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190th New York State Legislature

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190th New York State Legislature
189th 191st
The facade of the New York State Capitol building in bright daylight
JurisdictionNew York, United States
TermJanuary 1, 1993 – December 31, 1994
PresidentLt. Gov. Stan Lundine (D)
Temporary PresidentRalph J. Marino (R)
Party controlRepublican
SpeakerSaul Weprin (D), until February 11, 1994;
Sheldon Silver (D), from February 11, 1994
Party controlDemocratic
1993: (101–49)
1994: (100–50)
1stJanuary 6 – July 8, 1993
2ndJanuary 5 – July 3, 1994

The 190th New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 6, 1993, to December 31, 1994, during the eleventh and twelfth years of Mario Cuomo's governorship, in Albany.

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Under the provisions of the New York Constitution of 1938 and the U.S. Supreme Court decision to follow the One man, one vote rule, re-apportioned in 1992 by the Legislature, 61 Senators and 150 assemblymen were elected in single-seat districts for two-year terms. Senate and Assembly districts consisted of approximately the same number of inhabitants, the area being apportioned contiguously without restrictions regarding county boundaries.

At this time there were two major political parties: the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. The Conservative Party, the Right to Life Party, the Liberal Party, the Libertarian Party, the New Alliance Party, the Natural Law Party, and the Socialist Workers Party also nominated tickets.


The New York state election, 1992, was held on November 3. The only statewide elective office up for election was a U.S. Senator from New York. Republican Al D'Amato was re-elected with Conservative and Right-to-Life endorsement. The approximate party strength at this election, as expressed by the vote for U.S. Senator, was: Democrats 2,943,000; Republicans 2,653,000; Conservatives 289,000; Right to Life 225,000; Liberals 143,000; Libertarians 109,000; New Alliance 57,000; and Socialist Workers 17,000.

25 of the sitting 28 women members of the legislature—State Senators Nancy Larraine Hoffmann (Dem.), of Syracuse; Olga A. Méndez (Dem.), of East Harlem; Velmanette Montgomery (Dem.), of Brooklyn; Suzi Oppenheimer (Dem.), of Mamaroneck; and Ada L. Smith (Dem.), of Queens; and Assemblywomen Nancy Calhoun (Rep.), of Blooming Grove; Joan Christensen (Dem.), of Syracuse; Barbara M. Clark (Dem.), of Queens; Elizabeth Connelly (Dem.), of Staten Island; Vivian E. Cook (Dem.) of Queens; Gloria Davis (Dem.), of the Bronx; Eileen C. Dugan (Dem.), of Brooklyn; Deborah J. Glick (Dem.), of Manhattan; Aurelia Greene (Dem.), of the Bronx; Earlene Hill Hooper (Dem.), of Hempstead; Rhoda S. Jacobs (Dem.), of Brooklyn; Cynthia Jenkins (Dem.), a librarian of Queens; Susan V. John (Dem.), of Rochester; Nettie Mayersohn (Dem.), of Queens; Patricia McGee (Rep.), of Franklinville; Catherine Nolan (Dem.), of Queens; Audrey Pheffer (Dem.), of Queens; Cecile D. Singer (Rep.), of Yonkers; Frances T. Sullivan (Rep.), of Fulton; and Helene Weinstein (Dem.), a lawyer of Brooklyn—were re-elected. Nellie R. Santiago (Dem.), of Brooklyn; and Mary Ellen Jones (Dem.), of Irondequoit, were also elected to the State Senate. RoAnn Destito (Dem.), of Rome; Donna Ferrara (Rep.), a lawyer of Westbury; Sandy Galef (Dem.), of Ossining; Eileen Hickey (Dem.), a registered nurse of Rhinebeck; Audrey Hochberg (Dem.), of Scarsdale; Elizabeth C. Hoffman (Rep.), of North Tonawanda; and Naomi C. Matusow (Dem.), a lawyer of Armonk; were also elected to the Assembly.

On February 16, 1993, Chloe Ann O'Neil (Rep.), an elementary school teacher of Parishville, was elected to fill a vacancy in the Assembly.

