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161st New York State Legislature

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161st New York State Legislature
160th 162nd
The facade of the New York State Capitol building in bright daylight
JurisdictionNew York, United States
TermJanuary 1 – December 31, 1938
PresidentLt. Gov. M. William Bray (D)
Temporary PresidentJohn J. Dunnigan (D)
Party controlDemocratic (29–22)
SpeakerOswald D. Heck (R)
Party controlRepublican (84–61–5)
1stJanuary 5 – March 19,[1] 1938

The 161st New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 5 to March 19, 1938, during the sixth year of Herbert H. Lehman's governorship, in Albany.

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(gentle music) - Ladies and gentleman please join me in welcoming the President of San Jose State University, Mary Papazian. (audience applauding) - Thank you, Stefan. It is an honor to be introduced by a fellow Bruin, so thank you. Let me also acknowledge and thank Associated Students President Ariadna Manzo, who, as you heard, is in class right now, doing what students are here to do. But I had the pleasure of watching her in front of 16 orientations. She was at all 16, I wasn't quite that many, and she was extraordinary, so I know, students, you are in for a great year. And good afternoon and welcome to all of you. I am heartened to see you here and to those of you who are watching on the live stream, thank you for joining us. It is a beautiful day in San Jose and I wish you could join us in person. I also wish that I could jump right into my prepared remarks. But in the aftermath of recent national and international events, I just can't. And I just want to take just a brief moment, to just speak to those events. What unfolded two weekends ago in Charlottesville and is very much unfolding in different ways in different parts of our country was jarring to the eyes and searing to the soul. We were reminded that human decency remains under attack by forces seeking to rip apart the fabric of respect and inclusivity that bonds civil societies. I reject the notion, advanced by some, that the protest at the University of Virginia was about preserving historical artifacts or even First Amendment rights. Our values compel us to protect the constitutional right of all community members to express views that may be hurtful or even repugnant to others. But our values also compel us to reject discrimination and hatred, especially when it is cloaked in the false equivalence of political disagreement. The California ACLU said it pretty well in a statement last week. "White Supremacist Violence is not free speech." Violence is not speech. Today, I want to assure you that we stand with the University of Virginia, the people of Charlottesville, and all communities in renouncing bigotry, racism, and religious intolerance. It is a time of such dispiriting divisiveness, let us all unite around our shared values, which include creating space for spirited and difficult conversations, and respecting diverse views and perspectives. I know we are up to the challenge. (audience applauding) And now, back to the script. I have to say, the summer flew by. Weren't we just together on Tower lawn for an investiture? That was 16 weeks ago. 52 weeks ago today, we gathered in this ballroom for my first fall welcome address as your president. That was also the first opportunity for many of you to meet my husband Dennis, who is with us today. Dennis, just stand up and wave. (audience applauding) And some of you have met our daughters, Ani and Marie. Now, Ani remains on the east coast, working at Mass General Hospital in Boston while applying to med schools, but Marie is with us today. Marie, why don't you stand and wave too. (audience applauding) And it's great to have you here, because this actually is something of a poignant moment for our family. Dennis and I soon are to be empty-nesters, like so many of the parents who joined us this weekend, dropping off their children here at San Jose State. In fact, Marie and I will be leaving tomorrow morning for New York City, where she will begin her college career as a freshman next week. And while that... You can congratulate her. (audience applauding) We're very proud of her. And while that is somewhat bittersweet for us as parents, it makes the issues we will discuss today much less abstract. When we talk about student success, we are talking about real people, our sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, guardians and friends. And so, we celebrate the start of a new academic year mindful of the values that have served this university as its North Star for 160 years. Intellectual curiosity. Integrity. Tireless devotion to students. Think for a moment about this, 160 years. That's a lot of tradition, many milestones, and so much promise. And whether you are a faculty member or staff member, a development officer or police officer, please remember, we are part of something larger than ourselves. We are the stewards of San Jose State's legacy, and the guardians of its future. And it continues to amaze me, the wonder of a daughter of immigrants, a humanist, a scholar of English literature leading the public university in the epicenter of the tech universe. You guys laugh. See, they laugh? They laugh, yeah. English and engineering. Poetry and particle science. John Donne and Steve Jobs. Now what do they have to do with each other? Some of you may say not very much, but, but, I always like something that's different. This afternoon, I hope you will come to see that the keys to our future sit squarely at those intersections and others like them. I also hope you will come to see that this future is very much the present. 