STATE RACES
ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 61
ABOUT EYE ON ALBANY

Westerleigh, Mariners Harbor, Port Richmond, West New Brighton, Livingston, New Brighton, Randall Manor, St. George, Stapleton, Tompkinsville.

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

x-John W. Lavelle (Dem) 10,718 - 57 percent
Terry Player (Rep) 8,142 - 43 percent

Candidates:

  • John W. Lavelle (Dem) Incumbent
  • Terry Player (Rep)


BIOGRAPHIES

Assemblyman John W. Lavelle (Dem) is a member of the New York State Assembly's Committee on Education, Mental Health, Social Services, Transportation and Veterans' Affairs. In 1993, Lavelle was appointed to the New York State Charter Commission for the City of Staten Island and, in 1999, was elected to serve as chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party. Lavelle also spent over 20 years serving on the Community Advisory Board for the Sisters of Charity Health Care System at St. Vincent's Medical Center and has served as vice chair of the Camelot Counseling Center's Board of Directors.

Terry Player (Rep) is the chief executive officer of North American Data, a business and commercial printing firm. Mr. Player received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Alabama A & M University in 1969. In 1997, he ran for New York City Council in the 49th district.

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 Commuter Tax: In 1999, when the State Legislature repealed the Commuter Tax, the city's economy was good.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 would receive public funds for their political campaigns.


HOW SOME ORGANIZATIONS RANKED ASSEMBLYMEMBER JOHN W. LAVELLE:

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
John W. Lavelle'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
John W. Lavelle'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
John W. Lavelle'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
John W. Lavelle'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
John W. Lavelle'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
John W. Lavelle'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
John W. Lavelle'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
John W. Lavelle'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
John W. Lavelle's Position: SUPPORT

October 22, 2002

The road to Albany won't be easy for Terry Player, a Republican challenger in the 61st District. The North Shore is Staten Island's Democratic stronghold. And even if he gets elected, it might not get any easier. In the state Assembly, where Democrats outnumber Republicans 97 to 52 and run the house, Republican-sponsored bills rarely come up for a vote, let alone pass. When "member items" -- state grants distributed to community groups at the request of legislators -- are handed out, Assembly Democrats get significantly more money than Assembly Republicans. That did not deter Player from trying to knock of Democrat incumbent John Lavelle, who is also Staten Island's Democratic chairman. (Staten Island Advance)

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