The New York state election, 1993, was held on November 2. Two vacancies in the State Senate and two vacancies in the Assembly were filled. Mary Lou Rath (Rep.), of Williamsville, was elected to fill one of the vacancies in the Senate; and Patricia Acampora (Rep.), of Mattituck, was elected to fill one of the vacancies in the Assembly.

On February 15, 1994, Melinda Katz (Lib.), a lawyer of Queens; and Carmen E. Arroyo (Dem.), of the Bronx; were elected to fill vacancies in the Assembly. Thus the 190th Legislature ended having 39 women members, surpassing the previous record of 28 in the 189th New York State Legislature (1991–1992).


The Legislature met for the first regular session (the 216th) at the State Capitol in Albany on January 6, 1993;[1] and recessed indefinitely on July 8.[2]

Saul Weprin (Dem.) was re-elected Speaker of the Assembly.

Ralph J. Marino (Rep.) was re-elected Temporary President of the Senate.

On February 18, 1993, State Comptroller Edward Regan (Rep.) tendered his resignation, effective April 30.[3] On May 5, the Legislature elected Carl McCall (Dem.) to fill the vacancy, with a vote of 121 to 2, the Republicans boycotting the election.[4]

On September 8, 1993, Attorney General Robert Abrams (Dem.) tendered his resignation, effective December 31.[5] The Legislature met again in November[6] and December. On December 16, 1993, Assemblyman G. Oliver Koppell was elected by the Legislature to fill the vacancy.[7]

The Legislature met for the second regular session (the 217th) at the State Capitol in Albany on January 5, 1994;[8] and recessed indefinitely on July 3.[9]

On January 19, Speaker Weprin suffered a stroke, and was hospitalized.[10] On January 24, 1994, Sheldon Silver (Dem.) was elected as Interim Speaker[11] Weprin died on February 11, and Silver was subsequently elected as Speaker.

State Senate


The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued in office as members of this Legislature. George E. Pataki and Michael F. Nozzolio changed from the Assembly to the Senate.

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

District Senator Party Notes
1st Kenneth LaValle* Republican
2nd James J. Lack* Republican
3rd Caesar Trunzo* Republican
4th Owen H. Johnson* Republican
5th Ralph J. Marino* Republican re-elected Temporary President
6th Kemp Hannon* Republican
7th Michael J. Tully Jr.* Republican Chairman of Health
8th Norman J. Levy* Republican Chairman of Transportation
9th Dean Skelos* Republican
10th Alton R. Waldon Jr.* Democrat
11th Frank Padavan* Republican
12th Ada L. Smith* Democrat
13th Emanuel R. Gold* Democrat
14th George Onorato* Democrat
15th Serphin R. Maltese* Cons./Rep.
16th Leonard P. Stavisky* Democrat
17th Nellie R. Santiago Democrat
18th Velmanette Montgomery* Democrat
19th Howard E. Babbush* Democrat
20th Marty Markowitz* Democrat
21st Donald Halperin* Democrat on October 4, 1993, appointed as NYS Commissioner of Housing[12]
Carl Kruger Democrat on February 15, 1994, elected to fill vacancy[13]
22nd Martin M. Solomon* Democrat
23rd Christopher J. Mega* Republican in July 1993, appointed to the New York Court of Claims
Robert DiCarlo Republican on November 2, 1993, elected to fill vacancy
24th John J. Marchi* Republican
25th Martin Connor* Democrat
26th Roy M. Goodman* Republican
27th Manfred Ohrenstein* Democrat Minority Leader
28th Olga A. Méndez* Democrat
29th David Paterson* Democrat
30th Franz S. Leichter* Democrat
31st Efrain Gonzalez Jr.* Democrat
32nd Pedro Espada Jr. Democrat
33rd Joseph L. Galiber* Democrat
34th Guy J. Velella* Republican
35th Nicholas A. Spano* Republican
36th Suzi Oppenheimer* Democrat
37th George E. Pataki* Republican on November 8, 1994, elected Governor of New York
38th Joseph R. Holland* Republican
39th William J. Larkin, Jr.* Republican
40th Charles D. Cook* Republican
41st Stephen M. Saland* Republican
42nd Howard C. Nolan Jr.* Democrat
43rd Joseph Bruno* Republican
44th Hugh T. Farley* Republican Chairman of Banks
45th Ronald B. Stafford* Republican Chairman of Finance
46th James W. Wright Republican
47th William R. Sears* Republican
48th Nancy Larraine Hoffmann* Democrat
49th John A. DeFrancisco Republican
50th James L. Seward* Republican
51st Thomas W. Libous* Republican
52nd Randy Kuhl* Republican
53rd Michael F. Nozzolio* Republican
54th Richard A. Dollinger Democrat
55th Mary Ellen Jones Democrat
56th Jess J. Present* Republican
57th Anthony M. Masiello* Democrat on November 2, 1993, elected Mayor of Buffalo[14]
Anthony Nanula Democrat on February 15, 1994, elected to fill vacancy[13]
58th William Stachowski* Democrat
59th Dale M. Volker* Republican
60th John B. Sheffer II* Republican resigned on September 19, 1993, to teach at the University at Buffalo[15]
Mary Lou Rath Republican on November 2, 1993, elected to fill vacancy
61st John B. Daly* Republican


