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Sam Hoyt

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Sam Hoyt
New York State Assembly District 144
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic
Profession Legislator
Sam Hoyt (b. January 9, 1962) was a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, District 144. He resigned from the Assembly in 2011 to accept a position in the Empire State Development Corporation.[1] A special election to replace him was held on September 13, 2011.

Hoyt's past political experiences include being part of the national campaign staff to Dukakis for President and advanced team coordinator for Mondale for President. Hoyt's professional experience includes his work as director of sales and marketing for the Bisons baseball and as an aide to Sen. Daniel Moynihan.

Hoyt earned a B.A. in political science from State University of New York College at Buffalo and attended Ohio Wesleyan University. He and his wife, Constance, have two children; Clayton and Griffin.[2]

Committee assignments


Prior to leaving the New York State Assembly, he served on the following committees:


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



Hoyt defeated Joseph Golombek, Jr. in the September 14 Democratic primary, but Golombek secured the nomination of the Conservative Party. Hoyt defeated Golombek and Republican Brian R. Biggie in the general election.[3]

New York State Assembly, District 144 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sam Hoyt (D) 16,610
Brian R. Biggie (R) 8,469
Joseph Golombek, Jr. (C) 6,068


On November 4, 2008 Hoyt won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 144, defeating opponent Sheila Ferrentino (R).

Hoyt raised $429,133 for his campaign while Ferrentino raised $4,170.[4]

New York State Assembly, District 144 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sam Hoyt (D) 30,228
Sheila Ferrentino (R) 12,418


Affair with an intern

In September 2008, the Assembly Ethics and Guidance Committee found Hoyt had had an affair with an intern and would no longer be allowed to have interns. The affair began in 2003 and lasted through 2005. Hoyt, who is married with two children, stated, “I accept the committee’s findings and once again apologize to my family and the people of the 144th Assembly District.”[5]

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Political offices
Preceded by
New York Assembly - District 144
Succeeded by
Sean Ryan