STATE RACES
ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 43
ABOUT EYE ON ALBANY

Crown Heights, Flatbush.

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

x-Clarence Norman (Dem) 13,664 - 91 percent
Leona Williams (Rep) 679 - 5 percent
Sandra E. Roper (Ind) 655 - 4 percent

Candidates:

  • Clarence Norman (Dem/Wor) Incumbent
  • Sandra E. Roper (Ind)
  • Leona Williams (Rep)


BIOGRAPHIES

Assemblyman Clarence Norman, Jr. (Dem/Wor), has served as an assemblyman since his election in 1982. Norman's formative education was completed in the New York City public school system. He is a graduate of Howard University and St. John's Law School. Norman currently serves as the New York State Assembly's Assistant Speaker. He is also chairman of the Assembly Task Force on the Homeless, and the Subcommittee on Civil Rights.

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Sandra Roper (Dem) is a civil rights attorney who has worked for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Roper was a candidate in the race for Brooklyn District Attorney in November of 2001.

Leona Williams (Rep) is retired. She has a degree from the College of New Rochelle.

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 Norman 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 Commuter Tax: In 1999, when the State Legislature repealed the Commuter Tax, the city's economy was good.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 Norman 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 Norman 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 Norman voted in favor of two-to-one public matching of campaign contributions.


HOW SOME ORGANIZATIONS RANKED ASSEMBLYMEMBER CLARENCE NORMAN:

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
Clarence Norman'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
Clarence Norman's Position: NO VOTE

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
Clarence Norman'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
Clarence Norman'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
Clarence Norman's Position: NO VOTE

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
Clarence Norman'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
Clarence Norman'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
Clarence Norman'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
Clarence Norman's Position: SUPPORT


PRIMARY ELECTION - SEPTEMBER 10, 2002

Candidates:
  • Clarence Norman (Dem/Wor - Primary Winer) Incumbent
  • Sandra Roper (Dem)
  • Leona Williams (Rep)

September 23, 2002

To hear officials of the Brooklyn Democratic organization tell it, Primary Day turned out none too shabbily. They point to the resounding victory of the party's leader, Assemblyman Clarence Norman Jr., and they point to the ease with which some party-backed incumbents glided to victory, despite challenges from well-organized insurgents. (New York Times)

The power wielded by Brooklyn's Democratic Party bosses to select judges has been spelled out in an unusually candid letter by a party official.The note, sent this year to Civil Court Judge Margarita Lopez Torres, made clear she had no chance of moving up to state Supreme Court - unless she was backed by Assemblyman Clarence Norman, the county party leader. (Daily News)

September 9, 2002

Brooklyn Democratic Party chief Clarence Norman may have more than just his Assembly seat riding on Tuesday's primary vote. Rocked by scandals and bungled political maneuvers, the Kings County Democratic Party leadership faces opposition that would have been unthinkable in past years. Critics of the once-mighty machine say they smell blood in the water and hope to translate a handful of upsets into a full-blown coup. (Daily News)

August 7, 2002

Dawn had barely come yesterday, and Assemblyman Clarence Norman Jr. was already perched at the entrance to the Kingston Avenue subway station on Eastern Parkway. Impeccably dressed in a dark blue suit, Mr. Norman, the Democratic Party leader of Brooklyn and a 20-year incumbent, insisted that his re-election battle was a difficult one that demanded nearly 24-hour vigilance. (New York Times)

August 5, 2002

With a mounting charge of insurgent candidates forcing Brooklyn's entrenched Democratic leadership on campaign trail, Sandra Roper who has bone to pick with the county party is taking on its top dog, Clarence Norman. (The Brooklyn Paper)

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