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Eric Stevenson
Eric Stevenson.jpg
New York State Assembly District 79
Former Member
In office
2011 - January 13, 2014
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionCommittee Clerk
Eric A. Stevenson is a former Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 79 from 2010 to January 13, 2014. Stevenson was removed from office when he was convicted of bribery on January 13, 2014.[1]


Stevenson has an educational background in labor organizing, electronics systems technology and international business. His professional experience includes being a community coordinator and liaison to Community Board 3 for Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer, and working as a legislative researcher for the City Council Speaker and as a committee clerk.

Committee assignments


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

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
Governmental Operations
Veterans' Affairs


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


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. Stevenson co-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 4879, sponsored by Peter Abbate, Stevenson, William Colton, Vivian Cook and Earlene Hill Hooper would allow employees in the New York State and Local Employees' Retirement System (NYSLERS) to retire with full benefits after 35 years of employment without regard to their age. This bill would cost the state government an estimated $87 million. As of February 11, 2014, the bill has been referred to governmental employees.[5]



See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Stevenson ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 79. He ran unopposed in the Democratic, Republican, and Working Families Party primaries on September 13, 2012. He defeated Selsia Evans (C) and Jose A. Padilla, Jr. (I) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

New York State Assembly, District 79, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEric Stevenson Incumbent 97% 28,225
     Independence Jose A. Padilla, Jr. 2.2% 651
     Conservative Selsia Evans 0.8% 228
Total Votes 29,104


See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010

Stevenson was uncontested in the September 14 Democratic primary. Stevenson defeated Deborah Benbow (R) and Henry Bonet, Jr. (Conservative) in the general election on November 2.[8]

New York State Assembly, District 79 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Eric Stevenson (D) 13,658
Deborah Benbow (R) 436
Henry Bonet, Jr. (C) 113

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Eric Stevenson is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Eric Stevenson raised a total of $122,366 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 24, 2013.[9]

Eric Stevenson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Assembly, District 79 Won $64,550
2010 New York State Assembly, District 79 Won $57,816
Grand Total Raised $122,366


Eric Stevenson won re-election to the New York State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Eric Stevenson raised a total of $64,550.


In 2010, Stevenson raised a total of $57,816 in campaign contributions.[10]

His four largest campaign contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Bronx Democratic County Cmte $3,000
New York State Laborers $2,800
Correction Officers Benevolent Association $2,800
Serv-Tek Elevator Corp $2,500



In 2012, Stevenson’s endorsements included the following:


2013 bribery scandal

On April 4, 2013, Stevenson was arrested and charged with bribery in the amount of $22,000. The complaint against him stated that he was recorded meeting a representative of a group of businessmen looking to open daycare centers for seniors. On the tape, he is heard offering to draft legislation that would impose a moratorium on the establishment of such facilities. For cooperating in the case, fellow assemblyman Nelson Castro agreed to resign from office in return for having existing charges dropped.[12]

On January 13, 2014, Stevenson was found guilty of bribery, extortion and conspiracy to commit honest services fraud. He faces up to 55 years in prison when he is sentenced on May 20th.[13][14]

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Preceded by
Michael Benjamin
New York Assembly District 79
2011–January 13, 2014
Succeeded by