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The 188th New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 4, 1989, to December 31, 1990, during the seventh and eighth years of Mario Cuomo's governorship, in Albany.

188th New York State Legislature
187th 189th
The facade of the New York State Capitol building in bright daylight
JurisdictionNew York, United States
TermJanuary 1, 1989 – December 31, 1990
PresidentLt. Gov. Stan Lundine (D)
Temporary PresidentRalph J. Marino (R)
Party controlRepublican
SpeakerMel Miller (D)
Party controlDemocratic
1stJanuary 4 – July 1, 1989
2ndJanuary 3 – July 2, 1990
3rdDecember 3 – 14, 1990


Under the provisions of the New York Constitution of 1938 and the U.S. Supreme Court decision to follow the One man, one vote rule, re-apportioned in 1982 by the Legislature, 61 Senators and 150 assemblymen were elected in single-seat districts for two-year terms. Senate and Assembly districts consisted of approximately the same number of inhabitants, the area being apportioned contiguously without restrictions regarding county boundaries.

At this time there were two major political parties: the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. The Liberal Party, the Conservative Party, the Right to Life Party, an "Independent Progressive Party", the Workers World Party, the Libertarian Party, and the Socialist Workers Party also nominated tickets.


The New York state election, 1988, was held on November 8. The only statewide elective office up for election was a U.S. Senator from New York. Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan was re-elected with Liberal endorsement. The approximate party strength at this election, as expressed by the vote for U.S. Senator, was: Democrats/Liberals 4,049,000; Republicans/Conservatives 1,876,000; Right to Life 65,000; Independent Progressives 15,000; Workers World 13,500; Libertarians 12,000; and Socialist Workers 11,000.

All sitting 22 women members of the legislature—State Senators Mary B. Goodhue (Rep.), a lawyer of Mount Kisco; Nancy Larraine Hoffmann (Dem.), of Syracuse; Olga A. Méndez (Dem.), of East Harlem; Velmanette Montgomery (Dem.), of Brooklyn; and Suzi Oppenheimer (Dem.), of Mamaroneck; and Assemblywomen Barbara M. Clark (Dem.), of Queens; Elizabeth Connelly (Dem.), of Staten Island; Pinny Cooke (Rep.), of Rochester; Geraldine L. Daniels (Dem.), of the Bronx; Gloria Davis (Dem.), of the Bronx; Eileen C. Dugan (Dem.), of Brooklyn; Aurelia Greene (Dem.), of the Bronx; Earlene Hill Hooper (Dem.), of Hempstead; Rhoda S. Jacobs (Dem.), of Brooklyn; Cynthia Jenkins (Dem.), a librarian of Queens; Helen M. Marshall (Dem.), a teacher and librarian of Queens; Nettie Mayersohn (Dem.), of Queens; Patricia McGee (Rep.), of Franklinville; Mary M. McPhillips (Dem.), of Middletown; Catherine Nolan (Dem.), of Queens; Audrey Pheffer (Dem.), of Queens; and Helene Weinstein (Dem.), a lawyer of Brooklyn—were re-elected. Ada L. Smith (Dem.), of Queens, was also elected to the State Senate. Cecile D. Singer (Rep.), of Yonkers, was also elected to the Assembly.

The New York state election, 1989, was held on November 7. Two vacancies in the State Senate were filled. Assemblywoman Mary M. McPhillips was elected as County Executive of Orange County.


The Legislature met for the first regular session (the 212th) at the State Capitol in Albany on January 4, 1989;[1] and recessed indefinitely on July 1.[2]

Mel Miller (Dem.) was re-elected Speaker of the Assembly.

Ralph J. Marino (Rep.) was elected Temporary President of the Senate.

The Legislature met for the second regular session (the 213th) at the State Capitol in Albany on January 3, 1990;[3] and recessed indefinitely on July 2.[4]

The legislature met again from December 3[5] to 14, 1990.[6] This session was called to consider state budget cuts, an increase in CUNY's tuition rates, and an anti-crime plan proposed by Mayor of New York City David Dinkins.

State SenateEdit


The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued in office as members of this Legislature. John B. Sheffer II changed from the Assembly to the Senate at the beginning of the session. Assemblyman Kemp Hannon was elected to fill a vacancy in the Senate.

