New York State Assembly
The New York State Assembly is the lower house of the New York State Legislature, the New York State Senate being the upper house. There are 150 seats in the Assembly. Assembly members serve two-year terms without term limits.
New York State Assembly
|New York State Legislature|
New session started
|January 3, 2017|
|Majority caucus (107)
Minority caucus (43)
Length of term
|Authority||Article III, New York Constitution|
|Salary||$110,000/year + per diem|
|November 6, 2018|
|November 3, 2020|
|State Assembly Chamber|
New York State Capitol
Albany, New York
|New York State Assembly|
Leadership of the Assembly
The Speaker of the Assembly presides over the Assembly. The Speaker is elected by the Majority Conference followed by confirmation of the full Assembly through the passage of an Assembly Resolution. In addition to presiding over the body, the Speaker also has the chief leadership position, and controls the flow of legislation and committee assignments. The minority leader is elected by party caucus. The majority leader of the Assembly is selected by, and serves at the pleasure of, the Speaker.
Democrat Carl Heastie of the 83rd Assembly District has served as Speaker of the Assembly since February 2015. Crystal Peoples-Stokes of the 141st Assembly District has served as Assembly Majority Leader since December 2018. Republican Brian Kolb of the 131st Assembly District has served as Assembly Minority Leader since April 2009.
|Majority Leader||Crystal Peoples-Stokes||Democratic||141|
|Minority Leader||Brian Kolb||Republican||131|
As of January 2019, 106 of the 150 seats in the Assembly were held by Democrats. As of the fall of 2018, the Assembly has been controlled by the Democratic Party since 1975.
(Shading indicates Majority Conference)
|End of 2015–16 legislature||104||1||41||1||147||3|
|Start of previous (2017–18) legislature||106||1||43||0||150||0|
|End of previous (2017–18) legislature||102||1||42||146||4|
|Start of current (2019–20) legislature||106||1||43||0||150||0|
|Latest voting share||71.3%||28.7%|
Members of the New York State Assembly
- +Elected in a special election
The New York State Assembly has the following committees:
- Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
- Children and Families
- Consumer Affairs and Protection
- Corporations, Authorities and Commissions
- Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry
- Election Law
- Environmental Conservation
- Ethics and Guidance
- Governmental Employees
- Governmental Operations
- Higher Education
- Libraries and Education Technology
- Local Governments
- Mental Health
- Oversight, Analysis and Investigation
- Racing and Wagering
- Real Property Taxation
- Small Business
- Social Services
- Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development
- Veterans' Affairs
- Ways and Means
- Asm. Erik Bohen (a registered Democrat who won an April 24, 2018 special election on the Republican Party line) was not a member of any caucus during his Assembly tenure.
- Colon, Dave. "As Democratic Senate Becomes Reality, Unclear How Hard Assembly Majority Will Push Prior Agenda". Gotham Gazette.
- "The Secret Playbook NY State Senate Democrats Used To 'Wipe The Floor' With Republicans". Gothamist. November 28, 2018.
- "Crystal Peoples-Stokes in the running for Assembly majority leader post". November 13, 2018.
- Press, Chris Carola Associated. "New York state lawmakers push term limits for elected state offices". Daily Freeman.
- McKinley, Jesse (February 3, 2015). "Heastie Elected Speaker of New York Assembly" – via NYTimes.com.
- "WNY gets Albany leverage as Peoples-Stokes named Assembly majority leader". December 17, 2018.
- "NY Assembly Republicans select new minority leader". Glens Falls Post-Star.
- Klepper, David; Carola, Chris (January 9, 2019). "Democrat-controlled NY state Legislature starts 2019 session". AP NEWS.
- Journal, Seth Barron is associate editor of City; Institute, project director of the NYC Initiative at the Manhattan (October 16, 2018). "All-Blue Albany?". City Journal.
- "Bohen, Burke Have Rematch for Assembly Seat". spectrumlocalnews.com.
- Precious, Tom (April 25, 2018). "A day after his Assembly victory, Bohen receives a lesson in Albany 101".
- Though Richardson was elected on the Working Families Party line, she is a registered Democrat.
- "Committees, Commissions and Task Forces". New York State Assembly.