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2016 Positions

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State Office Name Party Rating
NY U.S. House - 2 Andrew Garbarino Republican 73%
NY U.S. House - 11 Nicole Malliotakis Republican 73%
NY U.S. House - 13 Adriano Espaillat Democratic 38%
NY U.S. House - 22 Claudia Tenney Republican 88%
NY U.S. House - 25 Joe Morelle Democratic 54%
NY Lieutenant Governor Andrea Stewart-Cousins Democratic, Working Families 68%
NY State Assembly - 1 Fred Thiele, Jr. Democratic, Conservative, Independence, Working Families 42%
NY State Assembly - 4 Steve Englebright Democratic 37%
NY State Assembly - 6 Phil Ramos Democratic, Working Families 43%
NY State Assembly - 8 Michael Fitzpatrick Republican, Conservative, Independence 71%
NY State Assembly - 11 Kimberly Jean-Pierre Democratic, Independence, Working Families 43%
NY State Assembly - 13 Charles Lavine Democratic 37%
NY State Assembly - 14 David McDonough Conservative 88%
NY State Assembly - 15 Michael Montesano Republican, Conservative, Independence 88%
NY State Assembly - 19 Edward Ra Republican, Conservative, Independence, Tax Revolt 90%
NY State Assembly - 22 Michaelle Solages Democratic, Working Families 32%
NY State Assembly - 24 David Weprin Democratic 37%
NY State Assembly - 25 Nily Rozic Democratic, Working Families 32%
NY State Assembly - 26 Edward Braunstein Democratic, Independence 49%
NY State Assembly - 28 Andrew Hevesi Democratic 28%
NY State Assembly - 32 Vivian Cook Democratic, Liberal 27%
NY State Assembly - 35 Jeffrion Aubry Democratic, Liberal 32%
NY State Assembly - 37 Catherine Nolan Democratic 32%
NY State Assembly - 40 Ron Kim Democratic, Independence, Working Families 43%
NY State Assembly - 41 Helene Weinstein Democratic, Liberal 32%
NY State Assembly - 42 Rodneyse Bichotte Democratic, Working Families 28%
NY State Assembly - 45 Steven Cymbrowitz Democratic 37%
NY State Assembly - 47 William Colton Democratic, Working Families 32%
NY State Assembly - 49 Peter Abbate, Jr. Democratic, Independence 37%
NY State Assembly - 52 Jo Anne Simon Democratic 20%
NY State Assembly - 53 Maritza Davila Democratic 23%
NY State Assembly - 54 Erik Dilan Democratic 37%
NY State Assembly - 55 Latrice Walker Democratic 32%
NY State Assembly - 63 Michael Cusick Democratic 44%
NY State Assembly - 67 Linda Rosenthal Democratic 37%
NY State Assembly - 69 Daniel O'Donnell Democratic 32%
NY State Assembly - 70 Inez Dickens Democratic 48%
NY State Assembly - 73 Dan Quart Democratic 37%
NY State Assembly - 75 Dick Gottfried Democratic 32%
NY State Assembly - 76 Rebecca Seawright Democratic, Working Families 32%
NY State Assembly - 77 Latoya Joyner Democratic, Working Families 32%
NY State Assembly - 78 Jose Rivera Democratic, Working Families 32%
NY State Assembly - 81 Jeffrey Dinowitz Democratic 32%
NY State Assembly - 82 Michael Benedetto Democratic 49%
NY State Assembly - 83 Carl Heastie Democratic 37%
NY State Assembly - 88 Amy Paulin Democratic 37%
NY State Assembly - 89 Gary Pretlow, Sr. Democratic 37%
NY State Assembly - 91 Steve Otis Democratic, Independence, Working Families 32%
NY State Assembly - 92 Tom Abinanti Democratic, Independence 37%
NY State Assembly - 95 Sandy Galef Democratic 49%
NY State Assembly - 96 Kenneth Zebrowski, Jr. Democratic 49%
NY State Assembly - 98 Karl Brabenec Republican 100%
NY State Assembly - 100 Aileen Gunther Democratic 18%
NY State Assembly - 103 Kevin Cahill Democratic 37%
NY State Assembly - 105 Kieran Lalor Republican, Independence 78%
NY State Assembly - 106 Didi Barrett Democratic 32%
NY State Assembly - 108 John McDonald III Democratic, Independence 63%
NY State Assembly - 109 Patricia Fahy Democratic, Independence, Working Families 27%
