179th New York State Legislature

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179th New York State Legislature
178th 180th
The facade of the New York State Capitol building in bright daylight
Overview
Jurisdiction New York, United States
Term January 1, 1971 – December 31, 1972
Senate
Members 57
President Lt. Gov. Malcolm Wilson (R)
Temporary President Earl W. Brydges (R)
Party control Republican (32–25)
Assembly
Members 150
Speaker Perry B. Duryea, Jr. (R)
Party control Republican (77–71–2)
Sessions
1st January 6 – June 9, 1971
2nd December 14 – 18, 1971
3rd December 27, 1971 – January 4, 1972
4th January 5 – May 12, 1972

The 179th New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 6, 1971, to May 12, 1972, during the thirteenth and fourteenth years of Nelson Rockefeller's governorship, in Albany.

Background[edit]

Under the provisions of the New York Constitution of 1938, and the U.S. Supreme Court decision to follow the One man, one vote rule, re-apportioned in 1966 by order of the New York Court of Appeals, 57 Senators and 150 assemblymen were elected in single-seat districts for two-year terms. Senate and Assembly districts consisted of approximately the same number of inhabitants, the area being apportioned without restrictions regarding county boundaries.

At this time there were two major political parties: the Republican Party and the Democratic Party, the Conservative Party, the Liberal Party, the Communist Party, the Socialist Workers Party, the Socialist Labor Party, a "Civil Service Independent Party" and an "Independent Alliance" also nominated tickets.

Elections[edit]

The New York state election, 1970, was held on November 3. Governor Nelson Rockefeller and Lieutenant Governor Malcolm Wilson were re-elected, both Republicans, the elections to the other three statewide elective offices resulted in a Republican Attorney General with Liberal endorsement; a Democratic State Comptroller with Liberal endorsement; and a Conservative U.S. Senator with Independent Alliance endorsement, the approximate party strength at this election, as expressed by the vote for Governor, was: Republicans/C.S.I.P. 3,151,000; Democrats/Liberals 2,421,000; Conservatives 423,000; Communists 8,000; Socialist Workers 6,000; and Socialist Labor 4,000. However, Conservative James L. Buckley polled almost 2.3 million votes and was elected to the U.S. Senate.

Three of the four women members of the previous legislature—Assemblywomen Constance E. Cook (Rep.), a lawyer of Ithaca; Rosemary R. Gunning (Cons.), a lawyer of Ridgewood, Queens; and Mary Anne Krupsak (Dem.), a lawyer of Amsterdam—were re-elected.

The New York state election, 1971, was held on November 2. No statewide elective offices were up for election. Two vacancies in the State Senate and four vacancies in the Assembly were filled.[1]

Sessions[edit]

The Legislature met for the first regular session (the 194th) at the State Capitol in Albany on January 6, 1971;[2] and adjourned sine die on June 9.

Perry B. Duryea, Jr. (Rep.) was re-elected Speaker.

Earl W. Brydges (Rep.) was re-elected Temporary President of the State Senate.

The Legislature met for a special session at the State Capitol in Albany on December 14, 1971;[3] and adjourned sine die on December 18. This session was called to enact a new apportionment of the state's legislative districts.

The Legislature met for another special session at the State Capitol in Albany on December 27, 1971;[4] and adjourned sine die on January 4, 1972. This session was called to consider measures to balance the state's finances, and ended with the enactment of tax increases.[5]

The Legislature met for the second regular session (the 195th) at the State Capitol in Albany on January 5, 1972;[6] and adjourned sine die on May 12.[7]

On May 9, the Assembly passed a bill to repeal the permissive 1970 abortion law,[8] the bill also passed the Senate, but was vetoed by Governor Rockefeller.

State Senate[edit]

Senators[edit]

The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued in office as members of this Legislature. Assemblymen William J. Giordano and Emanuel R. Gold were elected to fill a vacancies in the Senate.

Note: For brevity, the chairmanships omit the words "...the Committee on (the)..."

