New York State Senate District 34

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New York State Senate District 34
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Current incumbentJeffrey Klein Democratic Party
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
New York's thirty-fourth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Jeffrey Klein.

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 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. Incumbent Jeffrey Klein defeated G. Oliver Koppell in the Democratic primary, while Aleksander Mici was unopposed in the Republican primary. Frank Dellavalle is running on the Conservative Party ticket and Carl Lundgren is running as a Green Party candidate. Klein is also running on the Independence Party of New York State and Women's Equality Party tickets. Klein, Mici, Dellavalle and Lundgren will face off in the general election.[7][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 Jeffrey Klein (D) defeated Elizabeth Perri (C) and Carl Lundgren (G) in the general election. Klein ran unopposed in the Democratic and Republican primaries on September 13, 2012, as well as on the Working Families Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets.[9][10][11]

New York State Senate, District 34, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJeffrey Klein Incumbent 93.8% 80,421
     Conservative Elizabeth Perri 4.6% 3,940
     Green Carl Lundgren 1.6% 1,348
Total Votes 85,709

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for New York State Senate District 34 have raised a total of $11,586,182. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $609,799 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, New York State Senate District 34
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $1,297,364 3 $432,455
2010 $1,911,244 2 $955,622
2008 $1,815,653 2 $907,827
2006 $1,246,315 2 $623,158
2004 $3,409,597 4 $852,399
2002 $813,424 2 $406,712
2000 $1,092,585 4 $273,146
Total $11,586,182 19 $609,799

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