Note: For brevity, the chairmanships omit the words "...the Committee on (the)..."

District Senator Party Notes
1st Kenneth LaValle* Rep./Cons.
2nd James J. Lack* Rep./Cons.
3rd Caesar Trunzo* Republican
4th Owen H. Johnson* Rep./Cons. Chairman of Environmental Conservation
5th Ralph J. Marino* Rep./Cons. elected Temporary President
6th John R. Dunne* Rep./Cons. Chairman of Judiciary; resigned in September 1989[7]
Kemp Hannon* Republican on November 7, 1989, elected to fill vacancy
7th Michael J. Tully Jr.* Rep./Cons. Chairman of Health
8th Norman J. Levy* Rep./Cons. Chairman of Transportation
9th Dean Skelos* Rep./Cons.
10th Andrew Jenkins* Dem./Lib. on May 7, 1990, convicted of two felonies[8]
11th Frank Padavan* Rep./Cons.
12th Leonard P. Stavisky* Dem./Lib.
13th Emanuel R. Gold* Dem./Lib.
14th George Onorato* Democrat
15th Serphin R. Maltese Cons./Rep./RTL
16th Jeremy S. Weinstein* Dem./Lib.
17th Howard E. Babbush* Dem./Lib.
18th Donald Halperin* Democrat
19th Martin M. Solomon* Democrat
20th Ada L. Smith Democrat
21st Marty Markowitz* Democrat
22nd Velmanette Montgomery* Dem./Lib.
23rd Christopher J. Mega* Rep./Cons.
24th John J. Marchi* Rep./Dem./Lib. Vice-President pro tempore
25th Martin Connor* Dem./Lib.
26th Roy M. Goodman* Rep./Lib.
27th Manfred Ohrenstein* Dem./Lib. Minority Leader
28th Franz S. Leichter* Dem./Lib.
29th David Paterson* Dem./Lib.
30th Olga A. Méndez* Dem./Lib.
31st Joseph L. Galiber* Dem./Lib.
32nd Israel Ruiz, Jr.* Dem./Lib. on February 3, 1989, convicted of a federal felony[9]
Efrain Gonzalez Jr. Democrat on November 7, 1989, elected to fill vacancy
33rd Abraham Bernstein* Dem./Lib. died on March 4, 1990
Jeffrey R. Korman Democrat on May 1, 1990, elected to fill vacancy[10]
34th Guy J. Velella* Rep./Cons.
35th Nicholas A. Spano* Rep./Cons.
36th Suzi Oppenheimer* Dem./Lib.
37th Mary B. Goodhue* Rep./Cons.
38th Eugene Levy* Rep./Cons. died on July 12, 1990
39th E. Arthur Gray Democrat
40th Charles D. Cook* Republican
41st Jay P. Rolison Jr.* Republican
42nd Howard C. Nolan Jr.* Democrat
43rd Joseph Bruno* Republican
44th Hugh T. Farley* Republican Chairman of Banks
45th Ronald B. Stafford* Republican Deputy Majority Leader
46th John M. McHugh* Republican
47th James H. Donovan* Republican Chairman of Education; died on August 31, 1990
48th Nancy Larraine Hoffmann* Democrat
49th Tarky Lombardi Jr.* Republican Chairman of Finance
50th James L. Seward* Republican
51st Thomas W. Libous Republican
52nd Randy Kuhl* Republican
53rd L. Paul Kehoe* Republican
54th John D. Perry* Democrat
55th Ralph E. Quattrociocchi* Democrat
56th Jess J. Present* Republican
57th William Stachowski* Democrat
58th Anthony M. Masiello* Democrat
59th Dale M. Volker* Republican
60th John B. Sheffer II* Republican
61st John B. Daly* Republican


State AssemblyEdit


The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued in office as members of this Legislature.

Note: For brevity, the chairmanships omit the words "...the Committee on (the)..."

