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New York State Senate elections, 2012

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New York State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
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New York State Senate2012 New York House Elections
Elections for the office of New York State Senate were held in New York on November 6, 2012. A total of 63 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was July 12, 2012. The primary election day was September 13, 2012.

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the New York State Senate:

New York State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 29 33
     Republican Party 33 30
Total 62 63


Incumbents retiring

Name Party Current Office
Owen H. Johnson Ends.png Republican Senate District 4
James Alesi Ends.png Republican Senate District 55

Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in New York in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2012 156 $42,031,242
2010 133 $48,466,031
2008 142 $47,019,720
2006 118 $34,814,138
2004 132 $30,017,313
2002 142 $24,443,377
2000 152 $20,970,241

During the 2012 election, the total contributions to the 156 Senate candidates was $42,031,242. The top 10 contributors were:[2]

2012 Donors, New York State Senate
Donor Amount
New York State Senate Republican Campaign Cmte $1,673,200
Senate Republican Campaign Cmte of New York $1,471,625
Messer, John $583,745
New York State Trial Lawyers $506,574
New York State United Teachers $452,490
1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East $414,400
Democratic Senate Campaign Cmte of New York $413,000
New York State Republican Campaign Cmte $406,000
New York State Republican Party $395,000
Simcha Ny $353,454

Qualifications

This is a map of the state senate districts of New York before and after the 2010 redistricting. An interactive map is available by clicking on the image, where you can zoom in on districts down to the street level.
This is a map of the state senate districts near New York City before and after the 2010 redistricting. An interactive map is available by clicking on the image, where you can zoom in on districts down to the street level.

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.

Map of New York Senate Districts with less than 10% party registration differential before and after the 2010 redistricting. A total of 22 legislative districts meet the criteria after 2010.

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in New York

New York's redistricting process following the 2010 census was tumultuous at the best of times. The state's growth rate was at 2.19%, well below the national rate of 9.7%.[3] The task of redistricting falls to a six person advisory commission known as the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR). Once they draw up maps, it is up to the full legislature whether to pass them or not.

Prior to the November 2010 elections, a majority of legislators signed a pledge by the activist group NY Uprising, stating that they would support nonpartisan redistricting reform. When the time came to actually implement that pledge, however, most of those who signed ignored the pledge, allowing the process to proceed as usual. LATFOR released proposed maps on January 26, 2012, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) called unacceptable and threaten to veto. Included in the map was an additional 63rd Senate seat, upsetting Democrats who argued the move was unconstitutional. In late March, revised proposals were issued, along with a constitutional amendment that would set up a new bipartisan commission on redistricting following the next census in 2020.[4]

Cuomo ultimately accepted the maps in exchange for the passage of the constitutional amendment. Democrats challenged the 63rd seat in court but their lawsuit was rejected for not offering proof that it was unconstitutional.

In New York, there are 22 state senate districts where the partisan registration of Democratic and Republican voters was less than 10 percentage points apart. These districts would be considered "competitive" when looked at strictly with respect to vote party affiliation. The 22 districts in New York were Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 24, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 47, 50, 52, 55, 57, 59, 61 and 62.

List of candidates

New York is one of eight states that have "electoral fusion" -- which allows more than one political party to support a common candidate. This creates a situation where one candidate will appear multiple times on the same ballot, for the same position. Electoral fusion was once widespread across the United States, but is now commonly practiced only in New York.[5]

Opponents of fusion voting argue that the process results in dealmaking to ensure that patronage is rampant.[6] Proponents maintain that fusion voting allows for minor parties to actually make a difference during the election, allowing voters the opportunity to vote for a minority party platform but still affect the general election result.[7]

For the purposes of maintaining uniform listings of candidates across the country, the candidates will be labeled according to the primary party with which they registered. If a candidate also files under a minority party, that party will be listed next to that candidate's name.

Note: Candidates file with either the New York State Board of Elections, New York City Board of Elections, or their county board of elections. Due to this, an initial full list was not available until 32 days after candidates filed.

