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New York State Senate District 36

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New York State Senate District 36
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Current incumbentRuth Hassell-Thompson Democratic Party
Population328,256
Race3.1% White, 59.6% Black, 1.2% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 33.7% Hispanic, 1.4% Multi, 0.7% Other
Ethnicity66.3% Non-Hispanic, 33.7% Hispanic
Voting age73.3% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
New York's thirty-sixth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 328,256 civilians reside within New York's thirty-sixth 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. Incumbent Ruth Hassell-Thompson defeated Crystal Collins in the Democratic primary, while Robert Diamond was unopposed in the Republican primary. Collins is also running on the Independence Party of New York State ticket and Diamond is also running on the Conservative Party ticket. Hassell-Thompson, Diamond and Collins (IND) 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 Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D) defeated Robert L. Diamond (C) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the September 13 primary elections.[9][10][11]

New York State Senate, District 36, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRuth Hassell-Thompson Incumbent 97.7% 86,733
     Conservative Robert Diamond 2.3% 2,020
Total Votes 88,753

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for New York State Senate District 36 have raised a total of $753,861. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $44,345 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, New York State Senate District 36
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $151,859 2 $75,930
2010 $312,103 2 $156,052
2008 $68,845 2 $34,423
2006 $33,895 3 $11,298
2004 $85,571 3 $28,524
2002 $73,402 3 $24,467
2000 $28,186 2 $14,093
Total $753,861 17 $44,345

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