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Vivian Cook
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New York State Assembly District 32
Incumbent
In office
1991 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 23
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$171/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1990
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
OtherDeFrans Business Institute
Personal
Birthday05/23/1937
Place of birthRock Hill, SC
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Vivian E. Cook (b. May 23, 1937) is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 32. She was first elected to the chamber in 1990. She previously served as Deputy Majority Leader and chair of Majority Program Committee.

Her other political experiences include secretary for Queens County 32nd Assembly District; part of the Democratic National Committee; and district leader to Queens County 32nd Assembly District; delegate to Democratic National Convention; majority whip, New York State Assembly; and chair of the Queens County Democratic Committee.

Biography

Cook graduated from DeFrans Business Institute.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Codes
Corporations, Authorities and Commissions
Housing
Insurance
Rules
Ways and Means

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

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. Cook sponsored or co-sponsored three 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, Eric Stevenson, William Colton, 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.[5]
  • Assembly Bill 4920, sponsored by Abbate, Colton, Cook, Michael Cusick, Steven Englebright, and Weisenberg, would allow Tier I and II employees of the New York State and Local Employees' Retirement System (NYSLERS) and the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System (NYSLPFRS) to include up to 30 days of unused vacation time in the final average salary calculation for their pension benefits. This would cost the state government an estimated $110 million and local governments an estimated $45 million.[7]

Elections

2012

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Cook ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 32. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. She was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. [8][9]

New York State Assembly, District 32, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngVivian Cook Incumbent 100% 34,414
Total Votes 34,414

2010

See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010

Cook ran unopposed in the September 14 Democratic primary. She was unopposed the general election on November 2.[10]

New York State Assembly, District 32 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Vivian Cook (D) 18,065

2008

On November 4, 2008 Cook won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 32. She ran unopposed.

Cook raised $22,815 for her campaign.[11]

New York State Assembly, District 32 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Vivian Cook (D) 28,115

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Vivian Cook is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Vivian Cook raised a total of $188,118 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 24, 2013.[12]

Vivian Cook's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Assembly, District 32 Won $30,541
2010 New York State Assembly, District 32 Won $4,970
2008 New York State Assembly, District 32 Won $22,815
2006 New York State Assembly, District 32 Won $33,948
2004 New York State Assembly, District 32 Won $29,834
2002 New York State Assembly, District 32 Won $42,060
2000 New York State Assembly, District 32 Won $21,230
1998 New York State Assembly, District 32 Won $2,720
Grand Total Raised $188,118

2012

Vivian Cook won re-election to the New York State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Vivian Cook raised a total of $30,541.
New York State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Vivian Cook's campaign in 2012
Speakerpac$3,000
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1056$2,500
Crystal Window & Door Systems$2,500
Marion Scott Real Estate$2,500
New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$30,541
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Cook received $4,970 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[13]

New York State Assembly 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Vivian Cook's campaign in 2010
Communications Workers Local 1182$2,000
New York State Association of Realtors$1,000
Crowley for Congress$1,000
Exxonmobil$750
Amalgamated Transit Union New York$500
Total Raised in 2010 $4,970

2008

In 2008, a year in which Cook was up for re-election, she collected $22,815 in donations.[14]

The major contributors were:

Donor Amount
New York State Association of Realtors $1,800
New York State United Teachers $1,640
Verizon $1,400
Jamaica Chamber of Commerce $1,000

Endorsements

2012

In 2012, Cook’s endorsements included the following:

Personal

Cook is married her husband, John.

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