District 1

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bridget M. Fleming 51,023
Republican Party Kenneth P. LaValle 75,783 Green check mark transparent.png

District 2

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Errol D. Toulon, Jr. 38,322
Republican Party John J. Flanagan 79,784 Green check mark transparent.png

District 3

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Francis T. Genco 41,139
Republican Party Lee M. Zeldin 51,920 Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

Note: Incumbent Owen H. Johnson (R) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ricardo Montano 48,951
Republican Party Philip M. Boyle 54,312 Green check mark transparent.png

District 5

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David B. Wright 49,528
Republican Party Carl L. Marcellino 73,824 Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ryan E. Cronin 54,382
Republican Party Kemp Hannon 58,843 Green check mark transparent.png

District 7

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Daniel S. Ross 53,987
Republican Party Jack M. Martins 58,039 Green check mark transparent.png

District 8

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Carol A. Gordon 47,317
Republican Party Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. 68,677 Green check mark transparent.png

District 9

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Thomas H. Feffer 44,646
Republican Party Dean G. Skelos 68,816 Green check mark transparent.png

District 10

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party James Sanders, Jr. 67,474 Green check mark transparent.png


District 11

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tony Avella 64,775 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Joseph R. Concannon 23,550

District 12

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael N. Gianaris 61,843 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Tony A. Arcabascio 9,775

District 13

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jose R. Peralta 49,893 Green check mark transparent.png


District 14

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Malcolm A. Smith 86,417 Green check mark transparent.png


District 15

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:
Independence Party of America September 13 Independence primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. 42,187 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Eric A. Ulrich 31,036

District 16

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Toby Ann Stavisky 43,979 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party J.D. Kim 13,506

District 17

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:
  • David Storobin Approveda - Incumbent Storobin first assumed office in 2012. In addition to running on the Republican ticket, Storobin is running on the Conservative Party ticket.
Conservative Party September 13 Conservative Party primary:
  • David Storobin: 98 - Incumbent Storobin first assumed office in 2012. In addition to running on the Conservative Party ticket, Storobin is running on the Republican ticket.
  • Simcha Felder (write-in): 113 Approveda

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Simcha Felder 39,266 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party David Storobin 19,338
Independent Abraham Tischler 528 (School Choice Party)

District 18

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Martin Malave Dilan 69,749 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Michael E. Freeman-Saulsberre 3,987

District 19

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:
Conservative Party September 13 Conservative primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John L. Sampson 78,974 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jane Neal 7,226
Conservative Party Elias J. Weir 1,196

District 20

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
  • Eric Adams Approveda - Incumbent Adams first assumed office in 2007. In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, Adams is also running on the Working Families Party ticket.
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:
Conservative Party September 13 Conservative primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Eric Adams 81,110 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Rose Laney 2,683
Conservative Party Brian Kelly 938

District 21

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kevin S. Parker 95,310 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Mindy Meyer 2,733

District 22

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Andrew S. Gounardes 28,243
Republican Party Martin J. Golden 38,584 Green check mark transparent.png

District 23

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Diane J. Savino 50,553 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Lisa Grey 15,131

District 24

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gary W. Carsel 26,893
Republican Party Andrew J. Lanza 78,418 Green check mark transparent.png

District 25

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Velmanette Montgomery 102,940 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John A. Jasilli 2,944

District 26

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Daniel Squadron 70,306 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jacqueline Haro 10,787

District 27

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Brad M. Hoylman 93,469 Green check mark transparent.png

District 28

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
  • Liz Krueger Approveda - Incumbent Krueger first assumed office in 2003. In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, Krueger is also running on the Working Families Party ticket.
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Liz Krueger 83,327 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party David Paul Garland 29,403

District 29

Note: Incumbent Thomas Duane (D) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Conservative Party September 13 Conservative primary:
Green Party September 13 Green Party primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jose M. Serrano 72,637 Green check mark transparent.png
Conservative Party Robert Goodman 3,381
Green Party Thomas Siracuse 1,245

District 30

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
  • Bill Perkins Approveda - Incumbent Perkins first assumed office in 2007. In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, Perkins is also running on the Working Families Party ticket.
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bill Perkins 98,201 Green check mark transparent.png

District 31

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Adriano Espaillat 84,944 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Martin Chicon 8,184

District 32

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
  • Ruben M. Diaz Approveda - Incumbent Diaz first assumed office in 2003. In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, Diaz is also running on the Republican and Conservative Party tickets.
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:
  • Ruben M. Diaz Approveda - Incumbent Diaz first assumed office in 2003. In addition to running on the Republican ticket, Diaz is also running on the Democratic and Conservative Party tickets.
Independence Party of America September 13 Independence primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyRepublican Party Ruben M. Diaz 72,950 Green check mark transparent.png
Independence Party of America David M. Johnson 2,188

District 33

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party J. Gustavo Rivera 57,167 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Michael E. Walters 2,296

District 34

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:
Conservative Party September 13 Conservative primary:
Green Party September 13 Green Party primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyRepublican Party Jeffrey D. Klein 80,421 Green check mark transparent.png
Conservative Party Elizabeth Perri 3,940
Green Party Carl Lundgren 1,348

District 35

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Andrea Stewart-Cousins 84,180 Green check mark transparent.png

District 36

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ruth H. Thompson 86,733Green check mark transparent.png
Conservative Party Robert L. Diamond 2,020

Note: Diamond does not appear in the official candidate list as a Republican.

