Michelle Schimel

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Michelle Schimel
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New York State Assembly District 16
Incumbent
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$172/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedMarch 2007
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Pennsylvania
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Michelle Schimel is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 16. She was first elected to the chamber in a special election in March 2007.

Schimel's political experience also includes registered municipal town clerk for the City of North Hempstead.

Biography

Schimel earned her B.A. from University of Pennsylvania.[1] Her professional experience includes being a former vice president of a jewelry company and a physical therapist at North Shore University Hospital.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Schimel served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Environmental Conservation
Governmental Operations
Local Governments
Transportation
Veterans' Affairs

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Schimel's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Creating Jobs & Growing Business

  • Excerpt: "A former small business owner, Michelle has targeted resources to economic development programs that invest in our workforce and spur business growth. She has successfully fought to provide tax credits and low-cost energy to small businesses, and has helped create thousands of jobs through the New York Works Program."

Delivering Tax Relief

  • Excerpt: "Due to Michelle’s efforts, New Yorkers are now paying the lowest income tax rate in 58 years. A sponsor of the tax reform law, Michelle cut income taxes for 99 percent of New Yorkers. She has also provided tax relief to struggling manufacturers and small businesses as well as to public and private schools."

Providing Mandate Relief to Schools & Municipalities

  • Excerpt: "To help ease the fiscal challenges faced by localities, Michelle has sponsored legislation to relieve local governments and school districts from costly state mandates. Her Lever Voting Machine Legislation allows school districts, villages, and special districts to continue to use lever machines. Her bill was signed into law by Governor Cuomo in August. According to the New York State School Boards Association, this law will save school districts $81 million dollars annually. This legislation was endorsed by the New York Conference of Mayors, Nassau County Village Officials Association, New York State Fire Districts Association, and New York State School Boards Association."

Ensuring Quality Education

  • Excerpt: "Michelle is fighting for our fair share of school aid, having secured $805 million in additional state aid to public schools. She knows that the 16th Assembly District expects top quality education without additional hikes in local property taxes. Michelle fought cuts in the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for college students, secured new funding for Nassau Community College, and supported legislation that invests in the SUNY/ CUNY system."

Fighting for Anti-Crime Initiatives

  • Excerpt: "She has worked with public safety advocates and state leadership to make the NY SAFE Act the strongest bill in the nation."
  • Excerpt: "Michelle continues to advocate for sensible anti-crime initiatives, such as her microstamping bill, and the new DNA databank expansion law. She has also helped advance legislation that will help crack down on prescription drug abuse."

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 Michelle Schimel was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Douglas Lee was unopposed in the Republican primary. Schimel ran on the Working Families Party, Women's Equality Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets and Lee ran on the Conservative Party ticket. Schimel defeated Lee in the general election.[3][4][5]

New York State Assembly, District 16 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle Schimel Incumbent 60.4% 18,427
     Republican Douglas Lee 39.6% 12,089
Total Votes 30,516

2012

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Schimel ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 16. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. She also ran on the Working Families Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. She defeated Richard E. Stiek in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

New York State Assembly, District 16, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle Schimel Incumbent 61.2% 29,206
     Republican Richard E. Stiek 38.8% 18,487
Total Votes 47,693

2010

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010

Schimel ran unopposed in the September 14 Democratic primary. She defeated Scott Diamond (R) in the general election on November 2.[9][10] In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, she was also listed as a candidate of the Independence Party of New York State and Working Families Party.

New York State Assembly, District 16 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michelle Schimel (D) 23,384
Scott Diamond (R) 16,748

2008

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Schimel won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 16, defeating opponent Matthew Mitchell (R).[11][12]

Schimel raised $125,821 for his campaign while Mitchell raised $18,609.[13]

New York State Assembly, District 16 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michelle Schimel (D) 34,555
Matthew Mitchell (R) 19,961

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Michelle Schimel is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Michelle Schimel raised a total of $456,654 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 24, 2013.[14]

Michelle Schimel's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Assembly, District 16 Won $190,307
2010 New York State Assembly, District 16 Won $140,526
2008 New York State Assembly, District 16 Won $125,821
Grand Total Raised $456,654

2012

Michelle Schimel won re-election to the New York State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Michelle Schimel raised a total of $190,307.
New York State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michelle Schimel's campaign in 2012
Reid, Frances B$8,000
Adelson, Andrew S$7,100
Adelson, Nancy L$7,100
Silverstein, Stanley$5,500
Ska Marin$4,350
Total Raised in 2012$190,307
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Schimel received $140,526 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[15]

New York State Assembly 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michelle Schimel's campaign in 2010
Adelson, Andrew$3,800
1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East$3,800
Bloomberg, Michael R$3,800
Adelson, Nancy$3,800
Were Associates Inc$3,500
Total Raised in 2010 $140,526

2008

In 2008, a year in which Schimel was up for re-election, she collected $125,821 in donations.[16]

Donor Amount
Nassau County Democratic Committee $4,200
Andrew Adelson $3,800
Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee $3,800
Nancy Adelson $3,800
1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East 3,800

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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. The legislature will be in recess from June 22 to January 6, 2015.[17]

  • Legislators are scored on their votes of bills that benefit or harm the environment.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes of bills that benefit or harm the environment.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

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.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting records concerning library funding.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes of bills that benefit or harm the environment.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes of bills that benefit or harm the environment.

Personal

Schimel and her husband, Mark, have two children; Alex and Spencer.

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Rep. Schimel,” accessed August 1, 2014
  2. Michelle Schimel's campaign website, "Issues," accessed October 8, 2014
  3. New York Board of Elections, "Certification for the September 9, 2014, State Primary Election," accessed December 17, 2014
  4. New York Board of Elections, "Primary results for September 9, 2014," accessed October 1, 2014
  5. New York Board of Elections, "NYS Board of Elections Assembly Election Returns November 4, 2014," accessed December 17, 2014
  6. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Candidate List for the September 13, 2012, State Primary Election," accessed July 31, 2014
  7. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official September 13, 2012, Primary Results," accessed July 31, 2014
  8. State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official Assembly Election Returns Nov. 6, 2012," accessed July 31, 2014
  9. New York Times, "NY state legislative election results," accessed February 11, 2014
  10. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 14, 2010," accessed July 31, 2014
  11. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Primary results from September 9, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  12. New York State Board of Elections, "Official Assembly Election Returns November 4, 2008," accessed July 31, 2014
  13. Follow the Money, "Report on 2008 Campaign donations in New York," accessed August 1, 2014
  14. followthemoney.org, "Schimel, Michelle" accessed September 24, 2013
  15. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  16. Follow the Money, "2008 contributions to Michelle Schimel,” accessed August 1, 2014
  17. State Scape, "Session Schedules," accessed July 16, 2014
Political offices
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New York Assembly District 16
2007–present
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