William Colton

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William Colton
New York State Assembly District 47
In office
1997 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2013
Years in position 18
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$61/half day and $171/full day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSaint John's University, 1968
Master'sBrooklyn College
J.D.Saint John's School of Law, 1978
Office website
William Colton (b. 1946) is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly. He has represented District 47 since 1997. Colton is the Majority Conference Leader.

Colton's professional experience is as a lawyer and public school teacher.

Colton earned a BA in Urban Education from Saint John's University; a MS in Urban Education from Brooklyn College and a JD from Saint John's School of Law. He is married to Mary and has two stepchildren; Jennifer and Joseph.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Colton has been appointed to the following committees:


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



See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Colton ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 47. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. He defeated James M. Rippa in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]



See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010

Colton ran unopposed in the September 14 Democratic primary. He defeated Phyllis Carbo (R) in the general election on November 2. In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, he ran on the Working Familes ticket.

New York State Assembly, District 47 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png William Colton (D) 8,605
Phyllis Carbo (R) 4,457


On November 4, 2008 Colton won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 47, defeating opponent Russell Gallo (R).

Colton raised $140,097 for his campaign while Gallo raised $0.[5]

New York State Assembly, District 47 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png William Colton (D) 14,949
Russell Gallo (R) 5,627

Campaign donors


In 2010, Colton received $127,024 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]


In 2008, a year in which Colton was up for election, he collected $140,907 in donations.[7]

The major contributors were:

Donor Amount
New York City District Council of Carpenters $3,500
AFSCME District Council 37 $3,250
New York State Trial Lawyers $3,000
New York State United Teachers $2,700

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Preceded by
New York Assembly - District 47
Succeeded by