STATE RACES
STATE SENATE DISTRICT 25
ABOUT EYE ON ALBANY

Williamsburg, Sunset Park, Navy Yard, Lower Manhattan.

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

x-Martin Connor (Dem) 31,450 - 80 percent
Hyman Silverglad (Rep) 6,848 - 17 percent
Andres Tirado (Lib) 1,132 - 3 percent

Candidates:

  • Martin Connor (Dem) Incumbent
  • Hyman Silverglad (Rep)
  • Kenn Schaeffer
  • Andres Tirado


BIOGRAPHIES

Senator Martin Connor (Dem), first elected in 1978, is the Democratic Minority Leader of the New York State Senate. Connor earned his undergraduate degree from Catholic University in 1967 and, in 1970, received his law degree from the Catholic University School of Law. As a senator, Connor has been an advocate of campaign finance reform and rent control.

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Hyman Silverglad (Rep) is a practicing attorney in Manhattan. He has Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Brooklyn College, as well as a Law Degree from Brooklyn Law School. He has been a Republican District Leader since 1998 and is a former candidate for State Assembly, Civil Court Judge and School Board.

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 Commuter Tax: In 1999, when the State Legislature repealed the Commuter Tax, the city's economy was good.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 Connor 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 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 MARTIN CONNOR:

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
Martin Connor'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
Martin Connor'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
Martin Connor's Position: SUPPORT

Plumbing Standards

This measure creates a new article in labor laws by providing standards for plumbing materials and makes certain plumbing and piping provisions of the state uniform fire prevention and building code.

BC of NYS Position: OPPOSITION
Martin Connor's Position: SUPPORT

August 6, 2002

With his own party divided over the primary in the governor's race, powerful state Sen. Martin Connor (D-Brooklyn Heights) is trying to get a prominent conservative on the November ballot. Connor, a lawyer who is considered an expert on election law, has been hired by self-financed gubernatorial hopeful Tom Golisano to help get Golisano on the ballot. Golisano, a multimillionaire owner of a payroll company, covets the nominations of the Independence and Conservative parties and also hopes to create a new ballot line for himself. (New York Daily News)

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