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152nd New York State Legislature

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152nd New York State Legislature
151st 153rd
The facade of the New York State Capitol building in bright daylight
Legislative bodyNew York State Legislature
JurisdictionNew York, United States
TermJanuary 1 – December 31, 1929
PresidentLt. Gov. Herbert H. Lehman (D)
Temporary PresidentJohn Knight (R)
Party controlRepublican (27–24)
SpeakerJoseph A. McGinnies (R)
Party controlRepublican (89–61)
1stJanuary 2 – March 28, 1929

The 152nd New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 2 to March 28, 1929, during the first year of Franklin D. Roosevelt's governorship, in Albany.


Under the provisions of the New York Constitution of 1894, re-apportioned in 1917, 51 Senators and 150 assemblymen were elected in single-seat districts; senators for a two-year term, assemblymen for a one-year term. The senatorial districts consisted either of one or more entire counties; or a contiguous area within a single county. The counties which were divided into more than one senatorial district were New York (nine districts), Kings (eight), Bronx (three), Erie (three), Monroe (two), Queens (two) and Westchester (two). The Assembly districts were made up of contiguous area, all within the same county.

At this time there were two major political parties: the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. The Socialist Party, the Workers Party and the Socialist Labor Party also nominated tickets.


The 1928 New York state election was held on November 6. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Herbert H. Lehman, both Democrats, were elected Governor and Lieutenant Governor. Of the other four statewide elective offices, two were carried by Democrats and two by Republicans. The approximate party strength at this election, as expressed by the vote for Governor, was: Democrats 2,130,000; Republicans 2,104,000; Socialists 102,000; Workers 11,000; and Socialist Labor 4,000.

Assemblywoman Rhoda Fox Graves (Rep.), of Gouverneur, a former school teacher who after her marriage became active in women's organisations and politics, was re-elected, and remained the only woman legislator.


The Legislature met for the regular session at the State Capitol in Albany on January 2, 1929; and adjourned on March 28.[1]

Joseph A. McGinnies (Rep.) was re-elected Speaker.

John Knight (Rep.) was re-elected Temporary President of the State Senate.

State Senate



Partisan composition of the Senate.
Partisan composition of the Senate.

The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued in office as members of this Legislature. Samuel H. Hofstadter, Cosmo A. Cilano, Fred J. Slater changed from the Assembly to the Senate.

Note: For brevity, the chairmanships omit the words "...the Committee on (the)..."

District Senator Party Notes
1st George L. Thompson* Republican re-elected
2nd Stephen F. Burkard* Democrat re-elected;
unsuccessfully contested by Joseph M. Conroy (R)[2]
3rd Alfred J. Kennedy* Democrat re-elected
4th Philip M. Kleinfeld* Democrat re-elected
5th Daniel F. Farrell* Democrat re-elected
6th Marcellus H. Evans* Democrat re-elected
7th John A. Hastings* Democrat re-elected
8th William L. Love* Democrat re-elected
9th Charles E. Russell* Democrat re-elected; on November 5, 1929, elected to the Brooklyn
City Court; resigned his seat on December 3, 1929
10th Jeremiah F. Twomey* Democrat re-elected
11th James J. Crawford Democrat
12th Elmer F. Quinn* Democrat re-elected
13th Thomas F. Burchill* Democrat re-elected
14th Bernard Downing* Democrat re-elected; Minority Leader
15th John L. Buckley* Democrat re-elected
16th Thomas I. Sheridan* Democrat re-elected
17th Samuel H. Hofstadter* Republican
18th Martin J. Kennedy* Democrat re-elected
19th Duncan T. O'Brien* Democrat re-elected
20th A. Spencer Feld* Democrat re-elected
21st Henry G. Schackno* Democrat re-elected
22nd Benjamin Antin* Democrat re-elected
23rd John J. Dunnigan* Democrat re-elected
24th Harry J. Palmer Democrat
25th Walter W. Westall* Republican re-elected
26th Seabury C. Mastick* Republican re-elected
27th Caleb H. Baumes* Republican re-elected
28th J. Griswold Webb* Republican re-elected
29th Arthur H. Wicks* Republican re-elected
30th William T. Byrne* Democrat re-elected
31st John F. Williams* Republican re-elected
32nd Thomas C. Brown* Republican re-elected; Chairman of Penal Institutions
33rd Henry E. H. Brereton* Republican re-elected
34th Warren T. Thayer* Republican re-elected
35th Henry I. Patrie Republican
36th Henry D. Williams* Republican re-elected
37th Perley A. Pitcher* Republican re-elected
38th George R. Fearon* Republican re-elected
39th John W. Gates* Republican re-elected
40th B. Roger Wales* Republican re-elected; died on November 25, 1929
41st Frank A. Frost Republican
42nd Charles J. Hewitt* Republican re-elected; Chairman of Finance
43rd Leon F. Wheatley* Republican re-elected
44th John Knight* Republican re-elected; re-elected Temporary President
45th Cosmo A. Cilano* Republican
46th Fred J. Slater* Republican
47th William W. Campbell* Republican re-elected
48th William J. Hickey* Republican re-elected
49th Stephen J. Wojtkowiak Democrat
50th Charles A. Freiberg* Republican re-elected; resigned in September 1929
and was elected Sheriff of Erie County
51st Leigh G. Kirkland* Republican re-elected


