieved January 2, 2017.  ^ "Republic state Sen. Venditto concedes race to Democratic challenger". News 12 Long Island. Archived from the original on January 3, 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2017.  ^ "New York Conservative Party".  ^ Yee, Vivian (November 21, 2016). "Simcha Felder, Rogue Democratic Senator, Will Remain Loyal to G.O.P." The New York Times. p. A25. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 2, 2017.  ^ Lovett, Kenneth (January 2, 2017). "LOVETT: Breakaway Senate Dems will side with GOP". Daily News. New York. Retrieved March 16, 2017.  ^ "NY Senate Legislative Session 1-4-17". Retrieved 13 January 2018.  ^ "Sen. Jose Peralta blasts 'failed' state Democratic leadership". Retrieved February 8, 2018.  ^ http://www.nystateofpolitics.com/2018/04/idc-agrees-to-dissolve/%7Ctitle=IDC agrees to dissolveaccessdate=April 4, 2018 ^ "new york state constitution - Google Search". www.google.com. Retrieved February 8, 2018.  ^ "NYC Board of Elections 2016 results" (PDF).  ^ Hamilton, Matthew; Karlin, Rick (January 8, 2015). "Session begins, lacking drama". Times Union. Retrieved January 16, 2015.  ^ "FBI: Senator embezzled, lied". Retrieved February 8, 2018.  ^ " Todd Kaminsky Win of Skelos' Seat May Not Be Enough to Shift State Senate Control to Democrats". Retrieved February 8, 2018.  ^ "Senator Hassell-Thompson joins Cuomo administration in NYS State Homes and Community Renewal". Retrieved February 8, 2018.  ^ Sen. Jose Peralta (D-13) joins the Independent Democratic Conference."Sen. Jose Peralta defects to IDC". Politico PRO. Retrieved 2017-02-15.  ^ Sen. Bill Perkins (D-30) resigns after being elected to the New York City Council"State Sen. Bill Perkins wins old City Council seat". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2017-02-15.  ^ Democrat Brian Benjamin
Brian Benjamin
elected to succeed Sen. Bill Perkins (D-30) " Brian Benjamin
Brian Benjamin
Wins Special
Election for Upper Manhattan State Senate Seat". NY1. Archived from the original on May 24, 2017. Retrieved May 24, 2017.  ^ Sen. Dan Squadron
Dan Squadron
(D-26) resigns [2] ^ Democrat Brian Kavanagh elected to succeed Sen. Dan Squadron
Dan Squadron
(D-26) [3] ^ Democrats Rubén Díaz Sr.
Rubén Díaz Sr.
(District 32) and George Latimer (District 37) resigned their seats to take other positions.[4] ^ On April 4, 2018 the eight members of the IDC agreed to reunite with the Democratic caucus. Simcha Felder
Simcha Felder
will continue caucusing with the Republicans.[5] ^ The New Amigos Archived July 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Patience Is The New Aponte Archived July 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Breakaway Senate Dems form caucus (video added)". January 5, 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2018.  ^ a b "Senate Leadership". October 4, 2015. Retrieved February 8, 2018.  ^ Sen. Felder has been elected on the Democratic, Republican and Conservative Party lines (as of the 2016 election) and has caucused with the Republicans since his first election, but he is a registered Democrat.

External links[edit]

New York State Senate

v t e

Members of the New York State Senate

202nd New York Legislature

President of the Senate/Lieutenant Governor: Kathy Hochul
Kathy Hochul

Temporary President and Majority Leader of the Senate: John J. Flanagan (R) Majority Coalition Co-Leader: Jeffrey Klein (ID) Minority Leader: Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Andrea Stewart-Cousins

   Kenneth LaValle (R)    John J. Flanagan (R)    Thomas Croci
Thomas Croci
(R)    Phil Boyle
Phil Boyle
(R)    Carl Marcellino (R)    Kemp Hannon
Kemp Hannon
(R)    Elaine Phillips (R)    John Brooks (D)    Todd Kaminsky (D)    James Sanders Jr.
James Sanders Jr.
(D)    Tony Avella
Tony Avella
(ID)    Michael Gianaris
Michael Gianaris
(D)    Jose Peralta (ID)    Leroy Comrie
Leroy Comrie
(D)    Joseph Addabbo Jr.
Joseph Addabbo Jr.
(D)    Toby Ann Stavisky
Toby Ann Stavisky
(D)    Simcha Felder
Simcha Felder
(D-R)    Martin Malave Dilan (D)    Roxanne Persaud (D)    Jesse Hamilton (ID)    Kevin Parker (D)    Martin Golden
Martin Golden
(R)    Diane Savino
Diane Savino
(ID)    Andrew Lanza
Andrew Lanza
(R)    Velmanette Montgomery (D)    Brian P. Kavanagh
Brian P. Kavanagh
(D)    Brad Hoylman
Brad Hoylman
(D)    Liz Krueger (D)    José M. Serrano (D)    Brian Benjamin
Brian Benjamin
(D)    Marisol Alcantara (ID) Vacant    Gustavo Rivera (D)    Jeffrey Klein (ID)    Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Andrea Stewart-Cousins
(D)    Jamaal Bailey (D) Vacant    David Carlucci
David Carlucci
(ID)    Bill Larkin (R)    Terrence Murphy (R)    Sue Serino (R)    John Bonacic (R)    Kathy Marchione (R)    Neil Breslin (D)    Betty Little
Betty Little
(R)    George Amedore (R)    Joseph Griffo
Joseph Griffo
(R)    Patty Ritchie (R)    Jim Tedisco
Jim Tedisco
(R)    John DeFrancisco
John DeFrancisco
(R)    James Seward
James Seward
(R)    Fred Akshar (R)    David Valesky (ID)    Pam Helming (R)    Rich Funke
Rich Funke
(R)    Joseph Robach
Joseph Robach
(R)    Catharine Young (R)    Tom O'Mara (R)    Patrick Gallivan
Patrick Gallivan
(R)    Chris Jacobs (R)    Michael Ranzenhofer (R)    Robert Ortt (R)    Timothy Kennedy (D)

