New York State Senate elections, 2014

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New York State Senate elections, 2014

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State Legislative Election Results

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Elections for the office of New York State Senate will consist of a primary election on September 9, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014.

The New York State Senate is one of 20 state legislative chambers noted by Ballotpedia staff as being a battleground chamber. The New York Senate has a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of three seats, which amounts to 4.8 percent of the chamber. In 2012, a total of nine districts were competitive or mildly competitive. There were eight districts where the margin of victory was 5 percent or less in the 2012 elections. Additionally, District 37 had a margin of victory of 8 percent.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party holds the majority in the New York State Senate:

New York State Senate
Party As of July 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 32 Pending
     Republican Party 29 Pending
     Vacancy 2 Pending
Total 63 63

Qualifications

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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.

Context

A Ballotpedia analysis of partisan balance between 1992 and 2013 shows that in the state Senate the Democratic Party was the majority in the New York State Senate for two years while the Republicans were the majority for 20 years. In the House, the Democratic Party was the majority in the New York House of Representatives for 22 years while the Republicans were never the majority.

With the margin in the State Senate coming down to three seats, New York's upper chamber is hotly contested, especially by the state's Democratic Party. Currently, the state senate is held by the Republicans with the aid of breakaway Senate Democrats known as the Independent Democratic Conference. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (running for re-election) expressed interest in campaigning against Senate Republicans during the fall election season in an attempt to win the upper chamber back for the Democrats and to clear a pathway for his public policy initiatives, which includes public campaign finance among other issues.[1] Among legislators running for re-election, several unresolved issues from the state Senate's previous sessions are expected to return as crucial election issues in the campaign. Such issues include a minimum wage increase, medical marijuana, heroin regulation, education tax credits, and women's rights legislation.[2]

Much attention has been drawn to the group of breakaway Democrats, the Independent Democratic Conference, which has allowed the Senate Republicans to take control of the chamber in an unusual coalition, even though New York Democrats won a majority of seats in the 2012 election.[3] In the upcoming primaries, there are expected to be plenty of challenges against members of the Independent Democratic Conference in a fight to re-take the state Senate. The head of the New York Senate Democrats' campaign arm, State Senator Michael Gianaris, said in an interview, "There is a big list of issues New Yorkers voted to see enacted two years ago, and this strange arrangement in the state Senate has held up priorities such as the minimum wage, women's issues, fixing state government and a long list of others."[3]

On June 25, 2014, the Independent Democratic Conference announced that it planned to ally with the Democratic Party and potentially tip control of the chamber to the Democrats after November 2014. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was implicated as a crucial player in the deal to reunite the breakaway faction with the mainstream Democrats in the State Senate. The move was also endorsed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said that there were "progressive goals that we have yet to achieve and that we must accomplish next January." The alliance between the two factions will also depend on preventing the Republican Party from capturing enough seats to retake control of the chamber.[4]

List of candidates

Note: Until the filing deadline passes and the state releases a candidate list, names are added to this page on the basis of news references, candidate submissions, or email contact with Ballotpedia's editors. Once an official list is released, the list below will be fully populated. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you are aware of a candidate we've missed, please send an email to: Tyler King.

District 1

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • Kenneth LaValle- Incumbent LaValle was first elected to the chamber in 1976.
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District 2

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • John J. Flanagan- Incumbent Flanagan was first elected to the chamber in 2002.
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District 3

Note: Incumbent Lee Zeldin (R) is not running for re-election.

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District 4

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • Philip Boyle- Incumbent Boyle was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
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District 5

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 6

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • Kemp Hannon- Incumbent Hannon was first elected to the chamber in 1989.
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District 7

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • Jack Martins- Incumbent Martins was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
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District 8

Note: This seat is currently vacant.

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 9

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • Dean Skelos- Incumbent Skelos was first elected to the chamber in 1984.
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District 10

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
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District 11

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
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Green Party September 9 Green Party primary:
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District 12

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Michael Gianaris- Incumbent Gianaris was first elected to the chamber in 2010. In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, Gianaris is also running on the Working Families Party ticket.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
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District 13

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Jose Peralta- Incumbent Peralta was first elected to the chamber in a special election in 2010. In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, Peralta is also running on the Working Families Party ticket.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
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District 14

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
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District 15

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Joseph Addabbo- Incumbent Addabbo was first elected to the chamber in 2008. In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, Addabbo is also running on the Working Families Party ticket.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
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District 16

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
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District 17

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Simcha Felder- Incumbent Felder was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
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District 18

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
Working Families Party September 9 Working Families Party primary:
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District 19

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 20

Note: This seat is currently vacant.

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
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District 21

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Kevin Parker- Incumbent Parker was first elected to the chamber in 2002. In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, Parker is also running on the Working Families Party ticket.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Conservative Party September 9 Conservative primary:
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District 22

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • Martin Golden- Incumbent Golden was first elected to the chamber in 2002.
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District 23

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Diane Savino- Incumbent Savino was first elected to the chamber in 2004.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:

District 24

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 25

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 26

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Daniel Squadron- Incumbent Squadron was first elected to the chamber in 2008. In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, Squadron is also running on the Working Families Party ticket.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Working Families Party September 9 Working Families Party primary:
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District 27

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Brad M. Hoylman- Incumbent Hoylman was first elected to the chamber in 2012. In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, Hoylman is also running on the Working Families Party ticket.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
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District 28

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 29

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Jose M. Serrano- Incumbent Serrano was first elected to the chamber in 2004. In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, Serrano is also running on the Working Families Party ticket.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
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District 30

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 31

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 32

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Conservative Party September 9 Conservative primary:
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District 33

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 34

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 35

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 36

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 37

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • George Latimer- Incumbent Latimer was first elected to the chamber in 2012. In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, Latimer is also running on the Working Families Party ticket.
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District 38

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 39

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 40

Note: Incumbent Greg Ball (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 41

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Terry W. Gipson- Incumbent Gipson was first elected to the chamber in 2012. In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, Gipson is also running on the Working Families Party ticket.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
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District 42

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
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District 43

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 44

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
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District 45

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
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District 46

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Cecilia Tkaczyk- Incumbent Tkaczyk was first elected to the chamber in 2012. In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, Tkaczyk is also running on the Working Families Party ticket.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
Independence Party of America September 9 Independence primary:
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District 47

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
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District 48

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
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District 49

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 50

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
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District 51

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
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District 52

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
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District 53

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
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District 54

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
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District 55

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Ted O'Brien- Incumbent O'Brien was first elected to the chamber in 2012. In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, O'Brien is also running on the Working Families Party ticket.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
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District 56

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
  • Joseph Robach- Incumbent Robach was first elected to the chamber in 2002. In addition to running on the Republican ticket, Robach is also running on the Conservative Party ticket.
November 4 General election candidates:

District 57

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
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District 58

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
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District 59

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
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District 60

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
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Conservative Party September 9 Conservative primary:
Independence Party of America September 9 Independence primary:
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District 61

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
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District 62

Note: Incumbent George Maziarz (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party September 9 Republican primary candidates:
Conservative Party September 13 Conservative primary:
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District 63

Democratic Party September 9 Democratic primary candidates:
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Conservative Party September 9 Conservative primary:
Independence Party of America September 9 Independence primary:
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