STATE RACES
ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 26
ABOUT EYE ON ALBANY

East Flushing, Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck, Whitestone, Malba, Bay Terrace, Floral Park.

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

x-Ann Margaret E. Carrozza (Dem) 16,891 - 67 percent
John D. Ottulich (Rep) 8,137 - 33 percent

Candidates:

  • Ann Margaret E. Carrozza (Dem) Incumbent
  • John Ottulich (Rep/Ind/Con)


CAMPAIGN FEATURE

The two candidates running for the 26th Assembly District in North East Queens agree on some of the main issues: economic development, education, and health care. However they disagree on whose approach will produce the best results.

Incumbent Democrat Ann Margaret Carrozza points to her experience over the last six years and her close relationship with constituents. "People call me at home and they share ideas with me," said Carrozza. "They tell me what they like about the community, what they don't like about the community."

Republican challenger John Ottulich wants to bring a fresh business-minded approach to the job. "We have a current individual in office who is a caretaker, as opposed to a builder," said Ottulich, who pledges to make government programs more accountable.

Carrozza said the challenge is to "be more creative and resourceful" with the state budget to keep programs without increasing taxes. She also said she would lobby for more investment of federal money to attract businesses to the city and create new industries.

Ottulich agrees that more must be done to build new jobs and to particularly help small and medium-sized businesses. He also hopes to keep jobs in the city by focusing on local issues. "By providing a solid education and a quality-of-life, companies will not consider leaving, they will stay here," he said.

On education, Ottulich is calling for more results in the classrooms. "Giving teacher salaries increases was a phenomenal thing," he said. "Now let's make sure they can perform in a way that is commensurate with their salaries."

Carrozza hopes to use existing buildings in the area to create new classroom space.

On the issue of health care, Carrozza points to her sponsorship of a bill passed in August that exempts retired doctors who provide free services at clinics from having to pay medical licensing fees. She hopes the legislation will encourage more retired doctors to volunteer their time and services. She also supported legislation that makes more senior citizens eligible for the state's Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage plan.

The main difference between the two candidates is their approach to doing business in Albany.

Ottulich said he will bring change. "I'd like to be able to be an independent voice up in Albany and be able to say, 'hold on guys and gals, I don't think you're looking at this the right way,'" he said. "I'd bring my skills of negotiation, so that we can ultimately resolve differences."

Carrozza said she has successfully worked with Albany to help the district. "I have a proven track record of being independent and being effective and being responsive to my constituents," she said. "I work very well with both political parties. I've been very independent for the people of my community."

-Posted October 23, 2002


BIOGRAPHIES

Assemblywoman Ann Margaret Carrozza (Dem) is a practicing attorney who received her law degree from Hofstra University. Carrozza serves on the Committee on Aging, Banks; Government Employees; and Insurance. In addition, she chairs the State and Federal Relations Committee.

John Ottulich (Rep/Ind/Con) is a Manufacturer's Representative at Berk-Rauch Marketing in Brooklyn. Ottulich was born and raised in Queens. He attended Cathedral and Queens College. Ottulich is the past Vice President of the Queens Museum board and a member of the Queens Chamber of Commerce. Ottulich was appointed by the mayor to the board of the Private Industry Council and has been active with the Douglaston Civic Association and the Bayside Historical Society.

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.

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.

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 failed last year.

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 Carrozza voted against two-to-one public matching of campaign contributions.


HOW SOME ORGANIZATIONS RANKED ASSEMBLYMEMBER ANN MARGARET CARROZZA:

EMPIRE STATE PRIDE AGENDA

Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act

The Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act adds actual or perceived sexual orientation to the state's existing laws which prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, and credit on the basis of age, race, creed, color, national origin, sex, disability or marital status.

Pride Agenda's Position: SUPPORT
Ann Margaret Carrozza's Position: SUPPORT

Hate Crimes Act

The Hate Crimes Act enhances criminal penalties for a long list of crimes in which perpetrators intentionally select a target based on the victim's actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation. The Hate Crimes Act also requires the state to collect, analyze and annually report on data regarding hate crimes throughout the state.

Pride Agenda's Position: SUPPORT
Ann Margaret Carrozza's Position: SUPPORT

THE BUSINESS COUNCIL OF NEW YORK STATE

Comparable Worth Bill

This bill enacts the "New York State Fair Pay Act" which declares it unlawful to discriminate between employees of different sexes for work that is of comparable worth.

BC of NYS Position: OPPOSITION
Ann Margaret Carrozza's Position: SUPPORT

Act to Increase State Minimum Wage

This act amends the labor law, raising state minimum wage from $5.15 to $6.75 an hour as of January 1, 2003.

BC of NYS Position: OPPOSITION
Ann Margaret Carrozza's Position:SUPPORT

NEW YORK STATE AFL-CIO

Act to Amend the Retirement and Social Security Law regarding Age of Retirees

This act decreases the age at which public retirees may re-enter public employment without losing any of their benefits from 70 to 65.

AFL-CIO's Position: SUPPORT
Ann Margaret Carrozza's Position: SUPPORT

Act to Amend the Labor Law regarding Employer Responsibilities

This act stipulates that the failure to post a statement of wage rates and supplements at any job site shall be regarded as a misdemeanor and subject to a civil penalty. It requires maintenance of "sign-in" and "sign-out" sheets upon the request of the fiscal officer.

AFL-CIO's Position: SUPPORT
Ann Margaret Carrozza's Position: SUPPORT

FAMILY PLANNING ADVOCATES OF NEW YORK STATE

Emergency Contraception for Rape Survivors Act

This act requires hospitals to provide information on emergency contraception and, upon request of a rape survivor, to distribute emergency contraception to rape survivors during emergency treatment.

Family Planning Association of New York's Position: SUPPORT
Ann Margaret Carrozza's Position: SUPPORT

Contraceptive Coverage Equality Act

This act requires health and accident insurance policies that provide coverage for prescription drugs to cover the costs of contraceptives prescribed by a healthcare provider authorized to prescribe drugs according to the education laws.

Family Planning Association of New York's Position: SUPPORT
Ann Margaret Carrozza's Position: SUPPORT

Immigrant Healthcare Act

This measure allows aliens to receive medical assistance with less difficulty and calls for state reimbursement of certain medical assistance and family health plus costs incurred on behalf of certain aliens.

Family Planning Association of New York's Position: SUPPORT
Ann Margaret Carrozza's Position: SUPPORT

Eye On Albany 2002 is a guide to the races for the 91 seats of the New York State Legislature that represent residents of New York City.

Learn more about Eye On Albany

For a street map and demographic information about this district please click here

This website is brought to you by Citizens Union Foundation and is made possible by grants from
the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the New York Times Foundation and viewers like you.

bronx statenisland queens manhattan brooklyn