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2012 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
NY U.S. House - 1 Lee Zeldin Republican 94%
NY U.S. House - 6 Grace Meng Democratic 37%
NY U.S. House - 8 Hakeem Jeffries Democratic 31%
NY U.S. House - 11 Nicole Malliotakis Republican 75%
NY U.S. House - 13 Adriano Espaillat Democratic 43%
NY U.S. House - 22 Claudia Tenney Republican 88%
NY U.S. House - 25 Joe Morelle Democratic 88%
NY State Assembly - 1 Fred Thiele, Jr. Democratic, Conservative, Independence, Working Families 55%
NY State Assembly - 4 Steve Englebright Democratic 45%
NY State Assembly - 6 Phil Ramos Democratic, Working Families 39%
NY State Assembly - 8 Michael Fitzpatrick Republican, Conservative, Independence 100%
NY State Assembly - 13 Charles Lavine Democratic 41%
NY State Assembly - 14 David McDonough Republican, Conservative, Independence 83%
NY State Assembly - 15 Michael Montesano Republican, Conservative, Independence 93%
NY State Assembly - 19 Edward Ra Republican, Conservative, Independence, Tax Revolt 76%
NY State Assembly - 24 David Weprin Democratic 34%
NY State Assembly - 26 Edward Braunstein Democratic, Independence 41%
NY State Assembly - 28 Andrew Hevesi Democratic 58%
NY State Assembly - 32 Vivian Cook Democratic, Liberal 43%
NY State Assembly - 35 Jeffrion Aubry Democratic, Liberal 34%
NY State Assembly - 37 Catherine Nolan Democratic 37%
NY State Assembly - 41 Helene Weinstein Democratic, Liberal 41%
NY State Assembly - 45 Steven Cymbrowitz Democratic 45%
NY State Assembly - 47 William Colton Democratic, Working Families 37%
NY State Assembly - 49 Peter Abbate, Jr. Democratic, Independence 34%
NY State Assembly - 63 Michael Cusick Democratic 56%
NY State Assembly - 66 Deborah Glick Democratic 34%
NY State Assembly - 67 Linda Rosenthal Democratic 45%
NY State Assembly - 69 Daniel O'Donnell Democratic 41%
NY State Assembly - 75 Dick Gottfried Democratic 45%
NY State Assembly - 78 Jose Rivera Democratic, Working Families 39%
NY State Assembly - 81 Jeffrey Dinowitz Democratic 34%
NY State Assembly - 82 Michael Benedetto Democratic 45%
NY State Assembly - 83 Carl Heastie Democratic 44%
NY State Assembly - 88 Amy Paulin Democratic 34%
NY State Assembly - 89 Gary Pretlow, Sr. Democratic 41%
NY State Assembly - 92 Tom Abinanti Democratic, Independence 27%
NY State Assembly - 95 Sandy Galef Democratic 56%
NY State Assembly - 100 Aileen Gunther Democratic 67%
NY State Assembly - 103 Kevin Cahill Democratic 37%
NY State Assembly - 117 Kenneth Blankenbush Republican, Conservative 88%
NY State Assembly - 120 Will Barclay Republican 88%
NY State Assembly - 123 Donna Lupardo Democratic 60%
NY State Assembly - 124 Chris Friend Republican 88%
NY State Assembly - 129 Bill Magnarelli Democratic 50%
NY State Assembly - 132 Phil Palmesano Republican, Conservative, Independence 93%
NY State Assembly - 138 Harry Bronson Democratic, Working Families 41%
NY State Assembly - 139 Steve Hawley Republican, Conservative, Independence 100%
NY State Assembly - 141 Crystal Peoples-Stokes Democratic, Working Families 37%
