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New York Assembly Voter Guide 2018

     Election day is next Tuesday, and it is crucial that you get out and vote. The Autism Action Network subscribers have been asking where the candidates are on our issues. We do not endorse candidates. We can provide you with information on where the current members of the New York State Senate and Assembly stand on key vaccine bills that we have either worked for or against and you can use that information to decide.

     It is very difficult to determine where New York candidates stand on autism issues like special education funding and policy, OPWDD policy and funding, Medicaid policy, etc. Most autism and developmental disability decisions are buried in massive budget documents that the Governor submits and the legislature wrangles over for months. Once the deals are cut and outcomes are inevitable almost all members of both houses vote for the final budget. And there were no crucial stand-alone autism-related bills considered in the current legislative session. 

     There have been several key vaccine rights related bills in the Assembly this session. The following is a breakdown of what we know about the current Assembly incumbents seeking re-election on these bills. This information is provided to help you decide which, if any, incumbents you want to vote for.  We will be sending a separate document with information about incumbent Senators.

   You can look-up your State Senate and Assemblymember here:

 

http://capwiz.com/a-champ/dbq/officials/ 

 

    There is information for 5 bills. One we support, and four we oppose. 

A8123b, would eliminate the authority of public schools to deny religious exemptions, which we support.

     And four bills we oppose:

A933, would make HPV vaccines mandatory to attend school,

A1230, would make flu vaccines mandatory for pre-schoolers

A1810, would eliminate the religious exemption in New York,

A2469, would allow minors to receive shots for STDs without parental knowledge or consent.

 

     Abbreviations used in the chart: 

SP= Sponsor, The official who authored the bill

OP, Opposed, We have first-hand knowledge that the official opposes the bill

Co-S = Co-Sponsor, the official has taken a formal position endorsing the bill

? = The member is not a co-sponor but we are uncertain of their position. 

 

 

District

PARTY

First

Last

A8123b

A933

A2469

A1810

A1230

1

D

Fred 

Thiele, Jr.

Co-S

?

?

?

?

2

R

Anthony

Palumbo

Co-S

?

?

?

?

3

R

Dean

Murray

Co-S

?

?

?

?

4

D

Steve 

Englebright

?

?

?

?

?

5

R

Doug

Smith

Co-S

?

?

?

?

6

D

Phil 

Ramos

?

?

?

?

?

7

R

Andrew

Garbarino

Co-S

?

?

?

?

8

R

Michael

Fitzpatrick

Co-S

?

?

?

?

9

D

Christine

Pellegrino

Co-S

?

?

?

?

10

D

Steven

Stern

?

?

?

?

?

11

D

Kimberley

Jean-Pierre

OP

?

?

?

?

12

R

Andrew 

Raia

?

?

?

?

?

13

D

Charles

Lavine

OP

?

?

?

?

14

R

David 

McDonough

Co-S

?

?

?

?

15

R

Michael

Montesano

Co-S

?

?

?

?

16

D

Anthony

D'Urso

?

?

?

?

Co-S

17

R

John

Mikulin

Co-S

?

?

?

?

18

Vacant

Vacant

?

?

?

?

?

19

R

Edward

Ra

Co-S

?

?

?

?

20

R

Melissa

Miller

?

?

?

?

?

21

R

Brian

Curran

Co-S

?

?

?

?

22

D

Michaelle

Solages

?

?

?

?

?

23

D

Stacey

Pheffer Amato

?

?

?

?

?

24

D

David

Weprin

Co-S

?

?

?

?

25

D

Nily

Rozic

OP

?

?

?

?

26

D

Edward

Braunstein

OP

?

?

?

?

27

D

Daniel

Rosenthal

Co-S

?

?

?

?

28

D

Andrew 

Hevesi

OP

?

Co-S

?

?

29

D

Alicia

Hyndman

?

?

?

?

?

30

D

Brian

Barnwell

?

?

?

?

?

31

D

Michele

Titus

?

?

?

?

?

32

D

Vivian 

Cook

?

?

?

?

?

33

D

Clyde

Vanel

?

?

?

?

?

34

D

Michael

DenDekker

?

?

?

?

?

35

D

Jeffrion

Aubry

?

?

?

?

?

36

D

Aravella

Simotas

?

?

?

?

?

37

D

Catherine 

Nolan

OP

?

?

?

?

38

D

Michael

Miller

?

?

?

?

?

39

vacant

vacant

?

?

?

?

?

40

D

Ron

Kim

Co-S

?

?

?

?

41

D

Helene

Weinstein

?

?

?

?

?

42

D

Rodneyse

Bichotte

OP

?

?

?

?

43

D

Diana

Richardson

?

?

Co-S

Co-S

Co-S

44

D

Robert

Carroll

?

?

?

?

?

45

D

Steven

Cymbrowitz

OP

?

?

?

?

46

vacant

vacant

?

?

?

?

?

47

D

William

Colton

Co-S

?

?

?

?

48

D

Dov 

Hikind

?

?

?

?

?

49

D

Peter

Abbate, Jr.

Co-S

?

?

?

?

50

D

Joseph

Lentol

?

?

?

?

?

51

D

Felix 

Ortiz

?

Co-S

?

?

?

52

D

Joanne

Simon

OP

?

Co-S

?

?

53

D

Maritza

Davila

Co-S

?

?

?

?

54

D

Eric Martin

Dilan

?

?

?

?

?

55

D

Latrice

Walker

Co-S

?

?

?

?

56

D

Tremaine 

Wright

Co-S

?

Co-S

?

?

57

D

Walter

Mosley

OP

?

?

?

?

58

D

N. Nick 

Perry

?

?

Co-S

?

?

