New York State Senate District 19

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New York State Senate District 19
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Current incumbentJohn L. Sampson Democratic Party
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
New York's nineteenth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator John L. Sampson.

New York state senators represent an average of 312,550 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 306,072 residents.[2]

About the office

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

Qualifications

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.

Salaries

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.[3]

Pension

Some legislators in New York are able to begin collecting a state pension while still serving in office and also receiving their normal salary. Under state law, if a lawmaker took office prior to 1995, they are eligible to begin collecting an annual pension once they turn 65. Those who took office after 1994 are not able to collect a pension while still in office. As of 2011, Rep. Herman Farrell (D) was the highest-paid state legislator, collecting his $113,500 salary as well as a pension of $81,619.[4]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, 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]

Elections

2014

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New York State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Incumbent John L. Sampson defeated Dell Smitherman, Elias J. Weir and Sean K. Henry in the Democratic primary, while Evelin Lausell was unopposed in the Republican primary. Leon B. Miles (D) was removed from the ballot before the primary election. Weir ran on the Conservative Party ticket and Smitherman ran on the Working Families Party ticket. Lausell was not listed on the general election candidate list. Sampson defeated Weir (C) and Smitherman (WF) in the general election.[7][8][9]

New York State Senate District 19, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn L. Sampson Incumbent 75.9% 29,741
     None Blank 11.7% 4,583
     Conservative Elias J. Weir 7.2% 2,816
     Working Families Dell Smitherman 5.1% 1,993
     None Scattering 0.1% 28
Total Votes 39,161

2012

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of New York State Senate 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 John L. Sampson (D) defeated Jane Neal (R) and Elias J. Weir (C) in the general election. Sampson -- who also ran on the Working Families Party ticket -- was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Neal and Weir were both unopposed in the September 13 primary elections.[10][11][12]

New York State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn L. Sampson Incumbent 90.4% 78,974
     Republican Jane Neal 8.3% 7,226
     Conservative Elias J. Weir 1.4% 1,196
Total Votes 87,396

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for New York State Senate District 19 have raised a total of $3,649,705. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $243,314 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, New York State Senate District 19
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $530,700 3 $176,900
2010 $2,555,145 2 $1,277,573
2008 $198,435 2 $99,218
2006 $47,925 2 $23,963
2004 $106,715 3 $35,572
2002 $122,270 2 $61,135
2000 $88,515 1 $88,515
Total $3,649,705 15 $243,314

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