District 37

Note: Incumbent Suzi Oppenheimer (D) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party George S. Latimer 64,236 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Bob Cohen 54,574

District 38

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:

Note: Grant M. Valentine filed to run but Carlucci challenged Valentine's petitions, ultimately getting him removed from the ballot for insufficient signatures.[8]

Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David Carlucci 75,428 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Janis A. Castaldi 31,460

District 39

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Christopher W. Eachus 49,746
Republican Party William L. Larkin, Jr. 54,921 Green check mark transparent.png

District 40

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Justin R. Wagner 62,325
Republican Party Gregory R. Ball 64,991 Green check mark transparent.png

District 41

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

Note: Unofficial results put Saland ahead by 42 votes.[9]

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Terry W. Gipson 53,562 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Stephen M. Saland 51,466
Conservative Party Neil A. DiCarlo 17,300

District 42

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party John J. Bonacic 72,374 Green check mark transparent.png

District 43

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:
Conservative Party September 13 Conservative primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robin Andrews 47,022
Republican Party Kathleen A. Marchione 60,856 Green check mark transparent.png
Independence Party of America Roy J. McDonald 20,929

District 44

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed
Green Party September 13 Green Party primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Neil D. Breslin 85,656 Green check mark transparent.png
Green Party Peter A. LaVenia, Jr. 8,796

District 45

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Elizabeth O'C. Little 87,266 Green check mark transparent.png

District 46

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Cecilia F. Tkaczyk 63,213 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party George A. Amedore, Jr. 63,195

Note: Although the official results shown above deemed Amedore the winner, county election officials opened 91 new ballots in January 2013 which eventually gave Tkaczyk an 18 vote lead. Amedore, who had been officially sworn into the Senate just days before, became the shortest tenured Senator in modern history.[10]

District 47

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Joseph A. Griffo 81,429 Green check mark transparent.png

District 48

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Amy M. Tresidder 28,470
Republican Party Patricia A. Ritchie 66,016 Green check mark transparent.png

District 49

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Madelyn C. Thorne 46,415
Republican Party Hugh T. Farley 69,861 Green check mark transparent.png

District 50

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:
Green Party September 13 Green Party primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party John A. DeFrancisco 94,910 Green check mark transparent.png
Green Party Michael F. Donnelly 15,591

District 51

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Howard D. Leib 34,966
Republican Party James L. Seward 76,428 Green check mark transparent.png

District 52

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:

Note: Barrett D. Esworthy, who had filed to run on the Democratic and Working Families tickets, did not appear on the primary ballot.

Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

Note: Robert J. Warner filed to run but did not appear on the primary ballot.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John P. Orzel 37,856
Republican Party Thomas W. Libous 71,912 Green check mark transparent.png
Working Families Party Barrett D. Esworthy 2,798

District 53

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David J. Valesky 84,429 Green check mark transparent.png

District 54

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Michael F. Nozzolio 96,302 Green check mark transparent.png

District 55

Note: Incumbent James Alesi (R) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ted O'Brien 70,020 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Sean T. Hanna 64,572

District 56

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Joseph E. Robach 79,572 Green check mark transparent.png

District 57

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Catharine M. Young 93,254 Green check mark transparent.png

District 58

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Thomas F. O'Mara 74,458 Green check mark transparent.png

District 59

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Patrick M. Gallivan 99,469 Green check mark transparent.png

District 60

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:
Working Families Party September 13 Working Families Party primary:
Independence Party of America September 13 Independence primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael L. Amodeo 45,140
Republican Party Mark J. Grisanti 63,683 Green check mark transparent.png
Working Families Party Gregory L. Davis 3,078
Conservative Party Charles M. Swanick 15,027

District 61

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Justin M. Rooney 50,889
Republican Party Michael H. Ranzenhofer 73,103 Green check mark transparent.png

District 62

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:
Working Families Party September 13 Working Families Party primary:
Green Party September 13 Green Party primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Amy Hope Witryol 42,508
Republican Party George D. Maziarz 69,359 Green check mark transparent.png
Green Party Jonathon B. Benedict 1,127

District 63

Note: District 63 was added during the 2012 redistricting process.

Democratic Party September 13 Democratic primary:
Republican Party September 13 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Timothy M. Kennedy 82,458 Green check mark transparent.png

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