District Assemblymen Party Notes
1st Joseph Sawicki Jr.* Republican
2nd John L. Behan* Republican
3rd John Powell Rep./Cons. on November 7, 1989, elected to the Town Council of Brookhaven
Icilio W. Bianchi, Jr. Democrat on February 20, 1990, elected to fill vacancy[11]
4th Robert J. Gaffney* Republican
5th Paul E. Harenberg* Democrat
6th Robert C. Wertz* Republican
7th Thomas F. Barraga* Republican
8th John C. Cochrane* Republican
9th John J. Flanagan* Republican
10th James D. Conte* Republican
11th Robert K. Sweeney* Democrat
12th Philip B. Healey* Republican
13th Lewis J. Yevoli* Democrat
14th Frederick E. Parola* Republican
15th Daniel Frisa* Republican
16th Thomas DiNapoli* Democrat
17th Kemp Hannon* Republican on November 7, 1989, elected to the State Senate
Michael Balboni Republican on February 20, 1990, elected to fill vacancy[11]
18th Earlene Hill Hooper* Democrat
19th Charles J. O'Shea* Republican
20th vacant Assemblyman-elect Arthur J. Kremer (D) resigned on December 14, 1988[12]
Harvey Weisenberg Democrat on February 14, 1989, elected to fill vacancy[13]
21st Gregory R. Becker* Republican
22nd George H. Madison* Republican
23rd Audrey Pheffer* Democrat
24th Saul Weprin* Democrat Chairman of Ways and Means
25th Douglas Prescott* Republican
26th Morton C. Hillman* Democrat
27th Nettie Mayersohn* Democrat
28th Alan G. Hevesi* Democrat
29th Cynthia Jenkins* Democrat
30th Joseph Crowley* Democrat
31st Anthony S. Seminerio* Democrat
32nd Edward Abramson* Democrat
33rd Barbara M. Clark* Democrat
34th Ivan C. Lafayette* Democrat
35th Helen M. Marshall* Democrat
36th Denis J. Butler* Democrat
37th Catherine Nolan* Democrat
38th Frederick D. Schmidt* Democrat
39th Anthony J. Genovesi* Democrat
40th Edward Griffith* Democrat
41st Helene Weinstein* Democrat
42nd Rhoda S. Jacobs* Democrat
43rd Clarence Norman Jr.* Democrat
44th Mel Miller* Democrat re-elected Speaker
45th Daniel L. Feldman* Democrat
46th Howard L. Lasher* Democrat
47th Frank J. Barbaro* Democrat
48th Dov Hikind* Democrat
49th Peter J. Abbate Jr.* Democrat
50th Joseph R. Lentol* Democrat
51st James F. Brennan* Democrat
52nd Eileen C. Dugan* Democrat
53rd Vito J. Lopez* Democrat
54th Thomas F. Catapano* Democrat
55th William F. Boyland* Democrat
56th Albert Vann* Democrat
57th Roger L. Green* Democrat
58th Elizabeth Connelly* Democrat
59th Eric N. Vitaliano* Democrat
60th Robert A. Straniere* Republican
61st William F. Passannante* Democrat
62nd Sheldon Silver* Democrat
63rd Steven Sanders* Democrat
64th Richard N. Gottfried* Democrat
65th Alexander B. Grannis* Democrat
66th Mark Alan Siegel* Democrat
67th Jerrold Nadler* Democrat
68th Angelo Del Toro* Democrat
69th Edward C. Sullivan* Democrat
70th Geraldine L. Daniels* Democrat
71st Herman D. Farrell, Jr.* Democrat
72nd John Brian Murtaugh* Democrat
73rd José E. Serrano* Democrat on March 20, 1990, elected to the 101st U.S. Congress
David Rosado Dem./Lib. on May 1, 1990, elected to fill vacancy[10]
74th Hector L. Diaz* Democrat
75th John C. Dearie* Democrat
76th Aurelia Greene* Democrat
77th Israel Martinez* Democrat
78th Gloria Davis* Democrat
79th George Friedman* Democrat
80th G. Oliver Koppell* Democrat Chairman of Judiciary
81st Stephen B. Kaufman Democrat
82nd Larry Seabrook* Democrat
83rd Terence M. Zaleski* Democrat
84th Cecile D. Singer Republican
85th Ronald C. Tocci* Democrat
86th Richard L. Brodsky* Democrat
87th Peter M. Sullivan* Republican
88th Gregory P. Young* Democrat
89th Henry William Barnett* Republican
90th Vincent Leibell* Republican
91st George E. Pataki* Republican
92nd Joseph R. Holland Republican
93rd Samuel Colman* Democrat
94th Mary M. McPhillips* Democrat on November 7, 1989, elected as County Executive of Orange County
John Bonacic Republican on February 20, 1990, elected to fill vacancy[11]
95th William J. Larkin, Jr.* Republican
96th Lawrence E. Bennett* Democrat
97th Stephen M. Saland* Republican
98th Richard I. Coombe* Republican
99th Glenn E. Warren* Republican
100th Neil W. Kelleher* Republican
101st Maurice D. Hinchey* Democrat
102nd John Faso* Republican
103rd Arnold W. Proskin* Republican
104th Richard J. Conners* Democrat
105th Paul D. Tonko* Democrat
106th Ronald Canestrari Democrat
107th James Tedisco* Republican
108th Robert A. D'Andrea* Republican
109th Glenn H. Harris* Republican
110th Chris Ortloff* Republican
111th John W. McCann* Republican
112th John G. A. O'Neil* Republican
113th Anthony J. Casale* Republican
114th H. Robert Nortz* Republican
115th William R. Sears* Republican
116th Ralph J. Eannace Jr.* Republican
117th Ray T. Chesbro* Republican
118th Michael J. Bragman* Democrat
119th William E. Bush* Republican
120th Melvin N. Zimmer* Democrat
121st Harold C. Brown Jr. Republican
122nd Clarence D. Rappleyea Jr.* Republican Minority Leader
123rd Richard H. Miller* Republican
124th James R. Tallon Jr.* Democrat Majority Leader
125th Martin A. Luster Democrat
126th George H. Winner, Jr.* Republican
127th Donald R. Davidsen* Republican
128th Michael F. Nozzolio* Republican
129th Frank G. Talomie Sr.* Republican
130th Robert L. King* Republican
131st Gary Proud* Democrat
132nd Pinny Cooke* Republican
133rd David F. Gantt* Democrat
134th Roger J. Robach* Democrat Deputy Majority Leader
135th James F. Nagle* Republican
136th John W. Hasper* Republican
137th R. Stephen Hawley* Republican
138th Joseph T. Pillittere* Democrat
139th Matthew J. Murphy, Jr.* Democrat
140th Robin L. Schimminger* Democrat
141st Arthur O. Eve* Democrat
142nd Richard R. Anderson Republican
143rd Paul Tokasz* Democrat
144th William B. Hoyt* Democrat
145th Richard J. Keane* Democrat
146th Francis J. Pordum* Democrat
147th Thomas M. Reynolds Republican
148th Vincent J. Graber Sr.* Democrat
149th Patricia McGee* Republican
150th William L. Parment* Democrat



