STATE RACES
ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 74
ABOUT EYE ON ALBANY

East side of Manhattan.

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

x-Steven Sanders (Dem) 19,349 - 75 percent
Christopher B. Spuches (Rep) 5,352 - 21 percent
Penny Arcade (Gre) 1,047 - 4 percent

Candidates:

  • Penny Arcade (Gre)
  • Steven Sanders (Dem/Wor/Lib) Incumbent
  • Christopher Spuches (Rep/Ind)


BIOGRAPHIES

Penny Arcade (Gre) is a performance artist.

Assemblyman Steven Sanders (Dem), chairman of the Committee on Education, was first elected to the Assembly in 1978 and represents a district on Manhattan's East Side. Sanders, a lifelong resident of New York City, graduated from City College in 1973 with a degree in government. From 1993-1994, Sanders served as chairman of the Committee on Mental Health and, from 1989-92, was chairman of the Committee on Governmental Operations.

Christopher Spuches (Rep/Ind) is a lawyer and a nightclub doorman.

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 Commuter Tax: In 1999, when the State Legislature repealed the Commuter Tax, the city's economy was good.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


HOW SOME ORGANIZATIONS RANKED ASSEMBLYMEMBER STEVEN SANDERS:

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
Steven Sanders'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
Steven Sanders'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
Steven Sanders'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
Steven Sanders'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
Steven Sanders'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
Steven Sanders'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
Steven Sanders'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
Steven Sanders'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
Steven Sanders's Position: SUPPORT


PRIMARY ELECTION - SEPTEMBER 10, 2002

Candidates:
  • Penny Arcade (Gre)
  • Mildred Martinez
  • Steven Sanders (Dem/Wor/Lib) Incumbent
  • Christopher Spuches (Rep/Ind)

BIOGRAPHIES

Penny Arcade (Gre) is a performance artist.

Assemblyman Steven Sanders (Dem), chairman of the Committee on Education, was first elected to the Assembly in 1978 and represents a district on Manhattan's East Side. Sanders, a lifelong resident of New York City, graduated from City College in 1973 with a degree in government. From 1993-1994, Sanders served as chairman of the Committee on Mental Health and, from 1989-92, was chairman of the Committee on Governmental Operations.

Christopher Spuches (Rep/Ind) is a lawyer and a nightclub doorman.

August 21, 2002

An influential state lawmaker yesterday charged that Mayor Bloomberg's planned overhaul of special education violates a new state law. "The attempt to circumvent the deal we made in the school-governance law shows bad judgment and bad faith," said Assemblyman Steven Sanders (D-Manhattan), chairman of the Assembly's Education Committee. (New York Post)

August 13, 2002

A powerful lawmaker is proposing a sweeping package of reforms to try to turn around New York state's troubled middle schools. "Obviously there's a crisis in the middle schools when you look at the test results," said Assembly Education Committee Chairman Steve Sanders (D-Manhattan). (New York Post)

July 13, 2002

A 32-year-old doorman who was trying to take on a veteran state lawmaker in an East Side Democratic primary was ousted yesterday from the party. After a hearing, a four-member jury of Democratic district leaders unanimously voted to boot Christopher Spuches, thwarting his bid against Assemblyman Steve Sanders. (New York Post)

July 12, 2002

Manhattan Democrats are moving to boot one of their own out of the party - a 32-year-old doorman at a hot nightclub who's challenging a veteran state lawmaker. Chris Spuches is facing political excommunication from Democrats who are trying to thwart his bid against influential East Side Assemblyman Steve Sanders. Spuches was notified this week by Manhattan Democratic boss Timothy Gay that a hearing has been set for today to consider nixing his party membership because of Spuches' critical remarks about the party. (New York Post)

July 2, 2002

Concerned about recent controversies over spiraling dropout rates and tough state graduating standards, state lawmakers are planning a series of hearings this fall. New York State Assembly Education Committee Chairman Steven Sanders (D-Manhattan) said that with dropout rates rising, there have been enough questions raised over the direction of the state's education system to warrant a legislative review. (New York Post)

 

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