|New York State Assembly District 47|
|1997 - Present|
|January 1, 2015|
|Years in position||17|
|Majority Whip, New York State Assembly|
|2013 - present|
|Per diem||$171/full day; $61/half day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Saint John's University, 1968|
|J.D.||Saint John's School of Law, 1978|
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.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Colton served on the following committees:
- Correction Committee, New York State Assembly
- Environmental Conservation Committee, New York State Assembly
- Governmental Employees Committee, New York State Assembly
- Labor Committee, New York State Assembly
- Ways and Means Committee, New York State Assembly
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Colton served on the following committees:
- Correction Committee, New York Assembly
- Environmental Conservation Committee, New York Assembly
- Governmental Employees Committee, New York Assembly
- Labor Committee, New York Assembly
- Ways and Means Committee, New York Assembly
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. Colton sponsored or co-sponsored five of these eight. 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. 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."
- Assembly Bill 4879, sponsored by Peter Abbate, Eric Stevenson, 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.
- Assembly Bill 4890, sponsored by Abbate and Colton, would increase the credit state employees receive for each year above 30 which they have worked from 1.5 to 2.0 percent. This would cost the state government an estimated $1.1 billion.
- Assembly Bill 4914, sponsored by Abbate, Colton, Jeffrion Aubry, William Boyland, Barbara Clark, Cook, Steven Cymbrowitz, Dennis Gabryszak, Hooper, Jose Rivera, Matthew Titone, and Harvey Weisenberg, would give all non-correction officers in the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision a performance of duty disability benefit worth 75% of their final average salary. This bill would cost the state $100,000 in increased annual contributions.
- 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.
- Assembly Bill 4924, sponsored by Colton, would guarantee all state and New York City teachers an additional annual $500 for each year of full-time service. This would cost the New York State Teachers' Retirement System $33.8 million, with an additional undefined cost to the New York City Teachers' Retirement System.
- 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.
|New York State Assembly, District 47, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||William Colton Incumbent||74.4%||14,370|
|Republican||James M. Rippa||25.6%||4,942|
- 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|
|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.
|New York State Assembly, District 47 2008|
|William Colton (D)||14,949|
|Russell Gallo (R)||5,627|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Colton received $127,024 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|New York State Assembly 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to William Colton's campaign in 2010|
|New York State Laborers||$10,410|
|New York State Trial Lawyers||$3,800|
|New York State United Teachers||$3,400|
|New York State Afl-Cio||$2,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$127,024|
In 2008, a year in which Colton was up for election, he collected $140,907 in donations.
The major contributors were:
|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|
- New York Assembly - Rep. William Colton
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Colton
- Citizens Budget Commission, "A Busy Day in Albany," February 20, 2013
- E.J. McMahon, Empire State Center for New York Policy, "Pension follies continue," February 21, 2013
- New York Daily News, "More, more, always more," February 21, 2013
- Bill summary for NY Assembly Bill 4879, accessed March 12, 2013
- Bill summary for NY Assembly Bill 4890, accessed March 12, 2013
- Bill summary for NY Assembly Bill 4914, accessed March 12, 2013
- Bill summary for NY Assembly Bill 4920, accessed March 12, 2013
- Bill summary for New York Assembly Bill 4924, accessed March 12, 2013
- State of New York, State Board of Elections, Candidate Petition List, retrieved August 15, 2012.
- ABC News, "New York unofficial 2012 primary election results," accessed September 13, 2012
- New York Daily News, "32BJ/SEIU Endorses For State Senate, Assembly," August 1, 2012
- Follow the Money's report 2008 Campaign donations in New York
- Follow the Money - 2010 contributions
- 2008 contributions to William Colton
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