Harvey Weisenberg

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Harvey Weisenberg
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New York State Assembly District 20
Incumbent
In office
1989 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 25
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$172/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedFebruary 1989
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sNew York University, 1958
Master'sHofstra University, 1962
OtherLong Island University Charles William Post Campus
Personal
Birthday12/31/1933
Place of birthBronx, NY
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Harvey Weisenberg (b. December 31, 1933) is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 20. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election in February 1989. He is currently serving as Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore.

Weisenberg is not running for re-election in 2014.[1]

Weisenberg's political experience includes deputy majority whip for the New York State Assembly; as well as president and member of the Long Beach City Council.

Biography

Weisenberg attended Niagara University and earned his B.S. from New York University, his M.S. from Hofstra University and his P.D.A. from Long Island University Charles William Post Campus.[2] His professional experience includes being a school administrator and teacher for East Meadow Schools and a police officer for the City of Long Beach.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Banks
Correction
Education
Environmental Conservation
Mental Health
Transportation

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Pension sweeteners

On February 13, 2013, New York legislators introduced eight bills to "sweeten" government employee pensions. The nonpartisan Citizens Budget Commission released a chart of these bills and their costs, totaling $1.311 billion for the state government and $46 million for local governments. Weisenberg sponsored two of these eight.[3] E.J. McMahon of the pro-market Empire State Center for New York Policy criticized the bills but placed major responsibility for them on Governor Andrew Cuomo, who in 2012 raised the possibility of better pension deals if the economy improved.[4] The New York Daily News published an editorial against the bills on February 21, denouncing the proposals as examples of "incorrigible recklessness with the public’s money."[5]

  • Assembly Bill 4920, sponsored by Abbate, Colton, Cook, Michael Cusick, Steven Englebrightand Weisenberg, would allow Tier I and II employees of the New York State and Local Employees' Retirement System (NYSLERS) and the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System (NYSLPFRS) to include up to 30 days of unused vacation time in the final average salary calculation for their pension benefits. This would cost the state government an estimated $110 million and local governments an estimated $45 million.[7]

Elections

2012

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Weisenberg ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 20. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Working Families Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. He defeated David J. Sussman in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[8][9][10]

New York State Assembly, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHarvey Weisenberg Incumbent 56% 21,730
     Republican David J. Sussman 44% 17,091
Total Votes 38,821

2010

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010

Weisenberg defeated Jeffrey Toback in the September 14 Democratic primary. He defeated Joshua Wanderer (R) in the general election on November 2.[11][12] In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, he was also listed as a candidate of the Independence Party of New York State and Working Families Party.

New York State Assembly, District 20 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Harvey Weisenberg (D) 20,029
Joshua Wanderer (R) 17,902

2008

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Weisenberg won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 20, defeating opponent Michael McGinty (R).[13][14]

Weisenberg raised $129,131 for his campaign while McGinty raised $1,200.[15]

New York State Assembly, District 20 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Harvey Weisenberg (D) 34,803
Michael Mcginty (R) 17,435

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Harvey Weisenberg is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Harvey Weisenberg raised a total of $913,279 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 24, 2013.[16]

Harvey Weisenberg's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Assembly, District 20 Won $69,624
2010 New York State Assembly, District 20 Won $149,153
2008 New York State Assembly, District 20 Won $129,131
2006 New York State Assembly, District 20 Won $129,720
2004 New York State Assembly, District 20 Won $158,445
2002 New York State Assembly, District 20 Won $132,446
2000 New York State Assembly, District 20 Won $75,130
1998 New York State Assembly, District 20 Won $69,630
Grand Total Raised $913,279

2012

Harvey Weisenberg won re-election to the New York State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Harvey Weisenberg raised a total of $69,624.
New York State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Harvey Weisenberg's campaign in 2012
Mack, Sondra$4,100
New York State United Teachers$4,100
Mack, David S$4,100
Heneghan, Kevin J$4,000
Manhattan Beer Distributors$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$69,624
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Weisenberg received $149,153 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[17]

New York State Assembly 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Harvey Weisenberg's campaign in 2010
Mack, David S$11,400
Mack, Sondra$11,400
New York State United Teachers$7,600
Fire Marshall Benevolent Association of Nassau County$4,300
Damato, Alfonse M$3,000
Total Raised in 2010 $149,153

2008

In 2008, a year in which Weisenberg was up for re-election, he collected $129,131 in donations.[18]

Donor Amount
David Mack $3,500
New York State Laborers $3,200
New York State United Teachers $2,960
Fire Marshall Benevolent Association of Nassau County $2,880

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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.[19]

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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.

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Personal

Weisenberg and his wife, Ellen, have five children; Julie, Russell, Gregg, Vicki and Ricky.

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References

  1. CBS New York, "Long Island Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg Set To Retire," April 28, 2014
  2. Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Rep. Weisenberg,” accessed August 1, 2014
  3. Citizens Budget Commission, "A Busy Day in Albany," February 20, 2013
  4. Empire State Center for New York Policy, "Pension follies continue," February 21, 2013
  5. New York Daily News, "More, more, always more," February 21, 2013
  6. New York State Assembly, "Bill summary for NY Assembly Bill 4914," accessed March 12, 2013
  7. New York State Assembly, "Bill summary for NY Assembly Bill 4920," accessed March 12, 2013
  8. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Candidate List for the September 13, 2012, State Primary Election," accessed July 31, 2014
  9. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official September 13, 2012, Primary Results," accessed July 31, 2014
  10. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official Assembly Election Returns Nov. 6, 2012," accessed July 31, 2014
  11. New York Times, "NY state legislative election results," accessed February 11, 2014
  12. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 14, 2010," accessed July 31, 2014
  13. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 9, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  14. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Assembly Election Returns November 4, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  15. Follow the Money, "Report on 2008 Campaign donations in New York," accessed August 1, 2014
  16. followthemoney.org, "Weisenberg, Harvey" accessed September 24, 2013
  17. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  18. Follow the Money, "2008 contributions to Harvey Weisenberg,” accessed August 1, 2014
  19. State Scape, "Session Schedules," accessed July 16, 2014
Political offices
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New York Assembly District 20
1989–present
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