2030. 2040. Those dates once seemed far away, didn't they? But today, they are just around the corner. Now think of it or a minute. On the reality that the children born this year will be 83 at the turn of the next century, in 2100, the 22nd century. And with the advances in medicine we see every day, they most likely will be a very healthy 83-year-old. Imagine what they will see in their lifetime, what they will see as they move from elementary to middle and high school, and finally, reach us at San Jose State, 18 years from now. And when will that be? In 2035. They will be the class of 2039. As I said, the future is very much upon us. And with this broader framework, I would like us to cast our eyes outward at what is happening beyond our campus borders. It is neither is wise nor productive to live or plan in a vacuum. And so, my hope today is to launch a dialogue about the inevitability of change and what it can mean to embrace change. I want to begin to outline a roadmap for strategic planning and other priorities for the year ahead. And I want to ask us to imagine a 21st century curriculum that taps into the minds and hearts of all of our students. And let me start by saying that after a year as your president, I am more confident than ever that with open minds and willing hearts, there is little we can't do. We can transform the lives and destinies of our students. We can help power the reinvention of our valley. We have been doing this and much more for our long history. And so, we begin this academic year with some wind at our backs. We have welcomed, as you heard, our largest-ever class of first-year and transfer students, more than 9,000 strong. And with an estimated 15,000 students living within three miles of campus, we assuredly are not a commuter school any more. Let there be no doubt. San Jose State is a destination campus. (audience applauding) Thanks to all of you. We expect to add 55 tenure and tenure-track faculty positions this year, in the wake of 187 successful recruitments since 2014, the largest in the CSU. (audience applauding) And as a result, our tenure density, a measure of academic quality, is slowly rising. Having attracted more than $73 million in private gifts and commitments since 2015, we are ready to intensify planning for our next comprehensive campaign. And just this week, we announced a commitment of $2.5 million from alumna Gloria Chiang and her husband Michael to endow need-based scholarships for business students and fund other career planning programs. That deserves a round of applause. (audience applauding) Four and six-year graduation rates are rising. We have been recognized as one of America's top universities for fueling the upward economic and social mobility of our students. The Sierra Club this week ranked San Jose State among the nation's 50 most sustainable universities. We officially are a cool School, and we need that branding out there. With the development of our Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, we are better equipped to embrace the true meaning of diversity and inclusion. We continue to deepen relationships in local, state and federal government and forge connections with industry, public policy and non-profit partners. I'm reminded of something Steve Jobs said. "Great things never are done by one person. "They're done by teams." We are a good team, and a big team, with nearly 35,000 students, 5,000 faculty and staff members, 270,000 living alumni, and countless friends. Let us take a moment to acknowledge our team. Big round of applause for all of you. (audience applauding) Now, class schedules make it hard for students and faculty members to break away for this address. But I would like any students with us today to stand so that we can welcome you and express our appreciation. You are why we are here. So, students, please stand. (audience applauding) Thank you. I would also like to invite faculty in attendance to stand and remain standing for a moment. So all faculty. (audience applauding) And if you are among the 63 new faculty members joining us this fall, would you wave so we can give you a special Spartan welcome? Some of our new faculty. (audience applauding) Welcome. Without a dedicated staff, not much gets done. So I would like to invite all staff members in attendance to stand. Staff, please stand. (audience applauding) And if you have joined San Jose State since August, if you don't mind waving, so we know who you are and can thank you for joining us. (audience applauding) Welcome. Thank you. And l et me now introduce our newest academic and administrative leaders, and please hold your applause until I've finished. First, the Don Beall Dean of the Davidson College of Engineering, Dr. Sheryl Ehrman. Sheryl comes to San Jose State from the University of Maryland. Next, the Dean of the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business, Dr. Dan Moshavi. For Dan, this is a homecoming. He was a San Jose State faculty member in the late 2000s. Sheryl, welcome. And Dan, welcome home. Thank you. (audience applauding) Two members of the president's cabinet have joined our community since last fall. Vice President for Organizational Development and Chief of Staff, Jaye Bailey, arrived here from Connecticut last October. Jaye qualifies as a newcomer