New York State Senate District 63
|New York State Senate District 63|
|Current incumbent||Timothy M. Kennedy|
|Race||56.24% White, 32.48% Black, 2.33% Asian, 0.40% American Indian, 6.51% Hispanic, 0.02% Hawaiian, 1.86% Multi, 0.16% Other|
|Ethnicity||93.49% Non-Hispanic, 6.51% Hispanic|
|Voting age||77.8% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 292,562 civilians reside within New York's sixty-third state senate district. New York state senators represent an average of 312,550 residents, as of the 2010 Census. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 306,072 residents.
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
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 Timothy M. Kennedy defeated Betty Jean Grant in the Democratic primary, while Ricky Donovan, Sr. was unopposed in the Republican primary. Dennis Nawojski was removed from the ballot before the Democratic primary. Kennedy is also running on the Working Families Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Donovan is also running on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Kennedy and Donovan will face off in the general election.
|New York State Senate, District 63 Democratic Primary, 2014|
|Timothy M. Kennedy Incumbent||60.2%||16,660|
|Betty Jean Grant||39.8%||10,997|
|New York State Senate, District 63 Independence Primary, 2014|
|Timothy M. Kennedy Incumbent||65.1%||287|
|Ricky Donovan, Sr.||34.9%||154|
- 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 Timothy M. Kennedy (D) was unopposed in the general election and defeated Betty Jean Grant in the Democratic primary. He also ran on the Working Families Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets.
|New York State Senate, District 63, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Timothy M. Kennedy Incumbent||100%||82,458|
|New York State Senate, District 63 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Timothy Kennedy Incumbent||50.3%||11,587|
|Betty Jean Grant||49.7%||11,431|
Since 2012, candidates for New York State Senate District 63 have raised a total of $961,339. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $480,670 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, New York State Senate District 63|
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