STATE RACES
ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 23
ABOUT EYE ON ALBANY

Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Far Rockaway.

GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS
Take a look at all the latest results for the November 5, 2002 general election.

x-Audrey I. Pheffer (Dem) 12,525 - 95 percent
Kenneth Huhn (Ind) 665 - 5 percent

Candidates:

  • Audrey Pheffer (Dem/Lib/Wor )Incumbent
  • Kenneth Huhn (Con/Ind)


BIOGRAPHIES

Audrey Pheffer (Dem/Lib/Wor) has resided in Queens for over 45 years. She has represented the 23rd Assembly District for 14 years. Audrey returned to school and graduated Cum Laude in 1982 from Queens College of the City University of New York. Audrey Pheffer was elected to the State Assembly in a special election on April 28, 1987. In 1995, she was named chair of the Assembly Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee. She has also chaired the Assembly's Election Law Committee and the Subcommittee on Outreach and Oversight of Senior Citizen Programs. Additionally, Audrey is a member of the Assembly Committees on Aging; Governmental Employees; Higher Education; Rules; Tourism, Arts & Sports Development; and Veterans' Affairs. She is also secretary of the Legislative Women's Caucus of New York State and a member of the National Order of Women Legislators, serving as President from 1995-96. Standing Committee Assignments 2001: Consumer Affairs and Protection (Chair); Aging; Governmental Employees; Higher Education; Rules; Tourism, Arts and Sports Development; Veterans' Affairs.

Kenneth Huhn (Con/Ind) is a printer and a graduate of Rockaway High School. He has been a candidate for City Council in 1973 and 1974, for Congress in 1978, and for Assembly in 1980. He is additionally a member of the Rockaway Conservative Party.


7 BILLS IMPORTANT TO NEW YORK CITY RESIDENTS THAT YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE IS LIKELY TO VOTE ON IN THE NEXT TERM:

1. Rent Regulation: The current rent regulation laws expire in June 2003. Supporters of rent regulation hope that the current provisions will be extended for another five years and that the legislature will repeal the provision which deregulates apartments that rent for $2,000 or more a month. The State Assembly passed such a bill this year, but it died in the Senate in the face of opposition from Majority Leader Joseph Bruno. If the Legislature does not take concerted action in June, rent regulation in New York City will end.

In 2002 Assemblymember Pheffer voted in favor of repealing vacancy decontrol, the law that permits landlords to increase rent 18 percent automatically whenever a tenant moves out.

2. Commuter Tax: In 1999, when the State Legislature repealed the Commuter Tax, the city's economy was good. Reinstatement of the Commuter Tax is likely to come up again this Spring as the City's economy takes a turn for the worse.

In 1999 Assemblymember Pheffer voted in favor of repealing the commuter tax.

3. School Funding: Even with mayoral control of the school system, more than 40 percent of New York City's school funding comes from Albany. Next year's budget will determine how much money New York City's schools will get from the state.

4. Rockefeller drug laws: New York's drug laws, passed in 1973 by Governor Nelson Rockefeller, are among the harshest in the nation. The Democratic-controlled Assembly, Republican-controlled Senate, and the Governor have not been able to agree on how to reform these laws, look for renewed negotiations and new legislation in the next term.

5. Minimum Wage: Currently set at $5.15 an hour, Democrats will likely propose raising the minimum wage to $6.75 an hour, a proposal that passed the Assembly, but failed to ever get to the floor of the Senate last year.

Raising Minimum Wage - vote on A5132
In 2002 Assemblymember Pheffer voted in favor of raising the minimum wage.

6. Sexual Orientation Non Discrimination Act: This has been floating around the New York State Legislature for 30 years, with the Governor's support, it is likely to come up for a vote again next Spring.

7. Campaign Finance Reform: Some 80 organizations have proposed a "Clean Money, Clean Elections" bill for the New York State Legislature. Like the New York City law, it would establish a system under which candidates who comply with limits on campaign spending and contributions Last year, Speaker Sheldon Silver introduced a bill to provide two-to-one public matching of campaign contributions. The bill passed the Assembly, but it died in the Senate in the face of opposition from Majority Leader Joseph Bruno.

In 2002 Assemblymember Pheffer voted in favor of two-to-one public matching of campaign contributions.

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