59

D

Jaime

Williams

Co-S

?

?

?

?

60

D

Charles

Barron

Co-S

?

?

?

?

62

R

Ronald

Castorina

?

?

?

?

?

63

D

Michael

Cusick

?

?

?

?

?

64

R

Nicole

Malliotakis

?

?

?

?

?

65

D

Yuh Line

Niou

?

?

?

?

?

66

D

Deborah

Glick

OP

?

?

Co-S

?

67

D

Linda

Rosenthal

OP

?

Co-S

?

?

68

D

Robert

Rodriquez

OP

?

?

?

?

69

D

Daniel

O'Donnell

?

?

?

?

?

70

D

Inez

Dickens

Co-S

?

?

?

?

71

D

Al 

Taylor

Co-S

?

?

?

Co-S

72

D

Carmen

De La Rosa

Co-S

?

?

?

?

73

D

Dan

Quart

OP

?

?

?

Co-S

74

D

Harvey

Epstein

Co-S

?

?

?

?

75

D

Richard 

Gottfried

SP

?

Co-S

?

?

76

D

Rebecca

Seawright

Co-S

?

?

?

?

77

D

Latoya

Joyner

Co-S

?

?

?

?

78

D

Jose 

Rivera

Co-S

?

?

?

?

79

D

Michael 

Blake

?

?

?

?

?

80

D

Nathalia

Fernadez

Co-S

?

?

?

?

81

D

Jeffrey 

Dinowitz

OP

Co-S

Co-S

SP

SP

82

D

Michael

Benedetto

Co-S

?

?

?

?

83

D

Carl

Heastie

?

?

?

?

?

84

D

Carmen 

Arroyo

Co-S

?

?

?

?

85

D

Marcos

Crespo

Co-S

?

?

?

?

86

D

Victor

Pichardo

Co-S

?

?

?

?

87

vacant

vacant

vacant

?

?

?

?

?

88

D

Amy 

Paulin

Co-S

SP

?

?

?

89

D

J. Gary 

Pretlow

?

?

?

?

?

91

D

Steven

Otis

?

?

?

?

?

92

D

Thomas

Abinanti

?

?

?

?

?

93

D

David

Buchwald

?

?

?

?

?

94

R

Kevin

Byrne

Co-S

?

?

?

?

95

D

Sandy 

Galef

?

?

?

?

?

96

D

Kenneth

Zebrowski

?

?

?

?

?

97

D

Ellen

Jaffee

OP

?

Co-S

?

?

98

R

Karl

Brabanec

?

?

?

?

?

99

D

James

Skoufis

OP

?

?

?

?

100

D

Aileen

Gunther

OP

Co-S

?

?

?

101

R

Brian

Miller

?

?

?

?

?

102

R

Chris

Tague

?

?

?

?

?

103

D

Kevin

Cahill

OP

?

?

?

?

104

vacant

vacant

vacant

?

?

?

?

?

105

R

Kieran M.

Lalor

?

?

?

?

?

106

D

Didi

Barrett

?

?

?

?

?

107

R

Jake 

Ashby

?

?

?

?

?

108

R

John

McDonald III

?

?

?

?

?

109

D

Patricia

Fahy

?

?

Co-S

?

?

110

D

Phil

Steck

OP

?

Co-S

?

?

111

D

Angelo

Santabarbara

?

?

?

?

?

112

R

Mary Beth

Walsh

?

?

?

?

?

113

D

Carrie

Woerner

?

?

?

?

?

114

R

Dan

Stec

?

?

?

?

?

115

D

D. Billy

Jones

OP

?

?

?

?

116

D

Addie

Jenne

OP

?

Co-S

?

?

117

R

Ken

Blakenbush

?

?

?

?

?

118

R

Marc 

Butler

?

?

?

?

?

119

D

vacant

vacant

?

?

?

?

?

120

R

William

Barclay

?

?

?

?

?

121

D

William

Magee

?

?

?

?

?

122

R

Clifford 

Crouch

?

?

?

?

?

123

D

Donna

Lupardo

?

?

?

?

?

124

R

Christopher

Friend

?

?

?

?

?

125

D

Barbara 

Lifton

OP

Co-S

?

?

?

126

R

Gary

Finch

?

?

?

?

?

127

D

Al

Stirpe

?

?

?

?

?

128

D

Pamela

Hunter

?

?

?

?

?

129

D

William

Magnarelli

?

?

?

?

?

130

R

Bob 

Oaks

?

?

?

?

?

131

R

Brian

Kolb

?

?

?

?

?

132

R

Philip

Palmesano

?

?

?

?

?

133

vacant

vacant

Co-S

?

?

?

?

134

R

Peter 

Lawrence

Co-S

?

?

?

?

135

R

Mark

Johns

?

?

?

?

?

136

D

Vacant

Vacant

?

?

?

?

?

137

D

David

Gantt

?

?

?

?

?

138

D

Harry

Bronson

?

?

Co-S

?

?

139

R

Stephen

Hawley

?

?

?

?

?

140

D

Robin 

Schimminger

?

?

?

?

?

141

D

William 

Peoples-Stokes

?

?

?

?

?

142

D

Erik 

Bohen

?

?

?

?

?

143

D

Monica

Wallace

OP

?

?

?

?

144

R

Michael

Norris

Co-S

?

?

?

?

145

R

Angelo

Morinello

Co-S

?

?

?

?

146

R

Raymond

Walter

?

?

?

?

?

147

R

David

DiPietro

?

?

?

?

?

148

R

Joseph

Giglio

?

?

?

?

?

149

D

Sean

Ryan

OP

?

?

?

?

150

R

Andy

Goodell

?

?

?

?

?