NY State Assembly - 148 Joe Giglio Republican, Conservative, Independence 89%
NY State Assembly - 150 Andy Goodell Republican, Conservative, Change Albany 93%
NY State Senate - 4 Phil Boyle Republican 89%
NY State Senate - 12 Michael Gianaris Democratic 62%
NY State Senate - 15 Joseph Addabbo, Jr. Democratic 46%
NY State Senate - 16 Toby Ann Stavisky Democratic 43%
NY State Senate - 21 Kevin Parker Democratic, Working Families 58%
NY State Senate - 23 Diane Savino Democratic, Working Families, Independence Party 54%
NY State Senate - 24 Andrew Lanza Republican 79%
NY State Senate - 26 Brian Kavanagh Democratic, Working Families 45%
NY State Senate - 28 Liz Krueger Democratic, Working Families 46%
NY State Senate - 29 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 46%
NY State Senate - 33 Gustavo Rivera Democratic, Working Families 53%
NY State Senate - 35 Andrea Stewart-Cousins Democratic, Working Families 46%
NY State Senate - 44 Neil Breslin Democratic, Working Families, Independence Party 46%
NY State Senate - 47 Joseph Griffo Republican, Conservative, Independence Party 83%
NY State Senate - 48 Patty Ritchie Republican, Conservative, Independence Party 83%
NY State Senate - 49 Jim Tedisco Republican, Conservative, Independence, Reform 89%
NY State Senate - 58 Thomas O'Mara Republican, Conservative, Independence Party 93%
NY State Senate - 59 Patrick Gallivan Republican, Conservative, Independence Party 94%
NY State Senate - 63 Timothy Kennedy Democratic, Working Families, Independence Party 64%
NY Secretary of State Robert Rodriguez Democratic 37%
NY Mayor - At-Large Eric Adams Democratic 58%
NY Supervisor - At-Large Bill Reilich 88%
NY Council Member - 21 Francisco Moya Democratic 39%
NY Legislator - 13 Tom McKevitt 93%
James Alesi 89%
George Amedore, Jr. 93%
Carmen Arroyo 26%
Tony Avella 46%
Greg Ball 75%
Inez Barron 0%
John Bonacic 90%
William Boyland, Jr. 34%
James Brennan 50%
Alec Brook-Krasny 37%
Daniel Burling 79%
Marc Butler 64%
Nancy Calhoun 93%
Karim Camara 34%
Ronald Canestrari 45%
David Carlucci 69%
Robert Castelli 65%
Nelson Castro 34%
John Ceretto 88%
Barbara Clark 48%
James Conte 89%
Jane Corwin 93%
Marcos Crespo 42%
Clifford Crouch 93%
Brian Curran 76%
State Office Name Party Rating
NY U.S. House - 1 Lee Zeldin R 94%
NY U.S. House - 6 Grace Meng D 37%
NY U.S. House - 8 Hakeem Jeffries D 31%
NY U.S. House - 11 Nicole Malliotakis R 75%
NY U.S. House - 13 Adriano Espaillat D 43%
NY U.S. House - 22 Claudia Tenney R 88%
NY U.S. House - 25 Joe Morelle D 88%
NY State Assembly - 1 Fred Thiele, Jr. Other 55%
NY State Assembly - 4 Steve Englebright D 45%
NY State Assembly - 6 Phil Ramos Other 39%
NY State Assembly - 8 Michael Fitzpatrick Other 100%
NY State Assembly - 13 Charles Lavine D 41%
NY State Assembly - 14 David McDonough Other 83%
NY State Assembly - 15 Michael Montesano Other 93%
NY State Assembly - 19 Edward Ra Other 76%
NY State Assembly - 24 David Weprin D 34%
NY State Assembly - 26 Edward Braunstein Other 41%
NY State Assembly - 28 Andrew Hevesi D 58%
