Gary Finch

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Gary Finch
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New York State Assembly District 126
Incumbent
In office
1999 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 15
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$172/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1998
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Assembly District 123
1999-2013
Education
Bachelor'sState University of New York Empire State College, 1989
Personal
ProfessionOwner/Chief Operating Officer, Brew-Finch Funeral Homes
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Gary D. Finch is a Republican member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 126. He was first elected to the chamber in 1998. He is currently serving as Assistant Minority Leader.

He previously represented District 123 in the Assembly from 1999 to 2013 and is a former Minority Whip. His political experience also includes being the deputy minority whip for the New York State Assembly; as well as mayor and trustee for the Village of Aurora.

Biography

Finch earned a degree from Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, New York and his B.S. in Public Administration and Political Theory from the State University of New York Empire State College.[1] His professional experience includes being the owner and chief operating officer of Brew-Finch Funeral Homes.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Finch served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture
Correction
Energy
Environmental Conservation
Insurance
Rules

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Finch served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Finch served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Finch's campaign website highlights the following issues:[2]

Education for a Global World

  • Excerpt: "Higher Standards: Gary wants our children learning new skills, asking new questions and mastering new technologies. Gary will challenge our children to strive for excellence."
  • Excerpt: "Fair Funding: Gary will work to reform New York State’s education funding formula to ensure that upstate schools receive their fair share of school aid. A child in Moravia deserves access to the same resources as a child from Manhattan."

Open for Business

  • Excerpt: "Hold manufacturing taxes at 0 percent: Gary wants CNY to attract entrepreneurs who produce the technologies of the future and offer good paying jobs that blossom into fulfilling careers."
  • Excerpt: "Cut Property Taxes: Gary wants to put a stop to the Assembly Democrats’ unfunded mandates that squeeze our local governments and drive up our property tax bills. Gary knows that our local businesses will hire more people if their fixed costs are lowered."

Women’s Equality

  • Excerpt: "Gary not only supports, but sponsors of all 9 Womens Equality Act bills previously passed by the state Senate. Equal pay for equal work has been the law of the land since 1963, and Gary Finch stands behind that. He knows that by passing the bills currently held up by Assembly Democrats that put an end to human trafficking, sexual harassment, and pay inequity, we can ensure all our sisters, mothers, and daughters receive the fair treatment they deserve."

SAFE Act

  • Excerpt: "Gary Finch is an ardent supporter of our right to bear arms. It’s why he was appalled when the SAFE Act was unleashed upon law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen. He voted against this unconstitutional measure and supports legislation repealing the onerous restrictions on gun owners, while ensuring that mental illness and wellness issues receive the proper attention and care they deserve."

Corruption

  • Excerpt: "Gary Finch entered public service to do what’s right, and make life better for the people in his community. Unfortunately, not everyone feels that way about being an official. Gary believes corrupt politicians who break the public trust deserve to lose not only their position, but their cushy, taxpayer-funded pension and go to prison. Gary supports the toughest ethics package in the entire state, a measure being blocked by Assembly Democrats more interested in themselves and their interests than in restoring good government and mending the broken public trust."

Elections

2014

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New York State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Diane M. Dwire was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Gary Finch was unopposed in the Republican primary. Dwire ran on the Working Families Party ticket and Finch ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Finch defeated Dwire in the general election.[3][4][5]

New York State Assembly, District 126 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Finch Incumbent 55.1% 23,323
     Democratic Diane M. Dwire 44.9% 19,019
Total Votes 42,342

2012

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Finch ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 126. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. He was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

New York State Assembly, District 126, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Finch Incumbent 100% 44,212
Total Votes 44,212

2010

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010

Finch ran unopposed in the September 14 Republican primary. He was unopposed in the general election on November 2.[9][10] In addition to his slot on the Republican Party ticket, he was also listed as a candidate of the Independence Party of New York State and the Conservative Party.

New York State Assembly, District 123 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gary Finch (R) 28,569

2008

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Finch won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 123, defeating opponent Barbara King (D).

Finch raised $92,717 for his campaign while King raised $8,786.[11]

New York State Assembly, District 123 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gary Finch (R) 29,456
Barbara King (D) 15,940

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gary Finch is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Gary Finch raised a total of $678,092 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 25, 2013.[12]

Gary Finch's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Assembly, District 126 Won $101,907
2010 New York State Assembly, District 123 Won $97,549
2008 New York State Assembly, District 123 Won $92,717
2006 New York State Assembly, District 123 Won $87,712
2004 New York State Assembly, District 123 Won $238,707
2002 New York State Assembly, District 123 Won $48,973
2000 New York State Assembly, District 123 Won $10,527
Grand Total Raised $678,092

2012

Gary Finch won re-election to the New York State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Gary Finch raised a total of $101,907.
New York State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Gary Finch's campaign in 2012
Blank$5,714
New York State Funeral Directors Association$4,000
New York State Correctional Officers$3,500
Governmental Affairs$2,500
UHAP Pac$2,500
Total Raised in 2012$101,907
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Finch received $97,549 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[13]

New York State Assembly 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Gary Finch's campaign in 2010
Blank$10,582
Upstate Shredding LLC$3,800
New York State Funeral Directors Association$3,800
New York State Correctional Officers$3,750
Sci Management LP$2,500
Total Raised in 2010 $97,549

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 200th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 9 to December 31. In 2014, the 200th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 8 to June 19, 2014. The legislature will be in recess from June 22 to January 6, 2015.[14]

  • Legislators are scored on their votes of bills that benefit or harm the environment.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes of bills that benefit or harm the environment.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 199th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 5 to June 20, 2011. In 2012, the 199th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 4 to June 22, 2012.

  • Legislators are scored on their voting records concerning library funding.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting records concerning library funding.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes of bills that benefit or harm the environment.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes of bills that benefit or harm the environment.

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Finch's endorsements include the following:[15]

  • Unshackle Upstate
  • Public Employees Federation (PEF)
  • National Federation of Independent Business in New York

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Gary Finch endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [16]

Personal

Finch and his wife, Marcia, have two children; Amy and Gregory.[17]

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Rep. Finch,” accessed August 1, 2014
  2. Gary Finch's campaign website, "Leading with Compassion," accessed October 10, 2014
  3. New York Board of Elections, "Certification for the September 9, 2014, State Primary Election," accessed December 17, 2014
  4. New York Board of Elections, "Primary results for September 9, 2014," accessed October 1, 2014
  5. New York Board of Elections, "NYS Board of Elections Assembly Election Returns November 4, 2014," accessed December 17, 2014
  6. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Candidate List for the September 13, 2012, State Primary Election," accessed July 31, 2014
  7. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official September 13, 2012, Primary Results," accessed July 31, 2014
  8. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official Assembly Election Returns Nov. 6, 2012," accessed July 31, 2014
  9. New York Times, "NY state legislative election results," accessed February 11, 2014
  10. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 14, 2010," accessed July 31, 2014
  11. Follow the Money, "Report on 2008 Campaign donations in New York," accessed August 1, 2014
  12. followthemoney.org, "Finch, Gary" accessed September 25, 2013
  13. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  14. State Scape, "Session Schedules," accessed July 16, 2014
  15. Gary Finch's campaign website, "Main page," accessed October 10, 2014
  16. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces New York Assembly Endorsements," December 9, 2011(Archived)
  17. Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Rep. Finch,” accessed August 1, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Donna Lupardo (D)
New York Assembly District 126
2013-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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New York Assembly District 123
1999–2013
Succeeded by
Donna Lupardo (D)