STATE RACES
STATE SENATE DISTRICT 28
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South and West Bronx, East Harlem, Roosevelt Island, parts of North Yorkville, Upper Washington Heights.

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

x-Olga A. Mendez (Dem) 27,689 - 95 percent
Felix Rosado (Wor) 1,099 - 4 percent
Agustin Alamo Estrada (Con) 360 - 1 percent

Candidates:

  • Augstin Alamo Estrada (Con)
  • Olga Mendez (Dem/Rep/Ind/Lib) Incumbent


BIOGRAPHIES

Augstin Alamo Estrada (Dem/Con) is a teacher. He graduated from Bronx Community College and Lehman College.

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Olga A. Mendez (Dem/Rep/Ind/Lib) is the first Puerto Rican woman elected to a State Legislature in the United States mainland. Senator Mendez is also the Puerto Rican public elected official, who regardless of gender has served the longest on a state legislature in the United States. Senator Mendez was first elected to the Senate in 1978, winning a special election with 89% of the vote. She has been reelected for eleven consecutive terms with consistently increasing margins. Born in the City of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Senator Mendez received her B.S. from the University of Puerto Rico. In 1960, she was awarded her Master's Degree in Psychology from the Teacher's College at Columbia University and in 1975 she successfully defended her Doctoral Dissertation in Educational Psychology from Yeshiva University.

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Felix Rosado (Dem) was born and raised in Spanish Harlem. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Syracuse University and a Master's in Business Administration from Columbia University. Rosado has been a member of the Board of Directors at Union Settlement Association for 24 years. He is a member of the Latino Advisory Committee on the Census. Rosado formerly served on Community School Board Four as well as Community Planning Board 11, where he was chair of the Health Committee.

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 Mendes was absent during the 1999 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 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 OLGA A. MENDEZ:

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
Olga A. Mendez'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
Olga A. Mendez's Position: NO VOTE

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
Olga A. Mendez'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
Olga A. Mendez's Position: SUPPORT


PRIMARY ELECTION - SEPTEMBER 10, 2002

Candidates:
  • Augstin Alamo Estrada (Con - Primary WInner)
  • Olga Mendez (Dem/Rep/Ind/Lib - Primary Winner) Incumbent
  • Felix Rosado (Dem - Dropped Out)

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