  1. ^ Cuomo Plans A Major Effort To Fight Drugs by Elizabeth Kolbert, in the New York Times on January 5, 1989
  2. ^ Legislators Count Successes As Albany Session Closes by Elizabeth Kolbert, in the New York Times on July 2, 1989
  3. ^ HEALTH INSURANCE FOR ALL CHILDREN IS URGED BY CUOMO by Elizabeth Kolbert, in the New York Times on January 4, 1990
  4. ^ 3 Health-Care Bills Approved in Albany by Kevin Sack, in the New York Times on July 3, 1990
  5. ^ Quick Agreement Unlikely on Cuomo Budget Cuts by Sam Howe Verhovek, in the New York Times on December 3, 1990
  6. ^ Anti-Crime Plan Undecided As the Legislature Recesses by Kevin Sack, in the New York Times on December 15, 1990
  7. ^ Influential L.I. Senator Quits in the New York Times on August 10, 1989
  8. ^ Queens Lawmaker Guilty in Bank Plot by James Barron, in the New York Times on May 8, 1990
  9. ^ A State Senator Is Found Guilty In a Loan Case in the New York Times on February 4, 1989
  10. ^ a b Legislative Elections in Bronx Won by Korman and Rosado in the New York Times on May 2, 1990
  11. ^ a b c 3 Assembly Victors Favor Death Penalty in the New York Times on February 21, 1990
  12. ^ After Fall From Power, an Assemblyman Resigns by Frank Lynn, in the New York Times on December 15, 1988
  13. ^ New York Red Book (2003–2004; pg. 396)