even though her one-year anniversary is less than two months away. And Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Bob Lim, joined us just eight weeks ago. Bob most recently served at the University of Kansas and in the Texas public university system, but he has deep roots in the Bay Area and attended San Francisco State. And I am also pleased to welcome Marie Tuite in her new role as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. Thank you. (audience applauding) And I would like the rest of the cabinet to stand for just a moment, just the rest of you if you don't mind, just for a minute. I see you up here in front. I'm grateful to this group for its leadership and commitment. Let's give them a round of applause. (audience applauding) And if you could ask Dr. Reggie Blaylock to remain standing, I'd appreciate it. We just heard that Reggie, and some of you know, Reggie recently announced that he will be leaving San Jose State this fall to return with his family to his home town of San Diego. Reggie and his wife Felicia both have immediate and extended family there. And one of their daughters is a second-year student at San Diego State. As our Vice President for Student Affairs since 2015, Reggie has tackled his work with the same determination, boundless energy and infectious enthusiasm that made him a star student-athlete. Reggie, we thank you for your unwavering commitment to students and the many ways you have enhanced our capacity to serve them. You always will be a part of the Spartan family. Thank you so much. (audience applauding) So as we begin our 161st year, what is happening beyond our campus borders that might inform our own work? According to author Thomas Friedman, society is in the midst of a second Renaissance, driven by curiosity and imagination, and accelerated by the power of technology. The evidence is all around us. Driverless cars. Robots that may have figured out how to communicate with each other. Smartphones that we use an average of 85 times a day, at least that's what TechCrunch thinks. I actually think it's probably higher. Some of you maybe wearing it now. No, you wouldn't be. Wearable devices like the Apple watch. And who knows what's around the bend? And speaking of Apple, my cabinet and I visited their Cupertino headquarters last week to see some of what they are doing in the education space and to share a bit about what is happening here. It was an eye-popping reminder that operating at the speed of paper makes little sense when there are opportunities to move at the speed of innovation. And I was reminded of another observation from Thomas Friedman. There are two times to embrace change, now, and later. Sitting squarely in the heart of Silicon Valley, it is hard to ignore the drumbeat of change. We hear it from leaders in tech, healthcare, education, business, the arts, and sports. And as the valley's leading academic institution and its top source of college-educated talent, San Jose State is vital to the future of a region that is vital to the future of our society. And we hear the same thing from our friends in government. The city of San Jose is negotiating with Google to bring a mixed-use urban development to the area near the Diridon transit center, bringing as many as 20,000 jobs and associated economic development to town. City planners are figuring out how and where to integrate two BART stations, one of my favorite topics, into the center of our downtown. City and county leaders are struggling to address a serious housing shortage and a persistent homeless crisis. And we experience the impacts of both every day. California will need another million to a million-and-a-half college educated workers by 2025, which is just around the corner, and policymakers are beseeching public universities to graduate more students in less time. Everywhere we turn, we hear the same thing, "Please help us!" And that is precisely what we should want to hear. So the question before us is this. Are we willing and ready to help reinvent our region? I am confident the answer is yes, and I would think it's an enthusiastic yes. And why would we not? It is our students who will help meet those workforce demands. And today's students are tomorrow's innovators. And preparing our students for these opportunities obliges us to reimagine how we educate and support them. I want to just take a quick survey. If you studied the humanities, social science or the arts, please raise your hand. All the humanist come for us. Thank you. Now, now, if you studied a STEM discipline, that is science, technology, engineering or math, please raise your hand. Another half of the room, thank you. So, I like to read. I'm a literature professor, so I do a lot of reading. And this summer, I read The Fuzzy and the Techie by Scott Hartley. A catchy title, but what does it really mean? The title refers to common vernacular at Stanford, where students in the humanities, arts and soft sciences are fuzzies, and STEM students are techies. Now, Hartley was a fuzzy in a techie culture. He grew up in Palo Alto, studied political science at Stanford, and worked at Google and Facebook before going to grad school and later becoming a venture capitalist. Now, I'm a fuzzy, too, which, on its face, might sound unflattering. But a question for the fuzzies here today, were you ever asked how you planned to use your degree? I see some nodding heads. By a parent, perhaps? I know I was. Now, Hartley has done just fine as a fuzzy. Today he advises venture funds while