New York State Assembly
The New York State Assembly is the lower house of the New York State Legislature, the New York State Senate being the upper house. There are 150 seats in the Assembly, with each of the 150 Assembly districts having an average population of 128,652. Assemblymembers serve two-year terms without term limits.
|New York State Assembly|
|New York State Legislature|
New session started
|January 3, 2017|
Majority caucus (104)
Minority caucus (37)
Length of term
|Authority||Article III, New York Constitution|
|Salary||$79,500/year + per diem|
|November 8, 2016
|November 6, 2018
|State Assembly Chamber
New York State Capitol
Albany, New York
|New York State Assembly|
Leadership of the assemblyEdit
The Speaker of the Assembly presides over the Assembly. The Speaker is elected by the Majority Conference followed by confirmation of the full Assembly through the passage of an Assembly Resolution. In addition to presiding over the body, the Speaker also has the chief leadership position, and controls the flow of legislation and committee assignments. The minority leader is elected by party caucus. The majority leader of the Assembly is selected by, and serves at the pleasure of, the Speaker. The current Speaker is Democrat Carl Heastie of the 83rd Assembly District (part of Bronx-Wakefield, Williamsbridge). The Majority Leader is Joseph Morelle of the 136th Assembly District (part of Monroe). The Minority Leader is Republican Brian Kolb of the 131st Assembly District (all of Ontario and part of Seneca).
|Majority Leader||Joseph Morelle||Democratic||136|
|Minority Leader||Brian Kolb||Republican||131|
The Assembly is dominated by the Democrats; as of January 1, 2018, they hold a 66-seat supermajority in the chamber. This is due to the recent domination of Democrats in the state's electorate, as well as the fact the Assembly's apportionment strongly favors the state's traditional Democratic strongholds of New York City (where the Democrats hold all but two seats), the urban areas of Western New York and Central New York, and the Capital District. The Democrats have controlled the Assembly since 1975.
(Shading indicates Majority Conference)
|End of previous legislature (2012)||99||1||49||0||149||1|
|Begin 2013 session||106||1||43||0||150||0|
|End of previous legislature (2014)||97||1||40||139||11|
|Begin 2015 session||104||1||1||43||1||150||0|
|End of previous legislature (2016)||104||41||147||3|
|Begin 2017 session||106||1||43||0||150||0|
|January 30, 2017||42||149||1|
|May 23, 2017||107||150||0|
|September 2, 2017||106||149||1|
|September 5, 2017||105||148||2|
|November 7, 2017||107||150||0|
|January 1, 2018||103||1||37||0||141||9|
|Latest voting share||68.7%||25%|
Members of the New York State AssemblyEdit
- †Elected in a special election
Past notable membersEdit
Prominent past Assembly members include U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer; U.S. presidents Millard Fillmore and Theodore Roosevelt; U.S. vice presidents Aaron Burr and George Clinton; and New York governors George Pataki and Al Smith.
- Rep. Mickey Kearns left the Democratic Caucus during the 2013 session
- Ass. Joseph Saladino (R-9) resigned after being appointed town supervisor of Oyster Bay 
- Democrat Christine Pellegrino elected to succeed Ass. Joseph Saladino (R-9): "9th Assembly District Flips To Democrats; Pellegrino Defeats Gargiulo". Massapequa, NY Patch. 2017-05-23. Retrieved 2017-05-24.
- Ass. Michael Simanowitz (D-27) dies: "N.Y. Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz, lauded as tremendous voice for Jewish community, dead at 45". New York Daily News. 2017-09-03. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
- Ass. Herman D. Farrell (D-71) retires: "Veteran Assemblyman Denny Farrell to resign Sept. 5". Albany Times Union. 2017-08-21. Retrieved 2017-08-21.
- Democrat Daniel Rosenthal elected to succeeed the late Ass. Michael Simanowitz (D-27); Democrat Alfred Taylor elected to succeed Ass. Herman D. Farrell (D-71)
- Democrats Mark Gjonaj, Brian Kavanagh, Mickey Kearns, and Francisco Moya, as well as Republicans Al Graf, Pete Lopez, Chad Lupinacci, Tom McKevitt, and Steve McLaughlin, have left the Assembly for other positions.
- Though Richardson was elected on the Working Families Party line, she is a registered Democrat.