Alfred Graf

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Alfred Graf
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New York State Assembly District 5
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$172/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2010
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sSUNY Plattsburgh
J.D.Touro Law School
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Personal
Birthday02/13/1958
Place of birthLong Island, NY
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Alfred Graf (b. February 13, 1958) is a Republican member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 5. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Graf served two terms as the Town of Brighton Supervisor.

Biography

Graf earned his bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from SUNY Plattsburgh and his J.D. from Touro Law School. His professional experience includes becoming a police officer until an injury forced him to retire, working as an alternative education school teacher and as an attorney at his own private firm. Graf served in the U.S. Navy where he became an Operations Specialist Third Class Petty Officer.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Aging
Codes
Education
Governmental Employees
Judiciary

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Graf's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Making Long Island More Affordable

  • Excerpt: "So that people can afford to to live, raise a family, buy a house, start a business, and retire here on Long Island"

Putting A Stop To Common Core

  • Excerpt: "New York State’s Common Core Program has had a negative impact on our children, families, schools, and has cost taxpayers millions of dollars. It is a one size fits none program that fails to take into account children’s levels of development, nor consider the impact on children with learning disabilities. We owe it to our children to get this right! We have to get government out of the classrooms, let teachers teach and create a home grown curriculum focused on enhancing our children’s educational experiences."

Fighting to Reduce the Cost of Electricity

  • Excerpt: "We cannot grow our economy or make Long Island more affordable unless we deal with the high cost of electricity. The high costs of electricity drives up the costs of property taxes."
  • Excerpt: "I will continue to push for real solutions to this problem and continue to educate other legislators and the Governor on solutions to get this problem under control."

Keeping Our Families Safe

  • Excerpt: "As a former New York City Police Officer I understand the need to supply safe communities. I will continue to speak out and author further legislation, to protect woman, children, families and communities. The state is facing escalating problems associated with street gangs, heroin, and threats of terrorists attacks on our soil. We must stay vigilant and effectively deal with these problems in a multi-pronged approach, through well thought out legislation, resources, and oversight."

Making New York State Government Work

  • Excerpt: "Since I have been in office we have had 4 historic on-time budgets, closed the $13.2 Billion Dollar Budget deficit in New York State without raising taxes or fees. During my first year in office, we were successful in eliminating the MTA Payroll Tax for over 700,o00 taxpayers and lowering personal income taxes to the lowest rates since 1953."

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. Deborah Slinkosky was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Alfred Graf was unopposed in the Republican primary. Graf also ran on the Conservative Party, SCC- Stop Common Core and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Graf defeated Slinkosky in the general election.[2][3]

2012

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Graf ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 5. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. He defeated Victor E. Salamone (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

New York State Assembly, District 5, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAlfred Graf Incumbent 58.8% 24,438
     Democratic Victor E. Salamone 41.2% 17,128
Total Votes 41,566

2010

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010

Graf was uncontested in the September 14 Republican primary. He faced Ken Mangan (D) and Ginny Fields (WF,I) in the general election on November 2. Mangan defeated incumbent Ginny Fields (IW) in the Democratic primary, but Fields also ran as a candidate of the Independence Party of New York State and the Working Families Party. In addition to Graf's slot on the Republican Party ticket, he was also listed as a candidate of the Conservative Party. Graf defeated both Mangan and Fields in the November 2nd general election.[7][8]

New York State Assembly, District 5 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Alfred Graf (R) 17,810
Ken Mangan (D) 10,588
Ginny Fields (I,WF) 7,579

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Alfred Graf is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Alfred Graf raised a total of $99,157 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 23, 2013.[9]

Alfred Graf's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Assembly, District 5 Won $57,545
2010 New York State Assembly, District 5 Won $41,612
Grand Total Raised $99,157

2012

Alfred Graf won re-election to the New York State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Alfred Graf raised a total of $57,545.
New York State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Alfred Graf's campaign in 2012
Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association$5,300
New York State Trial Lawyers$3,000
Manhattan Beer Distributors$3,000
Leisure Time Sportswear$2,467
Suffolk County Deputy Sheriffs Police Benevolent Association$2,225
Total Raised in 2012$57,545
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Graf raised a total of $41,612 in campaign contributions.[10]

His four largest campaign contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Republican Assembly Campaign Cmte of New York $11,500
Ventrice, Joseph M $3,107
Suffolk County Detective Investigators Police Benevolent Association $1,200
Messina, Vincent J $1,000

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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.[11]

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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.
  • 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.

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Graf's endorsements included the following:[12]

  • New York State Republican Party
  • New York State Conservative Party
  • New York State Independence Party
  • New York "Stop Common Core" Ballot Line
  • New York State United Teachers

  • New York State Nurses Association
  • New York Civil Service Employees Association
  • New York State Public Employees Federation
  • Long Island Federation of Labor
  • Suffolk County Deputy Sheriff’s PBA

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Alfred Graf endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [13]

Personal

Graf and his wife Mary have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ginny Fields
New York Assembly District 5
2011–present
Succeeded by
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