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NY State Senate District 19

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Sean Henry (D)

John Sampson (D)

Dell Smitherman (D, WF)

Elias Weir (D, C)

Evelin Laussell (D, R)       


Henry (D)

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Sean Henry (D)

Campaign Website
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Endorsements

Currently: Consultant, Hudson Guild

Previous Work: Director of Homelessness Prevention Services & Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Homeless Services; Program Manager, NYC Department of Homeless Services; 863rd Reserve Engineer Battalion, U.S. Army

Education: MPA, New York University; BA, Southern Illinois University


On the Issues

*Research Ongoing

*Research ongoing


Endorsements

Organizations: Lambda Independent Democrats (LID)

Individuals: Regina Powell, Community Activist 

Sampson (D)

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John Sampson (D)

Website - Official Senator's Page
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On the Issues

Endorsements

Record in Office

Currently: NY State Senator for the 19th District

Previous Work: Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society of New York

Education: BA, Brooklyn College-CUNY; JD, Albany Law School


On the Issues

*Research Ongoing

*Research ongoing


Endorsements

Organizations: Brooklyn Democratic Party

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Record in Office

NYS Senate Committee Assignments:

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Smitherman (D, WF)

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Dell Smitherman (D, WF)

Campaign Website
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On the Issues

Endorsements

Currently: Political Coordinator, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

Previous Work: Staff Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of New York

Education: Queens College-CUNY


On the Issues

*Research Ongoing

*Research ongoing


Endorsements

Organizations: Working Families Party; 1199SEIU; Brooklyn Young Democrats; CWA District 1; UAW Region 9A; United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500; Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union; DC9 Painters; The Met Council on Housing; Local 46 Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Iron Workers; Teamsters Joint Council 16; 32BJ SEIU; Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC; Amsterdam News; Empire State Pride Agenda; Citizens Union; NY Daily News

Individuals: NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo; NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio; NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer

Weir (D, C)

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Elias Weir (D, C)

Campaign Website
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Currently: Acting President, Canarsie by Choice; Member of South Canarsie Civic Association; Advisor, Canarise Bridges Advisory Council; President, Canarsie Civic Association

Previous Work: Local #3 I.B.E.W. Union Representative; Auxiliary Police Officer; PTA President

Education: BA, New York Institute of Technology; Additional studies at Baruch College and Pace University


On the Issues

*Source for Elias Weir's issue stances: Gotham Gazette Questionnaire

Civil Rights↓


Would vote yes on the full, ten-point Women's Equality Agenda.

Economy↓


Supports a statewide minimum wage at $15.
Stated that municipalities such as NYC should not be able to set their own minimum wage.

Education↓


Supports implementing Common Core state standards with changes.
Supports maintaining the cap on charter schools.
Stated that government should not pay for location of charter schools in private space or for co-locations of charter schools in public school buildings.
Supports statewide universal pre-kindergarten.

Environment↓


Opposes hydrofracking in NYS.
Stated that municipalities should not decide, via zoning processes, whether hydrofracking occurs in their jurisdiction.

Good Government↓


Supports reducing individual campaign contribution limits.
Supports instituting a public-matching campaign-financing systems statewide.
Stated that Governor Cuomo should not have dissolved the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption.
Supports implementing the following reform measures to increase voter participation and reduce barriers to voting:

  • Same day voter registration,
  • Early voting,
  • No-excuse absentee ballots,
  • Reforming special elections,
  • Instant runoff voting.

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Supports reforming the Scaffold Law from absolute liability to comparative negligence.
Supports reforming the Urstadt Law.


Immigration↓


Would vote yes on the DREAM Act.
Opposes non-citizen voting.
Opposes drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants.

Policing and Criminal Justice↓


Supports broken windows policing.
Supports the legalization of marijuana.


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Laussell (R)

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Evelin Laussell (R)

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On the Issues

*Research Ongoing

*Research ongoing


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Candidates' statements taken from their respective websites and press releases, unless otherwise noted.