NY State Assembly - 110 Phillip Steck Democratic, Independence, Working Families 37%
NY State Assembly - 111 Angelo Santabarbara Democratic, Conservative, Independence, Working Families, Lower Taxes 49%
NY State Assembly - 113 Carrie Woerner Democratic, Working Families 49%
NY State Assembly - 117 Kenneth Blankenbush Republican, Conservative 100%
NY State Assembly - 120 Will Barclay Republican 88%
NY State Assembly - 123 Donna Lupardo Democratic 42%
NY State Assembly - 124 Chris Friend Republican 83%
NY State Assembly - 127 Al Stirpe Democratic, Working Families 42%
NY State Assembly - 129 Bill Magnarelli Democratic 37%
NY State Assembly - 132 Phil Palmesano Republican, Conservative, Independence 100%
NY State Assembly - 138 Harry Bronson Democratic, Working Families 37%
NY State Assembly - 139 Steve Hawley Republican, Conservative, Independence 88%
NY State Assembly - 141 Crystal Peoples-Stokes Democratic, Working Families 32%
NY State Assembly - 147 Dave DiPietro Republican, Conservative 100%
NY State Assembly - 148 Joe Giglio Republican, Conservative, Independence 88%
NY State Assembly - 150 Andy Goodell Republican, Conservative, Change Albany 88%
NY State Senate - 1 Anthony Palumbo Republican 73%
NY State Senate - 4 Phil Boyle Republican 68%
NY State Senate - 9 Todd Kaminsky Democratic 68%
NY State Senate - 10 James Sanders, Jr. Democratic 44%
NY State Senate - 12 Michael Gianaris Democratic 58%
NY State Senate - 14 Leroy Comrie Democratic 38%
NY State Senate - 15 Joseph Addabbo, Jr. Democratic 53%
NY State Senate - 16 Toby Ann Stavisky Democratic 53%
NY State Senate - 17 Simcha Felder Democratic 90%
NY State Senate - 19 Roxanne Persaud Democratic 56%
NY State Senate - 21 Kevin Parker Democratic, Working Families 63%
NY State Senate - 23 Diane Savino Democratic, Working Families, Independence Party 58%
NY State Senate - 24 Andrew Lanza Republican 73%
NY State Senate - 26 Brian Kavanagh Democratic, Working Families 25%
NY State Senate - 27 Brad Hoylman Democratic, Working Families 28%
NY State Senate - 28 Liz Krueger Democratic, Working Families 28%
NY State Senate - 29 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 48%
NY State Senate - 32 Luis Sepulveda Democratic 32%
NY State Senate - 33 Gustavo Rivera Democratic, Working Families 48%
NY State Senate - 35 Andrea Stewart-Cousins Democratic, Working Families 68%
NY State Senate - 37 Shelley Mayer Democratic 37%
NY State Senate - 39 James Skoufis Democratic, Working Families, Reform, Women's Equality 32%
NY State Senate - 41 Sue Serino Republican, Conservative, Independence Party 88%
NY State Senate - 44 Neil Breslin Democratic, Working Families, Independence Party 68%
NY State Senate - 45 Dan Stec Republican 100%
NY State Senate - 47 Joseph Griffo Republican, Conservative, Independence Party 78%
State Office Name Party Rating
NY U.S. House - 2 Andrew Garbarino R 73%
NY U.S. House - 11 Nicole Malliotakis R 73%
NY U.S. House - 13 Adriano Espaillat D 38%
NY U.S. House - 22 Claudia Tenney R 88%
NY U.S. House - 25 Joe Morelle D 54%
NY Lieutenant Governor Andrea Stewart-Cousins Other 68%
NY State Assembly - 1 Fred Thiele, Jr. Other 42%
NY State Assembly - 4 Steve Englebright D 37%
NY State Assembly - 6 Phil Ramos Other 43%
NY State Assembly - 8 Michael Fitzpatrick Other 71%
NY State Assembly - 11 Kimberly Jean-Pierre Other 43%
NY State Assembly - 13 Charles Lavine D 37%
NY State Assembly - 14 David McDonough Other 88%
NY State Assembly - 15 Michael Montesano Other 88%
NY State Assembly - 19 Edward Ra Other 90%
NY State Assembly - 22 Michaelle Solages Other 32%
NY State Assembly - 24 David Weprin D 37%
NY State Assembly - 25 Nily Rozic Other 32%
NY State Assembly - 26 Edward Braunstein Other 49%