  • Clerk: A. Miner Wellman
  • Sergeant-at-Arms: Charles R. Hotaling
  • Stenographer: John K. Marshall

State Assembly


Note: For brevity, the chairmanships omit the words "...the Committee on (the)..."

District Assemblymen Party Notes
Albany 1st Elmer D. Gunn Republican
2nd John P. Hayes* Democrat
3rd Rudolph I. Roulier* Democrat
Allegany Cassius Congdon* Republican
Bronx 1st Nicholas J. Eberhard* Democrat
2nd William F. Smith* Democrat
3rd Julius S. Berg* Democrat
4th Herman M. Albert* Democrat
5th Harry A. Samberg* Democrat
6th Christopher C. McGrath* Democrat
7th John F. Reidy* Democrat
8th Joseph E. Kinsley* Democrat
Broome 1st Edmund B. Jenks* Republican
2nd Forman E. Whitcomb* Republican
Cattaraugus James W. Watson* Republican
Cayuga Chauncey D. Van Alstine* Republican
Chautauqua 1st Hubert E. V. Porter* Republican
2nd Joseph A. McGinnies* Republican re-elected Speaker
Chemung G. Archie Turner* Republican
Chenango Bert Lord* Republican
Clinton Charles D. Munsil* Republican
Columbia Henry M. James* Republican
Cortland Irving F. Rice* Republican
Delaware James R. Stevenson Republican
Dutchess 1st Howard N. Allen* Republican
2nd John M. Hackett* Republican
Erie 1st Charles J. Gimbrone* Republican
2nd William L. Marcy, Jr. Republican
3rd Frank X. Bernhardt* Republican
4th Anthony J. Canney Democrat
5th Ansley B. Borkowski* Republican
6th Howard W. Dickey* Republican
7th Arthur L. Swartz Republican
8th Nelson W. Cheney* Republican
Essex Fred L. Porter* Republican
Franklin John E. Redwood* Republican
Fulton and Hamilton Eberly Hutchinson* Republican Chairman of Ways and Means
Genesee Charles P. Miller* Republican
Greene Ellis W. Bentley* Republican
Herkimer William J. Thistlethwaite Republican
Jefferson Jasper W. Cornaire* Republican
Kings 1st Charles F. Cline* Democrat
2nd Murray Hearn* Democrat
3rd Michael J. Gillen* Democrat
4th George E. Dennen* Democrat
5th John J. Cooney* Democrat
6th Jacob J. Schwartzwald* Democrat
7th John J. Howard* Democrat
8th Robert E. Sweeney* Democrat
9th Richard J. Tonry* Democrat on November 5, 1929, elected an Alderman of NYC
10th William C. McCreery* Democrat
11th Edward J. Coughlin* Democrat
12th Edward S. Moran, Jr.* Democrat
13th William Breitenbach* Democrat
14th Jacob P. Nathanson* Democrat
15th Edward P. Doyle* Democrat
16th Maurice Z. Bungard* Democrat
17th Robert K. Story, Jr.* Republican
18th Irwin Steingut* Democrat
19th Jerome G. Ambro* Democrat
20th Frank A. Miller* Democrat
21st Joseph A. Esquirol* Democrat
22nd Jacob H. Livingston* Democrat
23rd Albert M. Cohen* Democrat
Lewis Clarence L. Fisher* Republican
Livingston A. Grant Stockweather* Republican
Madison Arthur A. Hartshorn* Republican
Monroe 1st Arthur T. Pammenter* Republican
2nd Harry J. McKay* Republican
3rd Haskell H. Marks Republican
4th Richard L. Saunders Republican
5th W. Ray Austin* Republican
Montgomery Rufus Richtmyer* Republican
Nassau 1st Edwin W. Wallace* Republican
2nd Edwin R. Lynde Republican
New York 1st Peter J. Hamill* Democrat
2nd Frank R. Galgano* Democrat