  • Secretary: Stephen F. Sloan

State Assembly

Assembly members

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 Assembly member Party Notes
1st Joseph Sawicki Jr.* Republican resigned on September 15, 1993
Patricia Acampora Republican on November 2, 1993, elected to fill vacancy
2nd John L. Behan* Republican
3rd Icilio W. Bianchi, Jr.* Democrat
4th Steve Englebright* Democrat
5th Paul E. Harenberg* Democrat
6th Robert C. Wertz* Republican
7th Thomas F. Barraga* Republican
8th John C. Cochrane* Republican on November 2, 1993, elected as Suffolk County Treasurer[14]
Phil Boyle Republican on February 15, 1994, elected to fill vacancy[13]
9th John J. Flanagan* Republican
10th James D. Conte* Republican
11th Robert K. Sweeney* Democrat
12th Philip B. Healey* Republican
13th David Sidikman* Democrat
14th Frederick E. Parola* Republican on November 2, 1993, elected as Nassau County Comptroller[14]
Marc Herbst Republican on February 15, 1994, elected to fill vacancy[13]
15th Donna Ferrara Republican
16th Thomas DiNapoli* Democrat
17th Michael Balboni* Republican
18th Earlene Hill Hooper* Democrat
19th Charles J. O'Shea* Republican
20th Harvey Weisenberg* Democrat
21st Gregory R. Becker* Republican
22nd Vincent T. Muscarella* Republican
23rd Audrey Pheffer* Democrat
24th Saul Weprin* Democrat re-elected Speaker; died on February 11, 1994
Mark Weprin Democrat on March 24, 1994, elected to fill vacancy[16]
25th Brian M. McLaughlin Democrat
26th Douglas Prescott* Republican
27th Nettie Mayersohn* Democrat
28th Alan G. Hevesi* Democrat on November 2, 1993, elected as New York City Comptroller[14]
Melinda Katz Liberal on February 15, 1994, elected to fill vacancy[13]
29th Cynthia Jenkins* Democrat
30th Joseph Crowley* Democrat
31st Gregory W. Meeks Democrat
32nd Vivian E. Cook* Democrat
33rd Barbara M. Clark* Democrat
34th Ivan C. Lafayette* Democrat
35th Jeffrion L. Aubry* Democrat
36th Denis J. Butler* Democrat
37th Catherine Nolan* Democrat
38th Anthony S. Seminerio* Democrat
39th Anthony J. Genovesi* Democrat
40th Edward Griffith* Democrat
41st Helene Weinstein* Democrat Chairwoman of Judiciary (1994)
42nd Rhoda S. Jacobs* Democrat Chairwoman of Social Services
43rd Clarence Norman Jr.* Democrat
44th James F. Brennan* Democrat
45th Daniel L. Feldman* Democrat
46th Howard L. Lasher* Democrat on November 2, 1993, elected to the New York City Council[14]
Jules Polonetsky Democrat on February 15, 1994, elected to fill vacancy[13]
47th Frank J. Barbaro* Democrat
48th Dov Hikind* Democrat
49th Peter J. Abbate Jr.* Democrat
50th Joseph R. Lentol* Democrat Chairman of Codes
51st Javier A. Nieves Democrat
52nd Eileen C. Dugan* Democrat Chairwoman of Commerce
53rd Vito J. Lopez* Democrat
54th Darryl C. Towns Democrat
55th William F. Boyland* Democrat
56th Albert Vann* Democrat
57th Roger L. Green* Independent[17]
58th N. Nick Perry Democrat
59th Elizabeth Connelly* Democrat
60th Eric N. Vitaliano* Democrat
61st Robert A. Straniere* Republican
62nd Sheldon Silver* Democrat Chairman of Ways and Means, until February 25, 1994;
Interim Speaker from January 24 to February 11, 1994;
elected Speaker on February 11, 1994
63rd Steven Sanders* Democrat
64th Richard N. Gottfried* Democrat
65th Alexander B. Grannis* Democrat
66th Deborah J. Glick* Democrat
67th Scott Stringer Democrat
68th Angelo Del Toro* Democrat Chairman of Education; died on December 30, 1994
69th Edward C. Sullivan* Democrat
70th Keith L. T. Wright Democrat