serving on the Council of Foreign Relations. His book examines the impact and importance of soft skills, instilled by the liberal arts, on technology. Today, I want to focus on just a couple of his themes. First, Hartley argues that fuzzies are critical to unleashing the power of techie-inspired tools. He cites Steve Jobs' conviction, and you all know this one, "Technology married with liberal arts, "married with the humanities, "yields the results that make our hearts sing." Second, Hartley calls the traditional divide between STEM and the liberal arts a false dichotomy. And this was a similar theme in a conversation in which I participated through the Business Higher Education Forum in Washington, DC earlier this summer. He writes, "The debate over STEM versus liberal arts "has obscured the fact that the so-called pure sciences, "biology, chemistry, physics and math, "are in fact a core component of the liberal arts canon." And computer science, actually, has been added to the canon as well. So students, he believes, can and should be exposed to both. Implied in that dichotomy is the notion, perhaps a hidden fear for some of us fuzzies, that the liberal arts aren't relevant to STEM education and we hear so much about STEM education today, and have no meaningful place in an innovation economy. But fuzzies, take heart, as Hartley reminds us, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman studied philosophy at Oxford. So, there is something you can do with a philosophy major Pinterest founder Ben Silbermann studied political science at Yale. The co-founder of Salesforce studied English literature. You'd know I'd find a way to slip that in. And former HP chief executive, Carly Fiorina, studied medieval history and philosophy. Hartley says "These tech exemplars are grounded in educations "that taught methods of interrogation and rigorous thought, "while many technology companies "formed on these philosophies "that are learned through liberal arts educations." Now he also cites a 2015 study suggesting that the fastest growth in high-skilled jobs is in professions demanding strong interpersonal skills, like nursing and business management, and you can come up with a whole list. Hartley does not think that techies are less important than fuzzies, nor does he suggest that STEM students should switch to a fuzzy major, and neither do I. But he does urge universities, particularly as we hear all around us, the need for STEM education. We also should embrace the liberal arts in preparing all students to thrive in an innovation-based economy and make hearts sing at work, at home, and in their communities, and so do I. And we know, here at San Jose State, how to do this. We have models all around us. I'm just gonna mention a couple. Professor Craig Hobbs' Paseo Prototyping work blends engineering and marketing. Professor Alejandro Garcia has shown the world how to apply the laws of physics to animation design. Professor Fritz Yambrach has applied packaging technology and supply chain management to the life-sustaining mission of delivering water where it is most desperately needed. Our simulation lab allows nursing students to engage in life-like, hands-on patient instruction. And our general education requirements already include some immersion in the liberal arts. But based on what is happening around us, could we think about doing even more, and perhaps doing it more intentionally? How about a first-year experience, student experience program that is steeped in the liberal arts? How about a senior-year capstone project that demonstrates evidence of critical thinking, communication skills, and other forms of creative expression? And while we're at it, how about adding coding to all majors? Trust me, it's fun. Might steps like these help us prepare students to be both job-ready and world-ready? Now, vision and ideas abound. Sometimes my cabinet says I have too many of them, but they laughed. See, they laughed. But what else is possible? And what else might we do? There are many reasons to ask this of ourselves. Needs across our university exceed available resources. We are reliant on outdated, inefficient, cumbersome procedures and protocols. Too few of our students are completing their degrees on time, while too many face housing and food insecurity. Issues like these, as well as prior leadership turnover, may have left some of you dispirited, or a little weary about the future. And I know that some of you may be unsettled by the prospect of change, but let me offer another view. Lupe Diaz Compean, for whom this Student Union is named, made an extraordinary $15 million gift to San Jose State. She told a university gathering a year ago that, quote, "it's no big deal, you can do it too." Now, some misinterpreted her to be saying that any of us could make an eight-figure gifts. Of course if you can do that, please speak to me or Paul Lanning right away. But in fact, that wasn't Lupe's point. She was trying to say that we all can support students and our mission in whatever ways inspire us. So today, I want to suggest that each of us can follow Lupe's lead by being open to change, to meaningful, enduring change. We are about to begin work, as you heard, on a new strategic plan. And some of you have heard me say that I believe we should look at a 10-year horizon, if not longer. And I'm well aware that the process by which the previous five-year plan was conceived left some of you dissatisfied. That said, this campus advanced significantly over the last five years. And