NY State Assembly - 32 Vivian Cook Other 43%
NY State Assembly - 35 Jeffrion Aubry Other 34%
NY State Assembly - 37 Catherine Nolan D 37%
NY State Assembly - 41 Helene Weinstein Other 41%
NY State Assembly - 45 Steven Cymbrowitz D 45%
NY State Assembly - 47 William Colton Other 37%
NY State Assembly - 49 Peter Abbate, Jr. Other 34%
NY State Assembly - 63 Michael Cusick D 56%
NY State Assembly - 66 Deborah Glick D 34%
NY State Assembly - 67 Linda Rosenthal D 45%
NY State Assembly - 69 Daniel O'Donnell D 41%
NY State Assembly - 75 Dick Gottfried D 45%
NY State Assembly - 78 Jose Rivera Other 39%
NY State Assembly - 81 Jeffrey Dinowitz D 34%
NY State Assembly - 82 Michael Benedetto D 45%
NY State Assembly - 83 Carl Heastie D 44%
NY State Assembly - 88 Amy Paulin D 34%
NY State Assembly - 89 Gary Pretlow, Sr. D 41%
NY State Assembly - 92 Tom Abinanti Other 27%
NY State Assembly - 95 Sandy Galef D 56%
NY State Assembly - 100 Aileen Gunther D 67%
NY State Assembly - 103 Kevin Cahill D 37%
NY State Assembly - 117 Kenneth Blankenbush Other 88%
NY State Assembly - 120 Will Barclay R 88%
NY State Assembly - 123 Donna Lupardo D 60%
NY State Assembly - 124 Chris Friend R 88%
NY State Assembly - 129 Bill Magnarelli D 50%
NY State Assembly - 132 Phil Palmesano Other 93%
NY State Assembly - 138 Harry Bronson Other 41%
NY State Assembly - 139 Steve Hawley Other 100%
NY State Assembly - 141 Crystal Peoples-Stokes Other 37%
NY State Assembly - 148 Joe Giglio Other 89%
NY State Assembly - 150 Andy Goodell Other 93%
NY State Senate - 4 Phil Boyle R 89%
NY State Senate - 12 Michael Gianaris D 62%
NY State Senate - 15 Joseph Addabbo, Jr. D 46%
NY State Senate - 16 Toby Ann Stavisky D 43%
NY State Senate - 21 Kevin Parker Other 58%
NY State Senate - 23 Diane Savino Other 54%
NY State Senate - 24 Andrew Lanza R 79%
NY State Senate - 26 Brian Kavanagh Other 45%
NY State Senate - 28 Liz Krueger Other 46%
NY State Senate - 29 José Serrano Other 46%
NY State Senate - 33 Gustavo Rivera Other 53%
NY State Senate - 35 Andrea Stewart-Cousins Other 46%
NY State Senate - 44 Neil Breslin Other 46%
NY State Senate - 47 Joseph Griffo Other 83%
NY State Senate - 48 Patty Ritchie Other 83%
NY State Senate - 49 Jim Tedisco Other 89%
NY State Senate - 58 Thomas O'Mara Other 93%
NY State Senate - 59 Patrick Gallivan Other 94%
NY State Senate - 63 Timothy Kennedy Other 64%
NY Secretary of State Robert Rodriguez D 37%
NY Mayor - At-Large Eric Adams D 58%
NY Supervisor - At-Large Bill Reilich 88%
NY Council Member - 21 Francisco Moya D 39%
NY Legislator - 13 Tom McKevitt 93%
James Alesi 89%
George Amedore, Jr. 93%
Carmen Arroyo 26%
Tony Avella 46%
Greg Ball 75%
Inez Barron 0%
John Bonacic 90%
William Boyland, Jr. 34%
James Brennan 50%
Alec Brook-Krasny 37%
Daniel Burling 79%
Marc Butler 64%
Nancy Calhoun 93%
Karim Camara 34%
Ronald Canestrari 45%
David Carlucci 69%
Robert Castelli 65%
Nelson Castro 34%
John Ceretto 88%
Barbara Clark 48%
James Conte 89%
Jane Corwin 93%
Marcos Crespo 42%
Clifford Crouch 93%
Brian Curran 76%
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