District Senator Party Notes
1st Leon E. Giuffreda* Republican
2nd Bernard C. Smith* Republican
3rd Ralph J. Marino* Republican
4th Edward J. Speno* Republican died on February 17, 1971
George A. Murphy Republican on November 2, 1971, elected to fill vacancy
5th John D. Caemmerer* Rep./Cons.
6th John R. Dunne* Republican
7th Norman J. Levy Rep./Cons.
8th Murray Schwartz* Dem./Lib.
9th Jack E. Bronston* Dem./Lib.
10th Seymour R. Thaler* Dem./Lib. resigned to run for the New York Supreme Court
Emanuel R. Gold* Dem./Lib. on November 2, 1971, elected to fill vacancy
11th John J. Santucci* Democrat
12th Martin J. Knorr* Rep./Cons.
13th Nicholas Ferraro* Democrat
14th Edward S. Lentol* Democrat on November 7, 1972, elected to the New York Supreme Court
15th A. Frederick Meyerson* Dem./Lib.
16th Donald Halperin Democrat
17th Jeremiah B. Bloom* Democrat
18th Waldaba Stewart* Dem./Lib.
19th Samuel L. Greenberg* Dem./Lib.
20th Albert B. Lewis* Democrat
21st William T. Conklin* Rep./Cons.
22nd vacant Assemblyman-elect William J. Ferrall (D) died on December 13, 1970
William J. Giordano* Democrat on February 9, 1971, elected to fill vacancy[9]
23rd John J. Marchi* Rep./Cons.
24th Paul P. E. Bookson* Democrat
25th Manfred Ohrenstein* Dem./Lib.
26th Roy M. Goodman* Rep./Lib.
27th Sidney A. von Luther Democrat
28th Joseph Zaretzki* Dem./Lib. Minority Leader
29th Robert García* Dem./Rep./Lib.
30th Harrison J. Goldin* Dem./Lib.
31st Joseph L. Galiber* Dem./Rep./Lib.
32nd Abraham Bernstein* Dem./Lib.
33rd John D. Calandra* Rep./Cons.
34th John E. Flynn* Republican
35th Anthony B. Gioffre* Rep./Cons.
36th Bernard G. Gordon* Rep./Cons.
37th Richard E. Schermerhorn Rep./Cons.
38th Jay P. Rolison, Jr.* Rep./Cons.
39th Douglas Hudson* Rep./Cons.
40th Walter B. Langley* Republican
41st Dalwin J. Niles* Rep./Cons.
42nd Ronald B. Stafford* Rep./Dem./Cons./Lib.
43rd Hugh Douglas Barclay* Rep./Cons.
44th James H. Donovan* Rep./Cons.
45th John H. Hughes* Republican Chairman of Judiciary; died on October 13, 1972
46th Tarky Lombardi, Jr.* Rep./Cons.
47th Warren M. Anderson* Republican Chairman of Finance
48th William T. Smith* Rep./Cons.
49th Theodore D. Day* Rep./Cons. on July 1, appointed as Asst. NYS Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets[10]
50th Thomas Laverne* Rep./Lib.
51st James E. Powers* Democrat
52nd Earl W. Brydges* Republican re-elected Temporary President
53rd John J. LaFalce Dem./Lib.
54th Thomas F. McGowan* Rep./Lib.
55th Frank J. Glinski* Dem./Lib.
56th James D. Griffin* Democrat
57th Jess J. Present* Republican

Employees[edit]

State Assembly[edit]

Assembly members[edit]

The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued in office as members of this Legislature.

Note: For brevity, the chairmanships omit the words "...the Committee on (the)..."