NY State Assembly - 28 Andrew Hevesi D 28%
NY State Assembly - 32 Vivian Cook Other 27%
NY State Assembly - 35 Jeffrion Aubry Other 32%
NY State Assembly - 37 Catherine Nolan D 32%
NY State Assembly - 40 Ron Kim Other 43%
NY State Assembly - 41 Helene Weinstein Other 32%
NY State Assembly - 42 Rodneyse Bichotte Other 28%
NY State Assembly - 45 Steven Cymbrowitz D 37%
NY State Assembly - 47 William Colton Other 32%
NY State Assembly - 49 Peter Abbate, Jr. Other 37%
NY State Assembly - 52 Jo Anne Simon D 20%
NY State Assembly - 53 Maritza Davila D 23%
NY State Assembly - 54 Erik Dilan D 37%
NY State Assembly - 55 Latrice Walker D 32%
NY State Assembly - 63 Michael Cusick D 44%
NY State Assembly - 67 Linda Rosenthal D 37%
NY State Assembly - 69 Daniel O'Donnell D 32%
NY State Assembly - 70 Inez Dickens D 48%
NY State Assembly - 73 Dan Quart D 37%
NY State Assembly - 75 Dick Gottfried D 32%
NY State Assembly - 76 Rebecca Seawright Other 32%
NY State Assembly - 77 Latoya Joyner Other 32%
NY State Assembly - 78 Jose Rivera Other 32%
NY State Assembly - 81 Jeffrey Dinowitz D 32%
NY State Assembly - 82 Michael Benedetto D 49%
NY State Assembly - 83 Carl Heastie D 37%
NY State Assembly - 88 Amy Paulin D 37%
NY State Assembly - 89 Gary Pretlow, Sr. D 37%
NY State Assembly - 91 Steve Otis Other 32%
NY State Assembly - 92 Tom Abinanti Other 37%
NY State Assembly - 95 Sandy Galef D 49%
NY State Assembly - 96 Kenneth Zebrowski, Jr. D 49%
NY State Assembly - 98 Karl Brabenec R 100%
NY State Assembly - 100 Aileen Gunther D 18%
NY State Assembly - 103 Kevin Cahill D 37%
NY State Assembly - 105 Kieran Lalor Other 78%
NY State Assembly - 106 Didi Barrett D 32%
NY State Assembly - 108 John McDonald III Other 63%
NY State Assembly - 109 Patricia Fahy Other 27%
NY State Assembly - 110 Phillip Steck Other 37%
NY State Assembly - 111 Angelo Santabarbara Other 49%
NY State Assembly - 113 Carrie Woerner Other 49%
NY State Assembly - 117 Kenneth Blankenbush Other 100%
NY State Assembly - 120 Will Barclay R 88%
NY State Assembly - 123 Donna Lupardo D 42%
NY State Assembly - 124 Chris Friend R 83%
NY State Assembly - 127 Al Stirpe Other 42%
NY State Assembly - 129 Bill Magnarelli D 37%
NY State Assembly - 132 Phil Palmesano Other 100%
NY State Assembly - 138 Harry Bronson Other 37%
NY State Assembly - 139 Steve Hawley Other 88%
NY State Assembly - 141 Crystal Peoples-Stokes Other 32%
NY State Assembly - 147 Dave DiPietro Other 100%
NY State Assembly - 148 Joe Giglio Other 88%
NY State Assembly - 150 Andy Goodell Other 88%
NY State Senate - 1 Anthony Palumbo R 73%
NY State Senate - 4 Phil Boyle R 68%
NY State Senate - 9 Todd Kaminsky D 68%
NY State Senate - 10 James Sanders, Jr. D 44%
NY State Senate - 12 Michael Gianaris D 58%
NY State Senate - 14 Leroy Comrie D 38%
NY State Senate - 15 Joseph Addabbo, Jr. D 53%
NY State Senate - 16 Toby Ann Stavisky D 53%
NY State Senate - 17 Simcha Felder D 90%
NY State Senate - 19 Roxanne Persaud D 56%
NY State Senate - 21 Kevin Parker Other 63%
NY State Senate - 23 Diane Savino Other 58%
NY State Senate - 24 Andrew Lanza R 73%
NY State Senate - 26 Brian Kavanagh Other 25%
NY State Senate - 27 Brad Hoylman Other 28%
NY State Senate - 28 Liz Krueger Other 28%
NY State Senate - 29 José Serrano Other 48%
NY State Senate - 32 Luis Sepulveda D 32%
NY State Senate - 33 Gustavo Rivera Other 48%
NY State Senate - 35 Andrea Stewart-Cousins Other 68%
NY State Senate - 37 Shelley Mayer D 37%
NY State Senate - 39 James Skoufis Other 32%
NY State Senate - 41 Sue Serino Other 88%
NY State Senate - 44 Neil Breslin Other 68%
NY State Senate - 45 Dan Stec R 100%
NY State Senate - 47 Joseph Griffo Other 78%
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