Dean Skelos

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Dean Skelos
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New York Senate District 9
Incumbent
In office
1985 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 29
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Temporary Co-President of the Senate
2012 - present
Co-Majority Leader, New York State Senate
2011 - present
Minority Leader, New York State Senate
2009 - 2010
Compensation
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$171/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 1984
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Assembly
1981 to 1983
Education
Bachelor'sWashington College
J.D.Fordham Law School
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 16, 1948
Place of birthRockville Centre, NY
ProfessionCounsel
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Dean G. Skelos (b. February 16, 1948) is a Republican member of the New York State Senate, representing District 9. He was first elected to the chamber in 1984. He is currently serving as Temporary President/Majority Republican Leader; he alternates the presidential role daily with Majority Independent Democratic Leader Jeffrey Klein.

Skelos served in the New York State Assembly from 1981 to 1983. From 1995 to 2008, he was Deputy Majority Leader for Legislative Operations. He briefly served as Temporary President/Majority Leader in the Senate in 2009. He previously served as Minority Leader in the 2009-2010 session.

Biography

Skelos earned his B.A. in History from Washington College in 1970 and his J.D. from Fordham Law School in 1975. His professional experience includes working as counsel for Ruskin Moscou Faltischek Professional Corporation.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Rules, Chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Skelos served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Skelos served on these committees:

Issues

Tax extensions

Promoting his 2013-14 budget, Governor Andrew Cuomo and his 2014 re-election campaign launched television ads in late January, 2013.[1] E.J. McMahon of the pro-market Empire State Center for New York Policy argued that Cuomo's claim in the ads that his budget did not impose any new taxes was technically true but disingenuous because the governor did call for extending two "temporary" taxes first imposed in 2009. Cuomo proposed extending the 2 percent assessment on electric, water, and gas utility bills for five years beyond its scheduled March 13, 2014, expiration date. Senate Majority Leader Skelos and his fellow Senate Republicans opposed the utility tax extension and held a February 5 press conference on the topic with representatives from the Business Council of New York State, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY), the New York Farm Bureau, and AARP.[2] Cuomo also proposed extending a tax on households earning more than $10 million annually. Already statutorily limited to receiving only half of their tax deductions for their charitable giving, high-end taxpayers would see the temporary law limiting them to receiving only a quarter of their charitable giving deductions extended for three more years. The utility assessment tax brings in $509 million annually, and the charitable giving deduction limit brings in $140 million.[3]

Marijuana Legislation

In June 2012, Skelos led the fight against a proposal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) that would have decriminalized the display of small amounts of marijuana. While possessing small amounts of marijuana is legal in the state, showing it to a police officer is not legal. Ultimately, Republicans were able to defeat the measure.[4]

Elections

2012

See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

Skelos ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 9. 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. Skelos defeated Thomas H. Feffer (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

New York State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDean Skelos Incumbent 60.7% 68,816
     Democratic Thomas H. Feffer 39.3% 44,646
Total Votes 113,462

2010

Skelos ran unopposed in the September 14 Republican primary. He defeated George Sava(D) in the general election.[7] Skelos is running as a member of the Republican, Conservative, and Independence party.

New York State Senate, General Election Results, District 9 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dean Skelos (R) 59,252
George Sava (D) 30,804

2008

On November 4, 2008, Dean Skelos won the election for New York State Senate, District 9 with 82,410 votes.

Skelos raised $903,024 for his campaign.[8]

New York State Senate, District 9 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dean Skelos (R) 82,410
Roy D. Simon (D) 45,038

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Dean Skelos is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Dean Skelos raised a total of $8,482,560 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 20, 2013.[9]

Dean Skelos's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Senate, District 9 Won $1,603,976
2010 New York State Senate, District 9 Won $1,163,554
2008 New York State Senate, District 9 Won $1,579,058
2006 New York State Senate, District 9 Won $1,238,267
2004 New York State Senate, District 9 Won $1,210,490
2002 New York State Senate, District 9 Won $919,268
2000 New York State Senate, District 9 Won $521,462
1998 New York State Senate, District 9 Won $246,485
Grand Total Raised $8,482,560

2012

Dean Skelos won re-election to the New York State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Dean Skelos raised a total of $1,603,976.
New York State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dean Skelos's campaign in 2012
Time Warner Cable$14,500
Physicians Reciprocal Insurers$14,000
Cameron Engineering & Associates$13,600
Uniformed Fire Fighters Association$11,600
Brodsky, Bert E$11,600
Total Raised in 2012$1,603,976
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Listed below are the largest contributors to Skelos's 2010 campaign.[10]

New York State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dean Skelos's campaign in 2010
Uniformed Sanitation Men's Association Local 831$16,000
Cameron Engineering & Associates$13,800
New York State Police Investigators Association$13,600
New York State Correctional Officers$12,750
Physicians Reciprocal Insurers$12,000
Total Raised in 2010 $1,163,554

2008

Listed below are the five largest contributors to Dean Skelos' 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Physicians Reciprocal Insurers $14,500
Roger B. Tilles $12,000
New York State Police Investigators Association $11,850
New York State Court Clerks Association $11,300
New York State AFL-CIO $10,500

Personal

Skelos and his wife Gail have one child.

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