New York State Senate District 41
|New York State Senate District 41|
|Current incumbent||Susan J. Serino|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
About the office
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.
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.
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. The person elected to fill the vacant seat serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.
- See also: New York State Senate elections, 2014
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 Lohud.com 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.
- 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. 
|New York State Senate, District 41, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Terry W. Gipson||43.8%||53,562|
|Republican||Stephen Saland Incumbent||42.1%||51,466|
|Conservative||Neil A. DiCarlo||14.1%||17,300|
|New York State Senate, District 41 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Stephen Saland Incumbent||50.5%||5,288|
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|
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