Addie Russell

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Addie Russell
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New York State Assembly District 116
Incumbent
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 6
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$172/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Assembly District 118
2009-2013
Education
Bachelor'sPolitical Science, University at Albany, 2000
J.D.Syracuse University College of Law, 2003
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Addie J. Russell is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 116. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

She previously represented District 118 in the Assembly from 2009 to 2013. Russell also served as a legislator for the Jefferson County Board.

Biography

Russell earned her B.A. in political science from the University at Albany, her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and a certificate in family law and social policy from Syracuse University College of Law.[1] Her professional experience includes being an attorney with Conboy, McKay, Bachman and Kendall, Limited Liability Partnership; an intern for Ronald Klain and New York State Assemblyman Marin Luster; and chief of staff for Vice President Al Gore.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Russell served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture
Corporations, Authorities and Commissions
Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry
Energy
Local Governments
Veterans' Affairs

2013-2014

In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Russell served on the following committees:

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Russell served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Russell served on the following committees:

Issues

Pension sweeteners

On February 13, 2013, New York legislators introduced eight bills to "sweeten" government employee pensions. The nonpartisan Citizens Budget Commission released a chart of these bills and their costs, totaling $1.311 billion for the state government and $46 million for local governments. Russell sponsored one of these eight.[2] E.J. McMahon of the pro-market Empire State Center for New York Policy criticized the bills but placed major responsibility for them on Governor Andrew Cuomo, who in 2012 raised the possibility of better pension deals if the economy improved.[3] The New York Daily News published an editorial against the bills on February 21, denouncing the proposals as examples of "incorrigible recklessness with the public’s money."[4]

  • Assembly Bill 4981, sponsored by Peter Abbate, Russell and Phillip G. Steck, would give New York teachers who retired before 1980 a minimum annual payment of $550 for each year of full-time credited service. This would cost the local governments contributing to the New York State Teachers' Retirement System (NYSTRS) $1 million annually.[5]

Elections

2014

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New York State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Incumbent Addie Russell was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while John Byrne, III defeated John S. Humphrey in the Republican primary. Russell J. Finley ran on the Conservative Party ticket. Russell ran on the Working Families Party ticket and Byrne ran on the Independence Party of New York State ticket. Russell defeated Byrne and Finley in the general election.[6][7][8]

New York State Assembly, District 116 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAddie Russell Incumbent 47.7% 14,667
     Republican John Byrne, III 47.4% 14,572
     Conservative Russell J. Finley 5% 1,529
Total Votes 30,768
New York State Assembly, District 116 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Byrne, III 69.2% 2,475
John S. Humphrey 30.8% 1,103
Total Votes 3,578

2012

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Russell ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 116. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. She also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. She was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[9][10][11]

New York State Assembly, District 116, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAddie Russell Incumbent 100% 33,329
Total Votes 33,329

2010

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010

Russell ran unopposed in the September 14 Democratic primary. She defeated David Forsythe (R) in the general election on November 2. In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, she was also listed as a candidate of the Working Families Party.

New York State Assembly, District 118 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Addie Russell (D) 18,341
David Forsythe (R) 14,809

2008

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Russell won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 118, defeating opponent Robert Cantwell (R).

Russell raised $278,800 for her campaign while Cantwell raised $80,136.[12]

New York State Assembly, District 118 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Addie Russell (D) 24,843
Robert Cantwell (R) 17,423

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Russell is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Russell raised a total of $488,873 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 11, 2015.[13]

Addie Russell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 New York State Assembly, District 116 Won $92,805
2012 New York State Assembly, District 116 Won $25,914
2010 New York State Assembly, District 118 Won $91,354
2008 New York State Assembly, District 118 Won $278,800
Grand Total Raised $488,873

2014

Russell won re-election to the New York State Assembly in 2014. During that election cycle, Russell raised a total of $92,805.
New York State Assembly 2014 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Addie Russell's campaign in 2014
New York Democratic Assembly Campaign Cmte$15,000
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers / Ibew$7,000
Civil Service Employees Local 1000$4,500
New York State Trial Lawyers Association$4,100
New York State United Teachers$4,100
Total Raised in 2014$92,805
Source: Follow the Money

2012

Russell won re-election to the New York State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Russell raised a total of $25,914.

2010

In 2010, Russell received $91,354 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[14]

Scorecards

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2013-2014

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.[15]

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2011-2012

In 2011, the 199th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 5 to June 20, 2011. In 2012, the 199th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 4 to June 22, 2012.

  • Legislators are scored on their voting records concerning library funding.
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  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
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Personal

Russell and her husband, James, have one child; Aaron.[16]

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Rep. Russell,” accessed August 1, 2014
  2. Citizens Budget Commission, "A Busy Day in Albany," February 20, 2013
  3. Empire State Center for New York Policy, "Pension follies continue," February 21, 2013
  4. New York Daily News, "More, more, always more," February 21, 2013
  5. Bill summary for NY Assembly Bill 4981, accessed March 12, 2013
  6. New York Board of Elections, "Certification for the September 9, 2014, State Primary Election," accessed December 17, 2014
  7. New York Board of Elections, "Primary results for September 9, 2014," accessed October 1, 2014
  8. New York Board of Elections, "NYS Board of Elections Assembly Election Returns November 4, 2014," accessed December 17, 2014
  9. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Candidate List for the September 13, 2012, State Primary Election," accessed July 31, 2014
  10. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official September 13, 2012, Primary Results," accessed July 31, 2014
  11. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official Assembly Election Returns Nov. 6, 2012," accessed July 31, 2014
  12. Follow the Money, "Report on 2008 Campaign donations in New York," accessed August 1, 2014
  13. Follow the Money, "Contributions to Russell, Addie," accessed May 11, 2015
  14. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  15. State Scape, "Session Schedules," accessed July 16, 2014
  16. Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Rep. Russell,” accessed August 1, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Anthony Brindisi (D)
New York Assembly District 116
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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New York Assembly District 118
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Marc Butler (R)