New York State Assembly District 97
|New York State Assembly District 97|
|Current incumbent||Ellen Jaffee|
|Race||75.9% White, 6.3% Black, 2.6% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 13.2% Hispanic, 1.5% Multi, 0.2% Other|
|Ethnicity||86.8% Non-Hispanic, 13.2% Hispanic|
|Voting age||70.7% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 144,514 civilians reside within New York's ninety-seventh state assembly district. New York state assembly members represent an average of 129,187 residents, as of the 2010 Census. After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 126,510 residents.
About the office
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.
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. The person elected to fill the vacant seat serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.
- 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 Ellen Jaffee (D) defeated Joseph T. Gravagna (R) in the general election. Jaffee -- who also ran on the Working Families Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets -- was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Gravagna was unopposed in the Republican primary; he also ran on the Independence Party of New York State and Conservative Party tickets.
|New York State Assembly, District 97, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Ellen Jaffee Incumbent||65.2%||29,546|
|Republican||Joseph T. Gravagna||34.8%||15,801|
Since 2000, candidates for New York State Assembly District 97 have raised a total of $1,011,766. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $63,235 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, New York State Assembly District 97|
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- NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
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- New York Legislature, "New York State Public Officers Law," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Statute § 38)
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