STATE RACES
ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 64
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Lower East Side

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

x-Sheldon Silver (Dem) 13,085 - 94 percent
Tara L. Meadows (Gre) 888 - 6 percent

Candidates:

  • James Chue
  • Tara Meadows (Gre)
  • Sheldon Silver (Dem) Incumbent


BIOGRAPHIES

Tara Meadows (Gre) is a body paint specialist and make-up artist who does work for magazines and photographers.

Assemblyman Sheldon Silver (Dem), first elected to the Assembly in 1976 and chosen as Speaker in February of1994, is a graduate of Yeshiva University and Brooklyn Law School. Prior to his election to the Assembly, Silver had a private law practice and served as a law secretary to Civil Court Judge Francis N. Pecora.

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 Commuter Tax: In 1999, when the State Legislature repealed the Commuter Tax, the city's economy was good.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


HOW SOME ORGANIZATIONS RANKED ASSEMBLYMEMBER SHELDON SILVER:

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
Sheldon Silver's Position: NO VOTE

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
Sheldon Silver'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
Sheldon Silver's Position: NO VOTE

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
Sheldon Silver's Position:NO VOTE

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
Sheldon Silver'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
Sheldon Silver's Position: NO VOTE

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
Sheldon Silver'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
Sheldon Silver'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
Sheldon Silver's Position: SUPPORT

July 15, 2002

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver accused Governor George E. Pataki Friday of damaging downtown recovery efforts by planning to send jobs out of the area. Silver, whose district includes the World Trade Center area, sent Pataki a toughly worded letter urging Pataki to rescind his plan to relocate 271 state workers from offices in Lower Manhattan to Harlem. (New York Post)

July 3, 2002

Yesterday, the New York State Assembly came up with $37 million in extra school aid to help every New York City classroom connect to the Internet. The money, which came out of a construction fund controlled by Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), was an addition to the $163 million state-budget increase allocated for city schools. (New York Post)

July 1, 2002

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver took exception yesterday to Governor George E. Pataki's plan to build a memorial at the World Trade Center site, saying that Pataki was too quick to make plans for a memorial. Silver says any plans for the site should be subject to public hearings and discussion. (New York Post)

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