   Republican (31)    Democratic (23)    Independent Democratic (8)    Democrat, but caucuses Republican (1) New York State Legislature New York State Assembly New York State Senate

v t e

Legislatures of the United States

United States Congress

United States House of Representatives United States Senate

State legislatures

Alabama (H, S) Alaska (H, S) Arizona (H, S) Arkansas (H, S) California (A, S) Colorado (H, S) Connecticut (H, S) Delaware (H, S) Florida (H, S) Georgia (H, S) Hawaii (H, S) Idaho (H, S) Illinois (H, S) Indiana (H, S) Iowa (H, S) Kansas (H, S) Kentucky (H, S) Louisiana (H, S) Maine (H, S) Maryland (H, S) Massachusetts (H, S) Michigan (H, S) Minnesota (H, S) Mississippi (H, S) Missouri (H, S) Montana (H, S) Nebraska Nevada (A, S) New Hampshire (H, S) New Jersey (GA, S) New Mexico (H, S) New York (A, S) North Carolina (H, S) North Dakota (H, S) Ohio (H, S) Oklahoma (H, S) Oregon (H, S) Pennsylvania (H, S) Rhode Island (H, S) South Carolina (H, S) South Dakota (H, S) Tennessee (H, S) Texas (H, S) Utah (H, S) Vermont (H, S) Virginia (H, S) Washington (H, S) West Virginia (H, S) Wisconsin (A, S) Wyoming (H, S)

Other legislatures

District of Columbia American Samoa (H, S) Guam Northern Mariana Islands (H, S) Puerto Rico (H, S) U.S. Virgin Islands

List of current U.S. state legislators

v t e

New York State Legislatures by year convened

1 (1777) 2 (1778) 3 (1779) 4 (1780) 5 (1781) 6 (1782) 7 (1783) 8 (1784) 9 (1785) 10 (1786) 11 (1787) 12 (1788) 13 (1789) 14 (1790) 15 (1791) 16 (1792) 17 (1793) 18 (1794) 19 (1795) 20 (1796) 21 (1797) 22 (1798) 23 (1799) 24 (1800) 25 (1801) 26 (1802) 27 (1803) 28 (1804) 29 (1805) 30 (1806) 31 (1807) 32 (1808) 33 (1809) 34 (1810) 35 (1811) 36 (1812) 37 (1813) 38 (1814) 39 (1815) 40 (1816) 41 (1817) 42 (1818) 43 (1819) 44 (1820) 45 (1821) 46 (1823) 47 (1824) 48 (1825) 49 (1826) 50 (1827) 51 (1828) 52 (1829) 53 (1830) 54 (1831) 55 (1832) 56 (1833) 57 (1834) 58 (1835) 59 (1836) 60 (1837) 61 (1838) 62 (1839) 63 (1840) 64 (1841) 65 (1842) 66 (1843) 67 (1844) 68 (1845) 69 (1846) 70 (1847) 71 (1848) 72 (1849) 73 (1850) 74 (1851) 75 (1852) 76 (1853) 77 (1854) 78 (1855) 79 (1856) 80 (1857) 81 (1858) 82 (1859) 83 (1860) 84 (1861) 85 (1862) 86 (1863) 87 (1864) 88 (1865) 89 (1866) 90 (1867) 91 (1868) 92 (1869) 93 (1870) 94 (1871) 95 (1872) 96 (1873) 97 (1874) 98 (1875) 99 (1876) 100 (1877) 101 (1878) 102 (1879) 103 (1880) 104 (1881) 105 (1882) 106 (1883) 107 (1884) 108 (1885) 109 (1886) 110 (1887) 111 (1888) 112 (1889) 113 (1890) 114 (1891) 115 (1892) 116 (1893) 117 (1894) 118 (1895) 119 (1896) 120 (1897) 121 (1898) 122 (1899) 123 (1900) 124 (1901) 125 (1902) 126 (1903) 127 (1904) 128 (1905) 129 (1906) 130 (1907) 131 (1908) 132 (1909) 133 (1910) 134 (1911) 135 (1912) 136 (1913) 137 (1914) 138 (1915) 139 (1916) 140 (1917) 141 (1918) 142 (1919) 143 (1920) 144 (1921) 145 (1922) 146 (1923) 147 (1924) 148 (1925) 149 (1926) 150 (1927) 151 (1928) 152 (1929) 153 (1930) 154 (1931) 155 (1932) 156 (1933) 157 (1934) 158 (1935) 159 (1936) 160 (1937) 161 (1938) 162 (1939) 163 (1941) 164 (1943) 165 (1945) 166 (1947) 167 (1949) 168 (1951) 169 (1953) 170 (1955) 171 (1957) 172 (1959) 173 (1961) 174 (1963) 175 (1965) 176 (1966) 177 (1967) 178 (1969) 179 (1971) 180 (1973) 181 (1975) 182 (1977) 183 (1979) 184 (1981) 185 (1983) 186 (1985) 187 (1987) 188 (1989) 189 (1991) 190 (1993) 191 (1995) 192 (1997) 193 (1999) 194 (2001) 195 (2003) 196 (2005) 197 (2007) 198 (2009) 199 (2011) 200 (2013) 201 (2015) 202 (2017)

Senate Assembly

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 158889374 LCCN: n79124974 ISNI: 0000 0004 0367 5468 G