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New York State Senate District 41

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New York State Senate District 41
Current incumbentSusan J. Serino Republican Party
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
New York's forty-first state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Susan J. Serino.

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.


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.[3]


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]


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]



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 Terry W. Gipson was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Susan J. Serino was unopposed in the Republican primary. Gipson ran on the Working Families Party, Green Party and Tax Relief Now Party tickets. Serino ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Gipson was defeated by Serino in the general election.[7][8][9]

The New York State Senate was a battleground chamber that Ballotpedia identified as having the opportunity to switch partisan control in 2014. The New York Senate had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of three seats, or 4.8 percent of the chamber. District 41 in the Senate was identified by Ballotpedia, Democrat & Chronicle and as a battleground district that could determine control of the New York State Senate. In a traditionally Republican district, incumbent Terry W. Gipson (D) was defeated by Dutchess County legislator Susan J. Serino (R) in the general election. In 2012, Gipson defeated incumbent Stephen Saland (R) by a margin of victory of 2 percent. In a Siena College poll taken in October, Serino led Sen. Gipson, 52 percent to 40 percent.[10][11]

New York State Senate District 41, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSusan J. Serino 50.8% 42,267
     Democratic Terry W. Gipson Incumbent 46.4% 38,625
     None Blank 2.7% 2,221
     None Scattering 0.1% 74
     None Void 0% 13
Total Votes 83,200


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. Terry W. Gipson (D) defeated incumbent Stephen M. Saland (R) in the general election. Gipson -- who also ran on the Working Families Party ticket -- was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Saland ran and defeated Neil A. DiCarlo in the Republican primary. [12][13]

New York State Senate, District 41, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTerry W. Gipson 43.8% 53,562
     Republican Stephen Saland Incumbent 42.1% 51,466
     Conservative Neil A. DiCarlo 14.1% 17,300
Total Votes 122,328
New York State Senate, District 41 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Saland Incumbent 50.5% 5,288
Neil DiCarlo 49.5% 5,181
Total Votes 10,469

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for New York State Senate District 41 have raised a total of $4,000,242. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $266,683 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, New York State Senate District 41
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $1,293,063 3 $431,021
2010 $868,422 2 $434,211
2008 $570,169 2 $285,085
2006 $446,770 2 $223,385
2004 $298,729 2 $149,365
2002 $264,716 2 $132,358
2000 $258,373 2 $129,187
Total $4,000,242 15 $266,683

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