New York State Assembly District 63

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New York State Assembly District 63
Current incumbentMichael Cusick Democratic Party
Race62.5% White, 7.5% Black, 12.5% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 15.5% Hispanic, 1.6% Multi, 0.3% Other
Ethnicity84.5% Non-Hispanic, 15.5% Hispanic
Voting age77.6% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
New York's sixty-third state assembly district is represented by Democratic Representative Michael Cusick.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 125,373 civilians reside within New York's sixty-third state assembly district.[1] New York state assembly members represent an average of 129,187 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 126,510 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the New York State Assembly serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. New York legislators assume office January 1st.


Article 3, Section 7 of the New York Constitution states: No person shall serve as a member of the legislature unless he or she is a citizen of the United States and has been a resident of the state of New York for five years, and, except as hereinafter otherwise prescribed, of the assembly or senate district for the twelve months immediately preceding his or her election; if elected a senator or member of assembly at the first election next ensuing after a readjustment or alteration of the senate or assembly districts becomes effective, a person, to be eligible to serve as such, must have been a resident of the county in which the senate or assembly district is contained for the twelve months immediately preceding his or her election. No member of the legislature shall, during the time for which he or she was elected, receive any civil appointment from the governor, the governor and the senate, the legislature or from any city government, to an office which shall have been created, or the emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time.


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the New York Legislature are paid $79,500/year and per diem of $61/half day and $171/full day. Per diem varies and is tied to the federal rate.[4]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat. An election can be held as long the vacancy happened before April 1st in an election year.[5] The person elected to fill the vacant seat serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.[6]



See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Elections for the office of New York State Assembly consisted of a primary election on September 13, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 12, 2012. Incumbent Michael Cusick (D) defeated Samuel T. Pirozzolo (R) in the general election. Cusick -- who also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets -- was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Pirozzolo was unopposed in the Republican primary.[7][8][9]

New York State Assembly, District 63, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Cusick Incumbent 66.1% 25,294
     Republican Samuel T. Pirozzolo 33.9% 12,977
Total Votes 38,271

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for New York State Assembly District 63 have raised a total of $891,762. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $59,451 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, New York State Assembly District 63
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $221,780 2 $110,890
2010 $163,258 2 $81,629
2008 $141,587 2 $70,794
2006 $66,191 2 $33,096
2004 $95,198 2 $47,599
2002 $159,333 3 $53,111
2000 $44,415 2 $22,208
Total $891,762 15 $59,451

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