I hope you will take a moment to look at the summary report that has been published online. And I hope we can all embrace the progress that was made and, informed by lessons learned, move forward. And let me tell you what we will have to do to ensure that those lessons aren't forgotten. We will gather on September 14 for a public strategic planning kickoff, followed shortly thereafter by a series of workshops that will provide input for further study. We will proceed with a sense of urgency, but we will not be rushed. This will be our journey, not a sprint. Our work will continue through the winter, with a draft plan published next spring for community input. Co-chaired by Provost Andy Feinstein and Senate Chair Stef Frazier, the process will be guided by a campus steering committee and aided by an experienced facilitator. There will be many opportunities for campus and community input. We will be transparent and inclusive. A website has been created where you will be able to monitor updates and track progress. But more than the planning itself, I am confident in our ability to make transformative changes in the best interests of our students. And I urge all of you to find as many ways to have your voice heard as we create the roadmap for the future. Now here's why I'm so confident. To me, institutions are best positioned for change when their leaders reflect the characteristics and values of those they serve. We know that San Jose State is one of America's most diverse public universities. And one benchmark of diversity is gender equity. Now, many institutions in Silicon Valley struggle with this, as news coverage reminds us nearly every day. According to a report issued in 2015, women held only 11% of executive positions in Silicon Valley. The numbers were comparable for CEO's. Two years later, little seems to have changed. This June, ridesharing company Lyft issued a diversity report revealing that men occupied two thirds of its executive and managerial positions. They aren't alone. The other day, I did an internet search using the phrase "gender equity in Silicon Valley." And what do you think I found? Well, the top result was a story in The Atlantic entitled Why is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women? Well, I'm proud to... I can't answer that one, but I am proud to say that things look quite different at Silicon Valley's public university. This year's Associated Student board has 10 women and six men. Among the nine elected academic Senate executive committee representatives, four are women, and four are men. That only adds up to eight. I know you did the math. One seat is unfilled, so anybody, Stef, we need to try to fill that, don't we? Good public service announcement. And you might have noticed that our president's cabinet has five men and five women. Now, I do not believe that numbers alone prove anything. In fact, we know that diversity is measured by many factors other than gender. We also know that this campus at times has struggled with issues of diversity and inclusion. We should not pretend otherwise. But it is worth remembering that Associated Student board members and Senate executive committee members were elected by their peers, which suggests that our community values what each of us can contribute more than who we are. Now, I asked the president's cabinet to invest a fair amount of time this summer thinking about its role in modeling, inspiring and supporting change. Psychologist Carol Dweck has written about the role of personal mindsets in guiding how we think and act. There are, she says, two basic mindsets. A fixed mindset accepts things as they are and is wary of change. A 12-unit semester load is just fine, and the lack of on-campus housing for all students who need it is just the way it is. A growth mindset embraces challenges and won't settle for the status quo. Students can successfully take 15 semester units, and we should be aggressively exploring student housing options, on and off campus. We should be doing the same, by the way, for our faculty and staff. In the year ahead, which path shall we choose? The status quo, or the possible? As we ponder that, consider all there is for us to do this year. Building a student recreation and aquatic center, renovating our south campus, and planning a science and innovation complex. Filling top leadership roles in three colleges and Student Affairs. Aligning our strengths in health, innovation, and related disciplines with the interests of our students and our region. Enhancing our capacity to support faculty and student involvement and research, and other scholarly activities. Reimagining the student experience, from recruitment through commencement, and organizing ourselves accordingly. Continuing to reintroduce ourselves to the region through relationship-building and strategic branding and marketing. Organizing ourselves more strategically to utilize information technology, transform our digital presence, and improve the wayfinding experience for campus visitors. Nurturing and strengthening a culture of civility and inclusion, more critical than ever, in the current national climate. Joining Healthy Campus 2020, a national initiative that embraces the importance of health and wellness in supporting student success, and, along the way, having some fun. How much more could we do for our students and our community? How much could we add to our rich legacy? This year, let's find out, and let's enjoy the ride. Thank you very much. (audience applauding)