District Assembly member Party Notes
1st Perry B. Duryea, Jr.* Republican re-elected Speaker
2nd Peter J. Costigan* Rep./Cons.
3rd Charles A. Jerabek* Cons./Rep.
4th Robert C. Wertz Republican
5th William L. Burns* Republican
6th John G. McCarthy* Republican
7th Joseph M. Reilly* Republican
8th Martin Ginsberg* Republican
9th Philip B. Healey Rep./Cons.
10th Milton Jonas* Republican
11th Stanley Harwood* Dem./Lib.
12th Joseph M. Margiotta* Republican
13th John S. Thorp, Jr.* Dem./Lib.
14th Arthur J. Kremer* Dem./Lib.
15th Eli Wager* Dem./Lib.
16th George J. Farrell, Jr.* Rep./Cons.
17th John E. Kingston* Republican Majority Leader
18th Irwin J. Landes Dem./Lib.
19th Herbert A. Posner* Democrat
20th Joseph J. Kunzeman* Rep./Cons. resigned to run for the New York Supreme Court
John A. Esposito Rep./Cons. on November 2, 1971, elected to fill vacancy
21st Martin Rodell* Dem./Lib. resigned to run for the New York City Civil Court
Saul Weprin Dem./Lib. on November 2, 1971, elected to fill vacancy
22nd John T. Gallagher* Rep./Cons.
23rd Leonard P. Stavisky* Dem./Lib.
24th Arthur J. Cooperman* Dem./Lib.
25th Emanuel R. Gold* Dem./Lib. resigned to run for the State Senate
Alan G. Hevesi Dem./Lib. on November 2, 1971, elected to fill vacancy
26th Guy R. Brewer* Democrat
27th Herbert J. Miller* Democrat
28th Alfred D. Lerner* Rep./Cons. resigned to run for the New York Supreme Court
Alfred A. DelliBovi Republican on November 2, 1971, elected to fill vacancy
29th Frederick D. Schmidt* Democrat
30th John T. Flack* Rep./Cons.
31st Joseph F. Lisa* Democrat
32nd John G. Lopresto Rep./Cons.
33rd Joseph S. Calabretta* Democrat
34th Rosemary R. Gunning* Cons./Rep.
35th Chester J. Straub* Democrat
36th Peter G. Mirto* Democrat
37th Samuel D. Wright* Democrat
38th Vito P. Battista* Rep./Cons.
39th Stanley Fink* Democrat
40th Alfred A. Lama* Dem./Lib.
41st Stanley Steingut* Democrat Minority Leader
42nd Brian Sharoff Democrat
43rd George A. Cincotta* Democrat
44th Mel Miller Democrat
45th Stephen J. Solarz* Democrat
46th Leonard M. Simon* Dem./Lib.
47th Salvatore J. Grieco* Democrat
48th Leonard Silverman* Democrat
49th Dominick L. DiCarlo* Rep./Cons.
50th Robert F. Kelly* Rep./Cons.
51st Vincent A. Riccio* Rep./Cons.
52nd Joseph M. Martuscello Democrat
53rd (William J. Giordano)* Democrat resigned on January 6, 1971, to run for the State Senate[11]
Frank J. Verderame Democrat on February 9, 1971, elected to fill vacancy[12]
54th Vander L. Beatty Democrat
55th Thomas R. Fortune* Democrat
56th Calvin Williams Democrat
57th Harvey L. Strelzin* Democrat
58th Lucio F. Russo* Rep./Cons.
59th Edward J. Amann Jr.* Rep./Cons.
60th Louis DeSalvio* Democrat
61st Anthony G. DiFalco* Dem./Lib.
62nd Andrew J. Stein Dem./Lib.
63rd William F. Passannante* Dem./Lib.
64th Peter A. A. Berle* Dem./Lib.
65th Richard N. Gottfried Democrat
66th Antonio G. Olivieri Dem./Lib.
67th Albert H. Blumenthal* Dem./Lib.
68th Frank G. Rossetti* Dem./Lib.
69th Franz S. Leichter* Dem./Lib.
70th Hulan E. Jack* Democrat on April 24, 1972, convicted of conspiracy[13]
71st Stephen S. Gottlieb* Democrat
72nd George W. Miller Democrat
73rd John J. Walsh* Ind. Dem.[14]
74th Mark T. Southall* Democrat
75th Harry Kraf* Democrat on November 7, 1972, elected to the New York City Civil Court
76th Seymour Posner* Dem./Lib.
77th Armando Montano* Dem./Lib.
78th Louis Niñé Democrat
79th Manuel Ramos* Democrat
80th Ferdinand J. Mondello* Democrat on October 12, 1972, appointed to the NYS Commission of Investigation[15]
81st Alan Hochberg* Dem./Lib.
82nd Alexander Chananau* Dem./Lib.
83rd Burton Hecht* Dem./Lib.
84th G. Oliver Koppell* Dem./Lib.
85th Anthony J. Mercorella* Dem./Lib.
86th Anthony J. Stella* Dem./Lib.
87th Thomas J. McInerney* Democrat
88th George E. Van Cott* Rep./Cons.
89th Alvin M. Suchin* Rep./Cons.
90th Gordon W. Burrows* Republican
91st Joseph R. Pisani* Republican
92nd J. Edward Meyer Republican
93rd Peter R. Biondo* Republican
94th Eugene Levy* Rep./Cons.
95th Benjamin A. Gilman* Rep./Cons. on November 7, 1972, elected to the 93rd U.S. Congress
96th Lawrence Herbst Rep./Cons.
97th Willis H. Stephens* Rep./Cons. Chairman of Ways and Means
98th Emeel S. Betros* Rep./Cons.
99th H. Clark Bell* Rep./Cons.
100th Clarence D. Lane* Republican
101st Neil W. Kelleher* Rep./Cons.
102nd Thomas W. Brown Democrat
103rd Fred G. Field, Jr.* Republican
104th Mary Anne Krupsak* Dem./Lib.
105th Clark C. Wemple* Rep./Cons.
106th Fred W. Droms, Jr.* Rep./Cons.
107th Lawrence E. Corbett, Jr.* Republican
108th Andrew W. Ryan, Jr.* Rep./Cons.
109th Glenn H. Harris* Rep./Cons.
110th K. Daniel Haley Dem./Lib.
111th Donald L. Taylor* Republican
112th Donald J. Mitchell* Republican on November 7, 1972, elected to the 93rd U.S. Congress
113th Edwyn E. Mason* Rep./Cons.
114th Richard A. Brown* Republican
115th William R. Sears* Rep./Cons.
116th John T. Buckley* Rep./Lib.
117th Edward F. Crawford* Rep./Cons. Chairman of Judiciary
118th Leonard F. Bersani* Rep./Cons.
119th Hyman M. Miller Republican
120th Edward M. Kinsella Rep./Cons.
121st Thomas J. Murphy Republican
122nd Lloyd Stephen Riford, Jr. Republican
123rd Kenneth S. Leasure* Republican
124th Francis J. Boland, Jr.* Rep./Cons.
125th Constance E. Cook* Republican
126th L. Richard Marshall* Rep./Cons.
127th Charles D. Henderson* Rep./Cons.
128th Frederick L. Warder* Republican
129th Joseph C. Finley* Rep./Cons.
130th Donald C. Shoemaker* Republican
131st Raymond J. Lill* Dem./Lib.
132nd S. William Rosenberg* Republican
133rd Frank A. Carroll* Rep./Cons.
134th William M. Steinfeldt* Republican
135th Don W. Cook* Republican
136th James L. Emery* Republican
137th V. Sumner Carroll* Rep./Cons.
138th Richard J. Hogan Republican
139th Michael L. McCarthy Democrat
140th James T. McFarland* Rep./Cons.
141st Chester R. Hardt* Rep./Cons.
142nd Stephen R. Greco* Dem./Lib.
143rd Arthur O. Eve* Dem./Lib.
144th Albert J. Hausbeck* Rep./Cons.[16]
145th John B. Lis* Dem./Lib.
146th Francis J. Griffin* Democrat
147th Ronald H. Tills* Rep./Cons.
148th Frank Walkley* Republican on July 1, took office as NYS Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets[17]
149th Lloyd A. Russell* Rep./Cons.
150th John W. Beckman* Rep./Cons.

