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New York State Democratic Committee

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The New York State Democratic Committee is the affiliate of the Democratic Party in the state of New York. Its headquarters are in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, and it has an office in Albany.[1]

Recent history

In the early 20th century when New York State was without a Democratic governor, county leaders often had near-fiefdoms in which they controlled nominations and campaign finances.[2] President John F. Kennedy got involved in the early 1960s, funneling federal patronage through New York City mayor Robert Wagner to the detriment of state chair Michael H. Prendergast.[2] Robert F. Kennedy was elected to the U.S. Senate from New York in 1964 and, through both personality and considerable financial support, exerted a unifying influence. Following his assassination in 1968, the state Democratic Party was more divided than ever. When New York City mayor John Lindsay switched from Republican to Democrat in 1971, he brought a charisma to the Democratic Party that it was sorely lacking.

In 1974, the Democrats benefited from Republican problems stemming from the Watergate scandal, winning control of the New York State Assembly and electing a governor, Hugh Carey.[2] The Democrats have controlled the Assembly ever since. Republicans maintained control of the State Senate for many years, with control switching between the parties several times in the early Twenty-First Century.

The State Committee is chaired by Jay S. Jacobs. The Executive Committee is chaired by former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. The Executive Director is Geoff Berman.

Three Democratic Presidents from New York include Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd) who was the Governor of New York from 1929-1932; Grover Cleveland (22nd & 24th) who was the Governor of New York from 1883-1885; and Martin Van Buren (8th) who was a U.S. Senator and Governor of New York from 1821-1829. Van Buren is also the only Democratic Vice-President from New York.

Current elected officials

The following is a list of elected statewide and federal Democratic officeholders:

Members of Congress

Democrats comprise 23 of New York's 29-member Congressional delegation - including both US Senators and 21 member of the House of Representatives.

U.S. Senate

Democrats have controlled both of New York's seats in the U.S. Senate since 1998:

U.S. House of Representatives

Out of the 27 seats New York is apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives, 21 are held by Democrats:

Statewide officials

Democrats control all four of the elected statewide offices:

State legislative leaders

Mayoral offices

Some of the state's major cities have Democratic mayors. As of 2019, Democrats control the mayor's offices in nine of New York's ten largest cities:

List of chairpersons

President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)
President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)
President Grover Cleveland (1885-1889; 1893-1897)
President Grover Cleveland (1885-1889; 1893-1897)
President Martin Van Buren (1837-1841)
President Martin Van Buren (1837-1841)
Chair Tenure Hometown while serving
Augustus Schell 1853-1856 Manhattan
Samuel Fowler 1856-1857 Port Jervis
Dean Richmond 1857 – August 1866 Batavia
Samuel J. Tilden August 1866 – September 1874 Manhattan
Allen C. Beach September 1874 – September 1875 Watertown
Daniel Magone September 1875 – 1877 Ogdensburg
William Purcell 1877–1878 Rochester
Lester B. Faulkner 1878–1881 Dansville
Daniel Manning 1881 – August 1885 Albany
John O'Brien September 1885 – 1887 Rhinebeck
Charles C. B. Walker October 1887 – 1888 Corning
Edward Murphy Jr. May 1888 – 1894 Troy
James W. Hinckley September 1894 – 1896 Poughkeepsie
Elliott Danforth September 1896 – September 1898 Manhattan
Frank Campbell September 1898 – April 1904 Bath
Cord Meyer April 1904 – 1906 Queens
William. J. Conners October 1906 – June 1910 Buffalo
John Alden Dix June 1910 – October 1910 Thomson
Winfield A. Huppuch October 1910 – October 1911 Hudson Falls
Norman E. Mack October 1911 – February 1912 Buffalo
George M. Palmer February 1912 – March 1914 Cobleskill
William Church Osborn March 1914 – 1916 Garrison
Edwin S. Harris April 1916 – September 1918 Schuylerville
Joseph A. Kellogg October 1918 – December 1918 Glens Falls
William W. Farley January 1919 – June 1921 Binghamton
Herbert C. Pell July 1921 – January 1926 Tuxedo Park
Edwin Corning January 1926 – August 1928 Albany
M. William Bray August 1928 – 1930 Utica
James A. Farley October 1930 – June 1944 Manhattan
Paul E. Fitzpatrick July 1944 – December 1, 1952 Buffalo
Walter A. Lynch 1952 (Acting) Bronx
Richard H. Balch December 1952 – June 1955 Utica
Michael H. Prendergast July 1955 – February 28, 1962 Haverstraw
William H. McKeon March 1, 1962 - July 1965 Auburn
John J. Burns July 1965 – December 1971 Binghamton
Joseph F. Crangle December 1971 – December 1974 Buffalo
Patrick J. Cunningham December 1974 – January 31, 1977 Bronx
Dominic J. Baranello February 1, 1977 – December 1982 Blue Point
William C. Hennessy December 1982 – December 1984 Albany
Laurence J. Kirwan December 1984 – May 1989 Rochester
John A. Marino May 1989 – May 1993 Manhattan
Alfred Gordon May 1993 – March 1995 Queens
Judith H. Hope and John T. Sullivan March 1995 – April 1998 East Hampton and Oswego
Judith Hope April 1998 – December 2001 East Hampton
Herman D. Farrell Jr. December 2001 – December 31, 2006 Manhattan
June O'Neill and Dave Pollak December 2006 – 2009 Watertown and New York
Jay S. Jacobs September 2009 – June 2012 Laurel Hollow
Keith L. T. Wright and Stephanie Miner June 2012 – April 2014 Manhattan and Syracuse
Keith L. T. Wright April 2014 – May 2014 Manhattan
David Paterson May 2014 – November 2015 Harlem
Sheila Comar November 2015 – June 2016 Washington
Byron Brown June 2016 – January 2019 Buffalo
Jay S. Jacobs January 2019 – present Laurel Hollow

Executive Committee Chair, Christine Quinn

Christine Callaghan Quinn (born July 25, 1966) is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, she formerly served as the Speaker of the New York City Council. The third person to hold this office, she is the first female and first openly gay speaker.[3][4] As City Council speaker, Quinn was New York City's third most powerful public servant, behind the mayor and public advocate. She ran to succeed Michael Bloomberg as the city's mayor in the 2013 mayoral election, but she came in third in the Democratic primary.

See also


  1. ^ Home. New York State Democratic Committee. Retrieved on May 13, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Hardwick, Michael (1989). State Party Profiles. pp. 278–279.
  3. ^ Kestenbaum, Lawrence (2010). "Democratic state chairs, 1853-2008 (Incomplete!)". The Political Graveyard. Ann Arbor, Michigan. Retrieved 2011-04-12.

External links

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