71st Herman D. Farrell, Jr.* Democrat Chairman of Banks, until February 25, 1994;
Chairman of Ways and Means, from February 25, 1994[18]
72nd John Brian Murtaugh* Democrat
73rd John Ravitz* Republican
74th David Rosado* Democrat on November 2, 1993, elected to the New York City Council[14]
Carmen E. Arroyo Democrat on February 15, 1994, elected to fill vacancy[13]
75th Hector L. Diaz* Democrat
76th Peter M. Rivera Democrat
77th Aurelia Greene* Democrat
78th Roberto Ramirez* Democrat
79th Gloria Davis* Democrat
80th George Friedman* Democrat
81st G. Oliver Koppell* Democrat Chairman of Judiciary (1993);
on December 16, 1993, elected as New York Attorney General
Jeffrey Dinowitz Democrat on February 15, 1994, elected to fill vacancy[13]
82nd Stephen B. Kaufman* Democrat
83rd Larry Seabrook* Democrat
84th J. Gary Pretlow Democrat
85th Ronald C. Tocci* Democrat
86th Richard L. Brodsky* Democrat
87th Cecile D. Singer* Republican
88th Audrey Hochberg Democrat
89th Naomi C. Matusow Democrat
90th Sandy Galef Democrat
91st Vincent Leibell* Republican
92nd Alexander J. Gromack* Democrat
93rd Samuel Colman* Democrat
94th Nancy Calhoun* Republican
95th John Bonacic* Republican
96th Lawrence E. Bennett* Democrat
97th Eileen Hickey Democrat
98th Jacob E. Gunther III Democrat
99th Glenn E. Warren Republican
100th Robert A. D'Andrea* Republican
101st Kevin Cahill Democrat
102nd John Faso* Republican
103rd James Tedisco* Republican
104th John McEneny Democrat
105th Paul D. Tonko* Democrat
106th Ronald Canestrari* Democrat
107th Arnold W. Proskin* Republican
108th Pat M. Casale Republican
109th James P. King* Republican
110th Chris Ortloff* Republican
111th Bill Magee Democrat
112th vacant Assemblyman-elect John G. A. O'Neil died on December 10, 1992
Chloe Ann O'Neil Republican on February 16, 1993, elected to fill vacancy[19]
113th Anthony J. Casale* Republican
114th H. Robert Nortz* Republican
115th David R. Townsend Jr.* Republican
116th RoAnn Destito Democrat
117th Frances T. Sullivan* Republican
118th Michael J. Bragman* Democrat Majority Leader from September 8, 1993[20]
119th Joan Christensen* Democrat
120th Joseph A. Nicoletti* Democrat
121st Harold C. Brown Jr.* Republican
122nd Clarence D. Rappleyea Jr.* Republican Minority Leader
123rd Richard H. Miller* Republican
124th James R. Tallon Jr.* Democrat Majority Leader; resigned effective September 8, 1993[20]
Robert J. Warner Republican on November 2, 1993, elected to fill vacancy
125th Martin A. Luster* Democrat
126th Daniel J. Fessenden Republican
127th George H. Winner, Jr.* Republican
128th Bob Oaks Republican
129th Frank G. Talomie Sr.* Republican died on December 1, 1993
Craig J. Doran Republican on February 15, 1994, elected to fill vacancy[13]
130th Donald R. Davidsen* Republican
131st Susan V. John* Democrat
132nd Joseph D. Morelle* Democrat
133rd David F. Gantt* Democrat
134th Joseph Robach* Democrat
135th James S. Alesi Republican
136th Jerry Johnson Republican
137th Charles H. Nesbitt Republican
138th Joseph T. Pillittere* Democrat
139th Elizabeth C. Hoffman Republican
140th Robin L. Schimminger* Democrat
141st Arthur O. Eve* Democrat
142nd Richard R. Anderson* Republican
143rd Paul Tokasz* Democrat
144th Sam Hoyt* Democrat
145th Richard J. Keane* Democrat
146th Francis J. Pordum* Democrat
147th Thomas M. Reynolds* Republican
148th Vincent J. Graber Sr.* Democrat
149th Patricia McGee* Republican
150th William L. Parment* Democrat



