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. Assembly members 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 (41)
No caucus (1)
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 positon is currently vacant after former leader Joseph Morelle of the 136th Assembly District's election to the United States House of Representatives. The Minority Leader is Republican Brian Kolb of the 131st Assembly District (all of Ontario and part of Seneca).
|Minority Leader||Brian Kolb||Republican||131|
|Aging||Donna Lupardo (D-123)|
|Agriculture||William Magee (D-121)|
|Alcoholism and Drug Abuse||Linda Rosenthal (D-67)|
|Banks||Kenneth Zebrowski (D-96)|
|Children and Families||Ellen Jaffee (D-97)|
|Cities||Michael Benedetto (D-82)|
|Codes||Joseph Lentol (D-50)|
|Committee of the Whole||Carl Heastie (D-83)|
|Consumer Affairs and Protections||Matthew Titone (D-61)|
|Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions||Amy Paulin (D-88)|
|Correction||David Weprin (D-24)|
|Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce, and Industry||Robin Schimminger (D-140)|
|Education||Catherine Nolan (D-37)|
|Election Law||Charles Lavine (D-13)|
|Energy||Michael Cusick (D-63)|
|Enviromental Conservation||Steve Englebright (D-4)|
|Ethics and Guidance||Aravella Simotas (D-36)|
|Governmental Employees||Peter J. Abbate Jr. (D-49)|
|Governmental Operations||Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-141)|
|Health||Richard N. Gottfried (D-75)|
|Higher Education||Deborah Glick (D-66)|
|Housing||Steven Cymbrowitz (D-45)|
|Insurance||Kevin Cahill (D-103)|
|Judiciary||Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-81)|
|Labor||Michele Titus (D-31)|
|Libraries and Education Technology||Didi Barrett (D-106)|
|Local Governments||William Magnarelli (D-129)|
|Mental Health||Aileen Gunther (D-100)|
|Oversight, Analysis and Investigation||Edward Braunstein (D-26)|
|Racing and Wagering||J. Gary Pretlow (D-89)|
|Real Property Taxation||Sandy Galef (D-95)|
|Rules||Carl Heastie (D-83)|
|Small Business||Fred W. Thiele Jr. (D-1)|
|Social Services||Andrew Hevesi (D-28)|
|Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development||Daniel O'Donnell (D-69)|
|Transportation||David Gantt (D-137)|
|Veterans' Affairs||Michael DenDekker (D-34)|
|Ways and Means||Helene Weinstein (D-41)|
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|
|October 1, 2017||41||147||3|
|November 7, 2017||107||149||1|
|January 1, 2018||103||37||141||9|
|April 2, 2018||102||140||10|
|April 15, 2018||101||139||11|
|April 24, 2018||103||1||41||146||4|
|Latest voting share||71.92%||28.08%|
Members of the New York State AssemblyEdit
- +Elected in a special election
Past notable membersEdit
Prominent past Assembly members include U.S. presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Millard Fillmore; U.S. vice presidents Aaron Burr and George Clinton; New York governors George Pataki and Al Smith; U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer; and the first black woman elected to Congress, Shirley Chisholm.
Past composition of the AssemblyEdit
- "Committees, Commissions, and Task Forces". New York State Assembly. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
- Rep. Mickey Kearns left the Democratic Caucus during the 2013 session
- Joseph Saladino (R-9) resigned after being appointed town supervisor of Oyster Bay 
- Democrat Christine Pellegrino elected to succeed Asm. Joseph Saladino (R-9): "9th Assembly District Flips To Democrats; Pellegrino Defeats Gargiulo". Massapequa, NY Patch. 2017-05-23. Retrieved 2017-05-24.
- 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.
- Herman D. Farrell (D-71) resigns: "Veteran Assemblyman Denny Farrell to resign Sept. 5". Albany Times Union. 2017-08-21. Retrieved 2017-08-21.
- Pete Lopez (R-102) resigns: "Trump administration picks new EPA chief for New Jersey and New York". Northjersey.com. September 28, 2017.
- Democrats Daniel Rosenthal (District 27) and Alfred Taylor (District 71) elected to succeed Simanowitz and Farrell, respectively.
- Democrats Mark Gjonaj (District 80), Brian Kavanagh (District 74), Mickey Kearns (District 142), and Francisco Moya (District 39), as well as Republicans Al Graf (District 5), Chad Lupinacci (District 10), Tom McKevitt (District 17), and Steve McLaughlin (District 107), have left the Assembly for other positions.
- Democrat Pamela Harris (District 46) resigned due to corruption charges. 
- Democrat Frank Skartados (District 104) died. 
- Republican Douglas M. Smith elected to succeed Graf (R-5). Democrat Steve Stern elected to succeed Lupinacci (R-10). Republican John Mikulin elected to succeed McKevitt (R-17). Democrat Ari Espinal elected to succeed Moya (D-39). Democrat Harvey Epstein elected to succeed Kavanagh (D-74). Democrat Nathalia Fernandez elected to succeed Gjonaj (D-80). Republican Christopher Tague elected to succeed Lopez (R-102). Republican Jacob Ashby elected to succeed McLaughlin (R-107).
- Democrats Luis R. Sepúlveda (District 87) and Shelley Mayer (District 90) resigned from their seats after being elected to the state Senate.
- Erik Bohen elected to succeed Kearns (D-142). Like Kearns before him, Bohen was elected on Republican and Republican-affiliated ballot lines, but is a registered Democrat and has pledged to caucus with the Democratic majority.  However, Democrats have so far not allowed Bohen to join the caucus. 
- Though Richardson was elected on the Working Families Party line, she is a registered Democrat.
- Although elected on the Republican, Conservative and Independence ballot lines, Bohen is a registered Democrat.