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 Democratic Party and the Republican Party. The American Labor Party and the Socialist Party also nominated tickets. In New York City, a "Trades Union", an "Anti-Communist", and a "City Fusion" ticket were also nominated.


The New York state election, 1937, was held on November 2. The only statewide elective office up for election was a judgeship on the New York Court of Appeals. The Democratic incumbent, Gov. Herbert H. Lehman's brother Irving Lehman, was re-elected with Republican and American Labor endorsement.

At the same time, an amendment to the State Constitution to increase of the term in office of the members of the New York State Assembly to two years, and of the statewide elected state officers (Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Comptroller, Attorney General) to four years, was accepted. Also, delegates for a Constitutional Convention, to be held later that year after the legislative session, were elected.

Assemblywoman Jane H. Todd (Rep.), of Tarrytown, was re-elected.


The Legislature met for the regular session at the State Capitol in Albany on January 5, 1938; and adjourned in the evening of March 19.[2]

Oswald D. Heck (Rep.) was re-elected Speaker, with 83 votes against 55 for Irwin Steingut (Dem.) and 4 for Nathaniel M. Minkoff (Am. Labor).[3]

The Constitutional Convention met at the State Capitol in Albany on April 5;[4] and adjourned on August 26.[5]

State Senate



The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued in office as members of this Legislature.

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

District Senator Party Notes
1st George L. Thompson* Republican
2nd Joseph D. Nunan, Jr.* Democrat also a delegate to the Constitutional Convention
3rd Peter T. Farrell* Democrat
4th Philip M. Kleinfeld* Democrat also a delegate to the Constitutional Convention
5th John J. Howard* Democrat
6th Edward J. Coughlin* Democrat
7th Jacob J. Schwartzwald* Democrat
8th Joseph A. Esquirol* Democrat
9th Jacob H. Livingston* Democrat also a delegate to the Constitutional Convention;
on November 8, 1938, elected to the City Court (Brooklyn)
10th Jeremiah F. Twomey* Democrat Chairman of Finance
11th James J. Crawford* Democrat
12th Elmer F. Quinn* Democrat
13th Thomas F. Burchill* Democrat
14th William J. Murray* Democrat
15th John L. Buckley* Democrat
16th John J. McNaboe* Democrat
17th Leon A. Fischel* Democrat
18th John T. McCall* Democrat also a delegate to the Constitutional Convention
19th Duncan T. O'Brien* Democrat died on September 14, 1938
20th A. Spencer Feld* Democrat Chairman of Public Education
21st Lazarus Joseph* Democrat
22nd Julius S. Berg* Democrat committed suicide on July 20, 1938
23rd John J. Dunnigan* Democrat Temporary President;
also a delegate to the Constitutional Convention
24th Rae L. Egbert* Democrat
25th Pliny W. Williamson* Republican
26th James A. Garrity* Dem./Am. L.
27th Thomas C. Desmond* Republican
28th Frederic H. Bontecou* Republican also a delegate to the Constitutional Convention
29th Arthur H. Wicks* Republican
30th Erastus Corning 2nd* Democrat
31st Clifford C. Hastings* Republican
32nd Edwin E. Miller* Republican
33rd Benjamin F. Feinberg* Republican also a delegate to the Constitutional Convention
34th Rhoda Fox Graves* Republican
35th Harry F. Dunkel* Republican
36th William H. Hampton* Republican
37th Perley A. Pitcher* Republican Minority Leader;
also a delegate to the Constitutional Convention
38th Francis L. McElroy* Dem./Am. L.
39th Walter W. Stokes* Republican
40th Roy M. Page* Republican
41st C. Tracey Stagg* Republican
42nd Charles J. Hewitt* Republican
43rd Earle S. Warner* Republican
44th Joe R. Hanley* Republican
45th Emmett L. Doyle* Dem./Am. L.
46th George F. Rogers* Dem./Am. L.
47th William H. Lee* Republican
48th Walter J. Mahoney* Republican
49th Stephen J. Wojtkowiak* Dem./Am. L.
50th Nelson W. Cheney* Republican
51st Leigh G. Kirkland* Republican


  • Clerk: James J. Reilly
  • Sergeant-at-Arms: William F. Egloff Jr.
  • Stenographer: Robert Murray

