STATE RACES
ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 85
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Bronx River, Harding Park, Clason Point, Hunts Point and Soundview.

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

x-Ruben Diaz (Dem) 9,357 - 93 percent
William Newmark (Rep) 756 - 7 percent

Candidates:

  • Ruben Diaz (Dem) Incumbent
  • William Newmark (Rep/Con)


BIOGRAPHIES

Assemblyman Ruben Diaz, Jr., (Dem), represents the 75th Assembly District of Bronx County, including the neighborhoods of Bronx River, Harding Park, Clason Point, Hunts Point and Soundview.

Mr. Diaz, a lifelong resident of the Bronx, was born on April 26, 1973. Matriculated from La Guardia Community College CUNY, he is, at present, obtaining a degree in philosophy and political theory from Lehman College.

Assemblyman Diaz is a member of the New York State Assembly's Standing Committees on Children and Families, Cities, Correction, Education, Environmental Conservation, Governmental Operations, and Housing. He is also a member of the New York State Assembly/Senate Puerto Rican and Hispanic Task Force. In addition, Assemblyman Diaz was recently appointed chairman of the Assembly's Critical Transportation Choices Commission.

William Newmark (Rep/Con) is a self employed political consultant. He is a high school graduate and ran for Assembly previously in 2000.


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 Commuter Tax: In 1999, when the State Legislature repealed the Commuter Tax, the city's economy was good.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

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