|New York State Senate District 55|
|January 1, 2013 - January 1, 2015|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|High school||Webster R.L. Thomas High School|
|J.D.||Syracuse University, 1982|
The New York Senate had 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.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, O'Brien served on the following committees:
|New York Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business|
|• Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation|
|• Local Government|
O'Brien's campaign website highlighted the following issues:
Delivering Upstate Tax Relief
- Excerpt: "Ted believes that for too long, Upstate families and businesses have struggled under the burden of high taxes that drive up the cost of living and stifle growth and innovation. That’s why Ted fought to secure $1.5 billion in property tax relief that will go directly to homeowners and small businesses, and introduced the Unfunded Mandate Reform Act to force Albany politicians to get serious about reducing mandated costs on local communities that drive up property taxes."
Creating Jobs in Our Community
- Excerpt: "Ted believes that creating new jobs in Monroe and Ontario Counties requires a three-pronged approach: investing in the innovation-based economy, supporting tourism in the Finger Lakes Region, and empowering our highly-skilled workforce to fill the jobs of the future."
Standing Up for Women’s Equality
- Excerpt: "Ted continues to be a leader in the fight to pass all 10 points of the Women’s Equality Act, and will not stop until women and men finally receive equal pay for equal work, women are better protected against sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, and New York law guarantees women control over their own reproductive health choices."
Improving Our Schools
- Excerpt: "As the father of two young daughters in public school, Ted knows how important it is to provide our children with a first-rate education. Ted successfully fought to increase our community’s school aid by over $77 million and expand access to pre-K in our community to over 700 high-need children. He has also been an outspoken critic of the flawed roll-out of the Common Core Curriculum, and helped pass key reforms this year that will curb excessive standardized testing and protect student privacy."
Cleaning Up Albany
- Excerpt: "Ted has worked tirelessly to fight corruption by advocating for term limits for politicians and passing tougher penalties for public officials who break the law. Ted has written a bill that would prevent politicians accused of corruption for using campaign funds to pay for their legal defense, and supports efforts to strip corrupt politicians of their taxpayer-funded pensions and increase transparency in our campaign finance system. As an Albany outsider, Ted is committed to finally giving New Yorkers the government they deserve."
O'Brien highlighted the following as his priorities:
- "End taxpayer subsidies for corporations that outsource jobs overseas."
- "Fight to lower property taxes so middle class families can afford to live in our communities."
- "Pass the New York Fair Pay Act so that women and men who do the same job receive the same pay."
- "Raise the minimum wage so that hardworking families have a better quality of life and more cash to spend in local businesses."
- "Provide incentives for small businesses that create good, local jobs."
- 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 55 in the Senate has been identified by Ballotpedia, Democrat & Chronicle and Lohud.com as a battleground district that could determine control of the New York State Senate. Incumbent Ted O'Brien (D) was defeated by Rich Funke (R) in the general election. In 2012, O'Brien won an open seat with a margin of victory of 4 percent. A Siena College poll in October showed O'Brien struggling against Funke. The poll showed Funke leading O'Brien, 57 percent to 32 percent. Funke is well known for his 30-year career as a TV reporter and anchor. O'Brien argued that the public knew Funke because of his television career, but not where he stood on the issues. Campaign finance reports filed in early October showed that Senate Republicans spent $171,000 on Funke's campaign. O'Brien was endorsed by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D) and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), while Funke was endorsed by the New York chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.
- See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012
O'Brien ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 55. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. O'Brien defeated Sean T. Hanna (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|New York State Senate, District 55, General Election, 2012|
Comprehensive donor information for Ted O'Brien is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Ted O'Brien raised a total of $545,640 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 23, 2013.
|Ted O'Brien's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||New York State Senate, District 55||$545,640|
|Grand Total Raised||$545,640|
2012Ted O'Brien won election to the New York State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Ted O'Brien raised a total of $545,640.
|New York State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Ted O'Brien's campaign in 2012|
|Democratic Senate Campaign Cmte of New York||$243,000|
|Rochester Regional Joint Board Unite Here!||$10,300|
|1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East||$10,300|
|New York State United Teachers||$10,300|
|Total Raised in 2012||$545,640|
|Source: Follow the Money|
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In 2013, the 200th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 9 to December 31. In 2014, the 200th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 8 to June 19, 2014.
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In 2014, O'Brien's endorsements included the following:
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- Profile from Open States
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- Biography from Project Vote Smart
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- Campaign contributions: 2012
- Ted O'Brien's campaign website, "Issues," accessed October 8, 2014
- New York Board of Elections, "Certification for the September 9, 2014, State Primary Election," accessed December 17, 2014
- New York Board of Elections, "Primary results for September 9, 2014," accessed October 1, 2014
- New York Board of Elections, "NYS Board of Elections Senate Election Returns November 4, 2014," accessed December 17, 2014
- lohud.com, "Hudson Valley Senate races will shape New York's future," accessed October 24, 2014
- Democrat & Chronicle, "A few Senate races will shape NY’s agenda," accessed October 24, 2014
- Democrat & Chronicle, "RBA backs Democratic Sen. O'Brien," accessed October 24, 2014
- Democrat & Chronicle, "Schumer endorses O'Brien; builders back Funke," accessed October 24, 2014
- Democrat & Chronicle, "Cuomo endorses O'Brien for state Senate," accessed October 24, 2014
- State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Candidate List for the September 13, 2012, State Primary Election," accessed July 31, 2014
- State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official September 13, 2012, Primary Results," accessed July 31, 2014
- State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official Senate Election Returns Nov. 6, 2012," accessed July 31, 2014
- followthemoney.org, "O'Brien, Ted," accessed September 23, 2013
- State Scape, "Session Schedules," accessed July 16, 2014
- Ted O'Brien's campaign website, "Endorsements," accessed October 8, 2014
James Alesi (R)
|New York Senate District 55
2013–January 1, 2015
| Succeeded by|
Rich Funke (R)