State Assembly


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

District Assemblymen Party Notes
Albany 1st George W. Foy* Democrat
2nd John P. Hayes* Democrat
3rd James J. Carroll Dem./Am. L.
Allegany William H. MacKenzie* Republican
Bronx 1st Matthew J. H. McLaughlin* Dem./T.U./A.-C.
2nd Patrick J. Fogarty Dem./T.U./A.-C.
3rd Carl Pack* Dem./T.U./A.-C.
4th Isidore Dollinger* Dem./T.U./A.-C.
5th Nathaniel M. Minkoff Am. L./Soc. American Labor Leader
6th Peter A. Quinn* Dem./T.U./A.-C.
7th Gerard J. Muccigrosso Am. L./Soc./C.F.
8th John A. Devany, Jr.* Dem./T.U./A.-C.
Broome 1st Edward F. Vincent* Republican Chairman of Public Institutions
2nd James E. Hill* Republican
Cattaraugus James W. Riley* Rep./Soc. Chairman of Military Affairs
Cayuga Andrew D. Burgdorf* Republican Chairman of Public Health
Chautauqua 1st Lloyd J. Babcock* Republican Chairman of Pensions
2nd Carl E. Darling* Republican Chairman of Revision
Chemung Chauncey B. Hammond* Republican Chairman of Penal Institutions
Chenango Irving M. Ives* Republican Majority Leader
Clinton Emmett J. Roach* Democrat
Columbia Frederick A. Washburn* Republican Chairman of Labor and Industries
Cortland John B. Briggs* Republican
Delaware William T. A. Webb Republican
Dutchess 1st Howard N. Allen* Republican Chairman of Agriculture
2nd Emerson D. Fite* Republican Chairman of Charitable and Religious Societies
Erie 1st Frank A. Gugino* Republican
2nd Harold B. Ehrlich* Rep./Am. L. Chairman of Claims
3rd William J. Butler Rep./Am. L.
4th Anthony J. Canney* Democrat also a delegate to the Constitutional Convention
5th Frank Kwiatkowski Dem./Am. L.
6th Jerome C. Kreinheder* Republican
7th Charles O. Burney, Jr.* Republican
8th R. Foster Piper* Rep./Soc. Chairman of Insurance;
also a delegate to the Constitutional Convention
Essex Thomas A. Leahy* Republican
Franklin John H. Black* Republican
Fulton and Hamilton Denton D. Lake* Republican Chairman of Aviation
Genesee Herbert A. Rapp* Republican Chairman of Motor Vehicles
Greene Paul Fromer* Republican
Herkimer Leo A. Lawrence* Republican
Jefferson Russell Wright* Republican
Kings 1st Crawford W. Hawkins* Dem./T.U./A.-C.
2nd Benjamin Brenner Am. L./City F.
3rd Michael J. Gillen* Dem./T.U./A.-C.
4th Bernard Austin* Democrat
5th Charles R. McConnell* Democrat
6th Robert J. Crews Rep./City F. Chairman of Affairs of the City of New York
7th William Kirnan* Democrat
8th Charles J. Beckinella Democrat
9th Edgar F. Moran* Democrat
10th William C. McCreery* Democrat
11th Bernard J. Moran* Democrat
12th Edward S. Moran, Jr.* Democrat on June 24, arrested and accused of taking bribes[6]
13th Ralph Schwartz* Democrat
14th Harry Gittleson Democrat
15th John Smolenski Democrat
16th Salvatore T. DeMatteo Am. Labor
17th Fred G. Moritt Democrat
18th Irwin Steingut* Democrat Minority Leader;
also a delegate to the Constitutional Convention
19th Max M. Turshen* Democrat
20th Roy H. Rudd* Democrat
21st Charles H. Breitbart* Democrat
22nd Peter H. Ruvolo Democrat
23rd Frank Monaco Am. L./Rep.
Lewis Fred A. Young* Republican
Livingston James J. Wadsworth* Republican Chairman of Public Relief and Welfare
Madison Wheeler Milmoe* Republican Chairman of Public Printing
Monroe 1st Frank J. Sellmayer, Jr. Republican
2nd Abraham Schulman Republican
3rd Earl C. Langenbacher* Democrat
4th Pat E. Provenzano Republican
5th Walter H. Wickins* Republican Chairman of Commerce and Navigation
Montgomery L. James Shaver* Republican Chairman of Canals
Nassau 1st John D. Bennett Republican
2nd Leonard W. Hall* Republican Chairman of Re-Apportionment;
on November 8, 1938, elected to the 76th U.S. Congress
New York 1st James J. Dooling* Democrat
2nd Nicholas A. Rossi* Democrat also a delegate to the Constitutional Convention
3rd Phelps Phelps* Democrat
4th Leonard Farbstein* Democrat
5th John F. Killgrew* Democrat
6th Meyer Goldberg Republican
7th William T. Middleton Republican
8th Stephen J. Jarema* Democrat
9th Ira H. Holley* Democrat
10th MacNeil Mitchell Rep./City F.
