New York State Senate
The New York State Senate is the upper house of the New York State Legislature, the New York State Assembly being the lower house. Its members are elected to two-year terms; there are no term limits.
|New York State Senate|
|New York State Legislature|
Length of term
|Authority||Article III, New York Constitution|
|Salary||$120,000/year + per diem|
|November 3, 2020|
|November 8, 2022|
|Senate Chamber at New York State Capitol, Albany|
As of 2014, there are 63 seats in the Senate. The house 
|Affiliation||Recent party affiliation history
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|Begin 2007 session||29||33||62||0|
|End 2008 session||30||31||61||1|
|Begin 2009 session||32||30||62||0|
|End 2010 session||32||29||61||1|
|Begin 2011 session||26||4||32||62||0|
|End 2012 session||25||33||62||0|
|Begin 2013 session||27||5||1||30||63||0|
|End 2014 session||24||2||29||61||2|
|Begin 2015 session||25||1||5||1||32||63||0|
|End 2016 session||25||31||62||1|
|Begin 2017 session||24||7||1||31||63||0|
|End 2018 session||31|
|Begin 2019 session||39||1||23||63||0|
|March 10, 2019[d]||22||62||1|
|July 1, 2019[e]||40|
|November 26, 2019[f]||23||63||0|
|December 31, 2019[g]||22||62||1|
|June 28, 2020[h]||21||61||2|
|July 20, 2020[i]||20||60||3|
|Latest voting share||66.7%||33.3%|
|President of the Senate/Lieutenant Governor||Kathy C. Hochul||Dem|
|Temporary President/Majority Leader||Andrea Stewart-Cousins||Dem||35|
|Minority Leader||Rob Ortt||Rep||62|
Democratic Conference leadershipEdit
- Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Temporary President and Majority Leader
- Michael Gianaris, Deputy Majority Leader
- Liz Krueger, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee
- Neil Breslin, Vice President Pro Tempore
- Brian Benjamin, Senior Assistant Majority Leader
- Tim Kennedy, Chair of Majority Program Development Committee
- Jose Serrano, Chair of the Majority Conference
- Brad Hoylman, Assistant Majority Leader on Conference Operations
- Gustavo Rivera, Assistant Majority Leader on House Operations
- Kevin Parker, Majority Whip
- Toby Ann Stavisky, Majority Conference Vice-Chair
- Velmanette Montgomery, Majority Conference Secretary
- Joseph Addabbo, Majority Deputy Whip
- John Liu, Majority Assistant Whip
- Roxanne Persaud, Chair of the Majority Steering Committee
- Todd Kaminsky, Liaison to the Executive Branch
- Leroy Comrie, Deputy Majority Leader for State/Federal Relations
- Shelley Mayer, Deputy Majority Leader for Senate/Assembly Relations
- Monica Martinez, Assistant Majority Leader on Intergovernmental Affairs
Republican Conference LeadershipEdit
- Rob Ortt, Minority Leader
- Joseph Griffo, Deputy Minority Leader
- James L. Seward, Ranking Member of the Finance Committee
- Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair of the Senate Minority Conference
- Andrew J. Lanza, Minority Whip
- Elizabeth Little, Assistant Minority Leader for Policy and Administration
- George A. Amedore, Assistant Minority Leader for Conference Operations
- Patrick M. Gallivan, Assistant Minority Leader for Floor Operations
- Michael H. Ranzenhofer, Vice Chair of the Senate Minority Conference
- Patricia Ritchie, Secretary of the Senate Minority Conference
- Joseph E. Robach, Assistant Minority Whip
* First elected in a special election.
- "SDC" stands for "Senate Democratic Conference".
- "IDC" stands for "Independent Democratic Conference".
- "SF" stands for "Simcha Felder". Felder is an enrolled Democrat. From the beginning of his Senate tenure (in 2013) until 2019, he caucused with Senate Republicans. In early 2019, he did not caucus with either party. In July 2019, he joined the Senate Democratic Conference.
- Republican Catharine Young (District 57) resigned to take a job in the private sector.
- Simcha Felder joined the Senate Democratic Conference.
- Republican George Borrello (District 57) was sworn in as a member of the State Senate after winning a special election to fill the vacancy created by the March 2019 resignation of Catharine Young.
- Republican Bob Antonacci (District 50) resigned from office after being elected to a state court judgeship.
- Republican John Flanagan (District 2) resigned from office.
- Republican Chris Jacobs (District 60) resigned from office after being elected to Congress.
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