New York State Senate District 20

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New York State Senate District 20
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Current incumbentVacant
Population302,990
Race26.1% White, 49.5% Black, 6.4% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 15.3% Hispanic, 2.0% Multi, 0.5% Other
Ethnicity84.7% Non-Hispanic, 15.3% Hispanic
Voting age78% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
New York's twentieth state senate district is currently vacant.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 302,990 civilians reside within New York's twentieth state senate district.[1] New York state senators represent an average of 312,550 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 306,072 residents.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6] The person elected to fill the vacant seat serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.[7]

Elections

2014

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New York State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place September 9, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Jesse Hamilton defeated Rubain Dorancy and Guillermo Philpotts in the Democratic primary, while Menachem Raitport was unopposed in the Conservative primary. Hamilton and Raitport will face off in the general election.[8]

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 Eric Adams (D) defeated Rose Laney (R) and Brian Kelly (C) in the general election. Adams -- who also ran on the Working Families Party ticket -- was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Laney and Kelly were both unopposed in the September 13 primary elections.[9][10][11]

New York State Senate, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEric Adams Incumbent 95.7% 81,110
     Republican Rose Laney 3.2% 2,683
     Conservative Brian Kelly 1.1% 938
Total Votes 84,731

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for New York State Senate District 20 have raised a total of $1,707,438. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $100,438 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, New York State Senate District 20
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $128,615 3 $42,872
2010 $767,358 2 $383,679
2008 $148,878 2 $74,439
2006 $259,355 2 $129,678
2004 $171,551 2 $85,776
2002 $170,548 2 $85,274
2000 $61,133 4 $15,283
Total $1,707,438 17 $100,438

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