  1. ^ The Plans May Be New, But Are They Improved? by James Dao, in the New York Times on January 7, 1993
  2. ^ Albany All-Nighter: Cleared Desks and Unresolved Issues by James Dao, in the New York Times on July 9, 1993
  3. ^ Comptroller Resigns Albany Post To Head Institute at Bard College by Kevin Sack, in the New York Times on February 19, 1993
  4. ^ Despite G.O.P. Boycott, Democratic Legislators Elect McCall as Comptroller by Kevin Sack, in the New York Times on May 6, 1993
  5. ^ Attorney General Abrams to Quit To Join a Law Firm in Manhattan, by Todd S. Purdum, in the New York Times on September 9, 1993
  6. ^ Assembly Session to Offer Sound, Fury and Politics by James Dao, in the New York Times on November 14, 1993
  7. ^ Koppell Named Interim Attorney General by James Dao, in the New York Times on December 17, 1993
  8. ^ IN MESSAGE, CUOMO ECHOES G.O.P. IDEAS by James Dao, in the New York Times on January 6, 1994
  9. ^ LAWMAKERS FINISH SESSION IN ALBANY AT ODDS ON ISSUES by James Dao, in the New York Times on July 4, 1994
  10. ^ Weprin's Kin Reveal Illness But No Details by James Dao, in the New York Times on January 21, 1994
  11. ^ Interim Assembly Speaker Is Elected in the New York Post on January 25, 1994
  12. ^ Cuomo Picks Investment Banker For Municipal Assistance Post in the New York Times on October 5, 1993
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i In Special Elections, Democrats Win Two Senate Seats by Ian Fisher, in the New York Times on February 16, 1994
  14. ^ a b c d e f 6 state legislators get new jobs in The Daily Gazette, of Schenectady, on November 4, 1994
  15. ^ SHEFFER QUITS STATE SENATE FOR POST AT UB in The Buffalo News on September 20, 1993; at HighBeam Research
  16. ^ Weprin's Son Wins Seat in the New York Times on March 25, 1994
  17. ^ For the New York Legislature in the New York Times on October 30, 1992
  18. ^ Farrell Is Named Chairman Of Ways and Means Panel by Ian Fisher, in the New York Times on February 26, 1994
  19. ^ O'NEIL ELECTED TO SPOUSE'S SEAT in the Albany Times–Union on February 17, 1993; at HighBeam Research
  20. ^ a b Campaign Panel Chief Is Named As Assembly's Majority Leader by Kevin Sack, in the New York Times on August 6, 1993


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