STATE RACES
ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 57
ABOUT EYE ON ALBANY

Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, Flatbush, parts of Park Slope, Bedford-Stuyvesant.

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

x-Roger L. Green (Dem) 16,670 96 percent
Rick Ocasio (Rep) 649 - 4 percent

Candidates:

  • Roger L. Green (Dem/Wor) Incumbent
  • Rick Ocasio (Rep)


BIOGRAPHIES

Assemblyman Roger L. Green (Dem) was first elected to office on January 1981. Green, who graduated from Southern Illinois University, serves as chairman of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican and Hispanic Legislative Caucus. He also chairs the New York State Committee on Children and Families, co-chair of the Joint Budget Conference Sub-Committee on Human Services and is a member of the Committee on Banks; Codes; Labor; and Ways and Means.


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 Commuter Tax: In 1999, when the State Legislature repealed the Commuter Tax, the city's economy was good.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


HOW SOME ORGANIZATIONS RANKED ASSEMBLYMEMBER ROGER L. GREEN:

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
Roger L. Green'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
Roger L. Green'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
Roger L. Green'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
Roger L. Green'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
Roger L. Green'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
Roger L. Green'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
Roger L. Green'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
Roger L. Green's Position: SUPPORT

Immigrant Healthcare Act

This measure allows to 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
Roger L. Green's Position: SUPPORT


PRIMARY ELECTION - SEPTEMBER 10, 2002

Candidates:
  • Roger L. Green (Dem/Wor - Primary Winner) Incumbent
  • Hakeem Jeffries (Dem)
  • Rick Ocasio (Rep)

BIOGRAPHIES

Assemblyman Roger L. Green (Dem) was first elected to office on January 1981. Green, who graduated from Southern Illinois University, serves as chairman of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican and Hispanic Legislative Caucus. He also chairs the New York State Committee on Children and Families, co-chair of the Joint Budget Conference Sub-Committee on Human Services and is a member of the Committee on Banks; Codes; Labor; and Ways and Means.

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Hakeem Jeffries (Dem), a lawyer, was born and raised in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. Jeffries graduated from SUNY Binghamton, received a Master's degree in public policy from Georgetown University and in 1997 received his Juris Doctorate degree, magna cum laude, at New York University's School of Law. Jeffries is the founder and chairman of the Brooklyn Freedom Democratic Association, a local civic and political organization formed in January 2001. He also serves as a member of the 77th Precinct Community Council, and is a board member of the Lakeside Family and Children's Services, the Brooklyn Boys and Girls Club and a chairperson of the Board of Directors of the New York Diagnostic Center, a social service agency that serves the Crown Heights Community. Jeffries is also the chairperson of the Committee for Legal and Social Progress, a volunteer organization of young attorneys committed to neighborhood improvement in Central Brooklyn.


August 27, 2002

Come election time, most candidates want the cops on their side, but in a Brooklyn Assembly race, incumbent Roger Green is being blasted for his blue wall of support. (Daily News)

July 22, 2002

Two years ago, State Assemblyman Roger Green survived a strong challenge from Hakeem Jeffries, a lawyer, who managed to win 41 percent of the vote in the primary, an unusually impressive showing for a political novice running against one of the Assembly's long-serving and most influential members. In the two years since that race, Mr. Jeffries, 31, has devoted a great deal of energy to organizing and preparing for this year's primary. (New York Times)

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