3rd Sylvester A. Dineen* Democrat
4th Samuel Mandelbaum* Democrat
5th Frank A. Carlin* Democrat
6th Louis J. Lefkowitz* Republican
7th Saul S. Streit* Democrat
8th Henry O. Kahan* Democrat
9th John H. Conroy* Democrat
10th Langdon W. Post Democrat
11th Maurice F. Cantor* Democrat
12th John A. Byrnes* Democrat
13th John P. Nugent* Democrat
14th Joseph T. Higgins* Democrat
15th Abbot Low Moffat Republican
16th Maurice Bloch* Democrat Minority Leader; died on December 5, 1929
17th Meyer Alterman* Democrat
18th Vincent H. Auleta* Democrat
19th Abraham Grenthal* Republican
20th Louis A. Cuvillier* Democrat
21st John W. Remer Republican
22nd Joseph A. Gavagan* Democrat on November 5, 1929, elected to the 71st U.S. Congress
23rd Alexander A. Falk* Democrat
Niagara 1st Fayette E. Pease Republican
2nd Roy Hewitt Republican
Oneida 1st Mark C. Kelly Dem./Soc.
2nd Russell G. Dunmore* Republican Majority Leader
3rd George J. Skinner* Republican
Onondaga 1st Horace M. Stone* Republican
2nd Willis H. Sargent* Republican
3rd Richard B. Smith* Republican
Ontario Robert A. Catchpole* Republican
Orange 1st DeWitt C. Dominick* Republican
2nd Alexander G. Hall* Republican
Orleans Frank H. Lattin* Republican
Oswego Victor C. Lewis* Republican
Otsego Frank M. Smith* Republican
Putnam D. Mallory Stephens* Republican
Queens 1st Carl Deutschmann* Democrat
2nd Frank B. Hendel* Democrat
3rd Charles W. Posthauer* Democrat
4th Robert J. Hunt Republican
5th Maurice A. FitzGerald Democrat
6th Paul P. Gallagher* Democrat contested by Raymond G. Pollard (R)[3]
Rensselaer 1st Michael F. Breen* Democrat
2nd Maurice Whitney* Republican
Richmond 1st Francis A. Hannigan* Democrat
2nd William L. Vaughan* Democrat
Rockland Walter S. Gedney* Republican
St. Lawrence 1st Rhoda Fox Graves* Republican
2nd Walter L. Pratt* Republican
Saratoga Burton D. Esmond* Republican
Schenectady 1st Charles W. Merriam* Republican
2nd William M. Nicoll* Republican
Schoharie Kenneth H. Fake* Rep./Soc.
Schuyler James A. Shepard* Republican
Seneca William H. Van Cleef* Republican
Steuben 1st Wilson Messer* Republican
2nd James T. Foody Rep./Dem.
Suffolk 1st John G. Downs* Republican
2nd Hamilton F. Potter Republican
Sullivan J. Maxwell Knapp Republican
Tioga Daniel P. Witter* Republican
Tompkins James R. Robinson* Republican
Ulster Millard Davis* Republican
Warren Paul L. Boyce* Republican
Washington Herbert A. Bartholomew* Republican
Wayne Harry A. Tellier* Republican
Westchester 1st Thomas Channing Moore Republican
2nd Herbert B. Shonk* Republican
3rd Milan E. Goodrich* Republican
4th Alexander H. Garnjost* Republican
5th William F. Condon* Republican
Wyoming Joe R. Hanley* Republican
Yates Edwin C. Nutt* Republican



  1. ^ ROOSEVELT SCORES "OPPOSITION" PARTY in The New York Times on March 29, 1929 (subscription required)
  2. ^ Burkhard's Right to Seat Upheld in The New York Times on March 26, 1929 (subscription required)
  3. ^ CONTEST FOR QUEENS SEATS in The New York Times on January 3, 1929 (subscription required)


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