STATE RACES
STATE SENATE DISTRICT 17
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Bushwick, Cypress Hills, parts of Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bedford- Stuyvesant, Brownsville, East New York.

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

x-Martin Malave Dilan╩(Dem) - 18,539 69 percent
Nellie R. Santiago╩(Dem) 8,352 - 31 percent

Candidates:

  • Martin Malave Dilan (Dem)
  • Nellie Santiago (Lib/Wor)


BIOGRAPHIES

Martin Malave-Dilan (Dem) served the New York City Council from 1991 until he was barred from seeking reelection last year by term limits. During his tenure as a councilmember, Malave-Dilan sat on the Committee on Housing and Buildings, the Committee on General Welfare and the Committee on Land Use. He also served on the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises.

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Senator Nellie Santiago (Lib/Wor) is the first Puerto Rican from Brooklyn to be elected to the New York State Senate. Santiago, first elected in 1992, earned her undergraduate degree from Hunter College, completed her graduate work at Columbia University and received her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. From 1984 to 1987, Santiago was an assistant bureau director of the New York State Department of Health in Albany. She sits on the New York State Senate Special Committee on the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Senate Banks Committee, as well as on the Regents Visiting Committee of the New York State Museum. Santiago also chairs the New York State Senate Democratic Conference╣s Policy Committee and was elected as a district leader in 1998.

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Raphael Sylvester (Rep/Con) was the Republican District Leader and was educated up to Form 4 in Trinidad and Tobago.

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.

In 1999 Senator Santiago 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 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 OTHER ORGANIZATIONS RANKED SENATOR NELLIE SANTIAGO:

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
Nellie Santiago'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
Nellie Santiago's Position: SUPPORT

THE BUSINESS COUNCIL OF NEW YORK STATE

Taxable Status of Nuclear-Powered Electrical Generating Facilities Act

This measure establishes that nuclear powered electric generating facilities must pay property tax.

BC of NYS Position: SUPPORT
Nellie Santiago's Position: SUPPORT


PRIMARY ELECTION - SEPTEMBER 10, 2002

Candidates:
  • Nellie Santiago (Lib/Wor) Incumbent
  • Martin Malave Dilan (Dem)
  • Raphael Sylvester (Rep/Con)

September 17, 2002

Former City Councilman Martin Malave-Dilan said experience, plus some help from his political friends, allowed him to snatch a Democratic Party nomination for state Senate from an incumbent of 10 years. In last Tuesday's primary, Malave-Dilan unseated Sen. Nellie Santiago, who represents Bushwick and Cypress Hills. Dilan got 5,150 votes to Santiago's 4,919. (New York Daily News)

August 15, 2002

Adding to the infighting among Brooklyn Democrats, Rep. Edolphus Towns endorsed former Councilman Martin Malave Dilan's bid to unseat State Sen. Nellie Santiago."The district has been somewhat neglected over the past several years, and Martin has demonstrated his commitment and love for the community," said Towns yesterday as he stood with Dilan and several other endorsers on the steps of City Hall. "I'm endorsing him enthusiastically." (New York Daily News)

August 1, 2002

In the 10 years since she was first elected to the State Senate, Nellie Santiago has never faced an election without a Democratic primary challenge. Still, Ms. Santiago, who represents Bushwick and Cypress Hills in Brooklyn, has typically won easily with wide margins over little-known opponents.Coasting to victory this year is shaping up to be a far more difficult matter for Ms. Santiago. She is opposed in the Sept. 10 primary by Martin Malavé-Dilán, a former city councilman who represented much of the area for 10 years before being forced out of office by the city's term-limit laws. (New York Times)

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