11th Patrick H. Sullivan* Democrat
12th Edmund J. Delany* Democrat also a delegate to the Constitutional Convention
13th William J. Sheldrick* Democrat
14th Francis J. McCaffrey, Jr.* Democrat
15th Abbot Low Moffat* Republican Chairman of Ways and Means:
also a delegate to the Constitutional Convention
16th Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Democrat
17th Oscar Garcia Rivera Rep./Am. L.
18th Salvatore A. Farenga* Democrat
19th Robert W. Justice* Democrat
20th Walter V. Fitzgerald Rep./Am. L.
21st William T. Andrews* Democrat
22nd Daniel Flynn* Democrat
23rd William J. A. Glancy* Democrat
Niagara 1st Fayette E. Pease* Republican Chairman of Conservation
2nd Harry D. Suitor* Republican Chairman of Codes
Oneida 1st John J. Walsh Democrat
2nd William R. Williams* Republican
3rd C. Dean Williams Republican
Onondaga 1st Leo W. Breed* Republican
2nd George B. Parsons* Republican
3rd Frank J. Costello* Republican
Ontario Harry R. Marble* Republican Chairman of Printed and Engrossed Bills
Orange 1st Lee B. Mailler* Republican Chairman of Mortgage and Real Estate
2nd Charles N. Hammond Republican
Orleans John S. Thompson* Republican Chairman of Public Service
Oswego Ernest J. Lonis* Republican
Otsego Chester T. Backus* Republican
Putnam D. Mallory Stephens* Republican Chairman of Banks
Queens 1st Mario J. Cariello* Democrat
2nd Timothy P. Kirwan Democrat
3rd John V. Downey* Democrat
4th Daniel E. Fitzpatrick* Democrat
5th William F. Dailey Democrat
6th Joseph P. Teagle Democrat
Rensselaer 1st Philip J. Casey* Democrat
2nd Maurice Whitney* Republican Chairman of Taxation and Retrenchment
Richmond 1st Charles Bormann* Democrat
2nd Herman Methfessel* Democrat
Rockland Lawrence J. Murray, Jr. Democrat
St. Lawrence 1st W. Allan Newell* Republican Chairman of Civil Service
2nd Warren O. Daniels* Republican
Saratoga Richard J. Sherman Republican
Schenectady 1st Oswald D. Heck* Republican re-elected Speaker
2nd Harold Armstrong* Republican Chairman of Affairs of Cities
Schoharie Arthur L. Parsons* Republican
Schuyler Dutton S. Peterson* Republican
Seneca Lawrence W. Van Cleef* Republican
Steuben 1st Guy W. Cheney* Republican
2nd William M. Stuart* Republican
Suffolk 1st Edmund R. Lupton* Republican
2nd Elisha T. Barrett* Republican
Sullivan William A. Chandler Republican
Tioga Myron D. Albro Republican
Tompkins Stanley C. Shaw* Republican
Ulster J. Edward Conway* Republican Chairman of General Laws
Warren Harry A. Reoux* Republican Chairman of Judiciary
Washington Herbert A. Bartholomew* Republican Chairman of Internal Affairs
Wayne Harry L. Averill* Republican Chairman of Public Education
Westchester 1st Christopher H. Lawrence Republican
2nd Theodore Hill, Jr. Republican
3rd James E. Owens Republican
4th Jane H. Todd* Republican Chairwoman of Social Welfare
5th Arthur J. Doran* Democrat
Wyoming Harold C. Ostertag* Republican Chairman of Affairs of Villages
Yates Fred S. Hollowell* Republican Chairman of Excise



  1. ^ Note that the last legislative day of the regular session was March 18, and the New York Red Book gives March 18 as the end of this session. In fact, the adjournment sine die occurred at 6.16 o'clock in the evening of March 19 after a session of 32 hours and 16 minutes, until then the longest session in New York legislative history.
  2. ^ LEGISLATURE ENDS IN A RUSH OF BILLS in The New York Times on March 20, 1938 (subscription required)
  3. ^ SPEAKER HECK IS RE-ELECTED in The Evening News, of North Tonawanda, on January 5, 1938
  4. ^ Crane Pledges Convention To Renewing of Democracy in The New York Times on April 6, 1938 (subscription required)
  5. ^ SUBMISSION IN NINE ITEMS VOTED FOR STATE CHARTER; CONVENTION IS ADJOURNED in The New York Times on August 27, 1938 (subscription required)
  6. ^ E. S. Moran Jr. of 12th A. D., Brooklyn, Accused of Getting $36,000 From Taxi Concerns in The New York Times on June 25, 1938 (subscription required)


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