Employees[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ VOTERS HERE FILL 6 SEATS IN ALBANY in the New York Times on November 3, 1971 (subscription required)
  2. ^ Swirl of Superlatives Opens 194th Session in the New York Times on January 7, 1971 (subscription required)
  3. ^ Remapping of State Will Start At a Special Session Tomorrow in the New York Times on December 13, 1971 (subscription required)
  4. ^ LEGISLATORS OPEN SESSION IN ALBANY ON BUDGET CRISIS in the New York Times on December 28, 1971 (subscription required)
  5. ^ COMPROMISE PLAN; Total of $407-Million Approved With Aid of Democrats in the New York Times on January 5, 1972 (subscription required)
  6. ^ Duryea Emerges Second Only to Governor by Independence and Aid to G.O.P. in the New York Times on January 6, 1972 (subscription required)
  7. ^ CITY FALLS SHORT OF STATE-AID GOAL in the New York Times on May 13, 1972 (subscription required)
  8. ^ Assembly Votes to Repeal Liberalized Abortion Law; Measure Passes 79 to 68 in the New York Times on May 10, 1972 (subscription required)
  9. ^ EX-ASSEMBLYMAN WINS SENATE SEAT in the New York Times on February 10, 1971 (subscription required)
  10. ^ A NEW FARM AIDE TAKES STATE POST in the New York Times on July 2, 1972 (subscription required)
  11. ^ Assemblyman Resigns To Run for Senate Seat in the New York Times on January 7, 1971 (subscription required)
  12. ^ EX-ASSEMBLYMAN WINS SENATE SEAT in the New York Times on February 10, 1971 (subscription required)
  13. ^ JACK AND 4 OTHERS ARE FOUND GUILTY in the New York Times on April 25, 1972 (subscription required)
  14. ^ John J. Walsh, a registered Democrat, ran for re-election on the ticket of an "Upper Manhattan Apartment Building Party", and defeated the regular Democratic candidate Edward H. Lehner; see Recanvass Names Walsh Victor By 99 Votes in Assembly Race in the New York Times on November 10, 1970 (subscription required).
  15. ^ Annual Report of the Temporary Commission of Investigation of the State of New York (1972; pg. 20)
  16. ^ Hausbeck had been a Democrat, but changed parties in 1970.
  17. ^ A NEW FARM AIDE TAKES STATE POST in the New York Times on July 2, 1972 (subscription required)

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