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Eliot Spitzer's Voting Records

New York Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Jan. 22, 2008 S 6801 2008-2009 Legislative and Judiciary Budget Senate Sponsor
Jan. 22, 2008 S 6807 Budget Financing Senate Sponsor

Executive Actions

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
April 23, 2008 S 6807 Budget Financing Signed - Executive
Sign
Feb. 19, 2008 A 9998 New York Racing Association Funding Signed - Executive
Sign
Jan. 28, 2008 S 2729 Benefits for Police Officers Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Jan. 28, 2008 S 2728 Compensation, Benefits and Terms of Employment for Forest Rangers Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Jan. 28, 2008 S 6229 Civil Service Law Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Dec. 31, 2007 A 7157 Conveyance of State Land Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Dec. 5, 2007 S 2139 College-Linked Senior Living Community Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Dec. 5, 2007 S 4967A Environmental Conservation Law Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Oct. 31, 2007 A 5739 Provides for the designation of correction officers of any rank who have performed investigative duties for 18 months to the position of detective or investigator Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 28, 2007 S 3305 Relates to veterans with disabilities Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 28, 2007 S 4163 Provides that certain unremarried spouses of deceased employees of the state shall pay for health insurance coverage at the same rate as active state employees Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 28, 2007 S 5364A Provides that title pursuant to adverse possession shall be defeated if the claimant has knowledge that another person is the title owner of the property Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 28, 2007 S 3417 Provides special accidental death benefits to deceased members of the department of sanitation of a city, town or village or limo or taxi inspectors Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 28, 2007 S 3054 Relates to the authority of the civil service commission to designate positions as unclassified Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 28, 2007 S 1699 Provides for payment of salary, wages, medical and hospital expenses of members of the state police with injuries or illness incurred in the performance of duties Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 28, 2007 S 1095 Relates to excluding increased fuel costs from calculation of total spending increases in a contingency budget Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 28, 2007 S 234 Establishes the New York military family relief fund to provide grants to members of the organized militia or a reserve component of the armed forces of the US; appropriation Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 28, 2007 A 9048 Provides for determinations of whether the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority wage and hiring freeze need to continue Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 28, 2007 A 8077 Provides for more stringent control over the lead content of jewelry sold in New York state Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 28, 2007 A 7778 Provides that the altering of a boundary or title survey shall only be prepared for the specific purpose named in the alteration Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 28, 2007 A 7565 Clarifies presumptions pertaining to heart-related disabilities or deaths suffered by members of certain retirement systems Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 28, 2007 A 7329 Requires a court to review child abuse and maltreatment, orders of protection, warrants of arrest and sex offender registries prior to issuing orders of custody Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 28, 2007 A 6017 Requires the governor to preserve and archive all documentary materials received in support or opposition to pending legislation Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 28, 2007 A 3842 Enacts the drug overdose prevention act Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 28, 2007 A 1159 Creates the Upper Delaware River Greenway Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 28, 2007 S 4239 Enables certain New York city employees of the department of sanitation, who were laid off and then restored to active service, to receive pension credit Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 28, 2007 S 5398A Establishes temporary task force on developmental disabilities Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 28, 2007 S 5382 Relates to providing health insurance coverage for surviving spouses of members of the N.Y. city fire department engaged in performing emergency medical services Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 28, 2007 S 5223 Creates a duty to reinspect and abate hazardous activities in violation of the New York city building code and zoning ordinance Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 28, 2007 S 5672A Authorizes the inclusion of a surplus factor in the determination of tuition for special education and special act school districts Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 28, 2007 S 3927 Authorizes a special optional twenty year retirement plan for county correction officers Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 28, 2007 S 3994 Allows retired members of the New York city police pension fund to collect their pensions while providing teaching service Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 17, 2007 A 8445 Allows former members of the New York city teachers' retirement system who were suspended because of fiscal measures taken by New York city to obtain service credit Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 17, 2007 A 4707 elates to requirements for annual financial statements filed by adult care facilities Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 17, 2007 A 6757 Provides the criteria by which civil service employees may be reassigned Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 17, 2007 A 6311 ermits department of law investigators to retire upon completion of 25 years of creditable service, regardless of age Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 17, 2007 A 6209 Requires individuals who perform fire suppression work to receive a license from the state fire administrator Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 17, 2007 A 3300-A Relates to authorizing the dormitory authority to provide financing for renovation of residential facilities for children Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 17, 2007 A 2757 Provides that certain accidental death benefits may be paid to dependent parents of deceased members of police and fire retirement system Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 17, 2007 A 1416 Provides that a consumer reporting agency may not consider that a person requested a rate quote when determining that person's credit score Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 17, 2007 A 1469 Establishes the cash and counseling program within the self-directed personal assistance services Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 17, 2007 A 248-B Prohibits the siting of a disposal facility in a location with potential to discharge into the Great Lakes system Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 17, 2007 A 7129 A Relates to the council on children and families; repealer Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 15, 2007 S 5451 Extends the allowance of credits related to the cost associated with replacement or renovation of a home heating system and clean heating fuel Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 15, 2007 S 1353-A Provides for the operation and use of electric personal assistive mobility devices Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 15, 2007 S 2174 Creates a twenty-five year retirement plan for peace officers and police officers in the department of taxation and finance Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 15, 2007 S 3761-A Provides for the Oswego river basin water level management commission Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 15, 2007 S 3119-A Grants uniformed marine patrol officers in Cayuga county peace officer status Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 15, 2007 S 568 Requires the establishment of community housing waiting lists within the office of mental health service system Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 15, 2007 S 820 Provides guidelines for evaluating applications for barbers and cosmetology license where applicant has prior criminal record Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 15, 2007 S 6195 Grants uniform members of the bureau of fire prevention of the town of Islip peace officer status Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 15, 2007 S 6031-A Prohibits the diminution of health insurance benefits of certain public employee retirees Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 15, 2007 S 5628-A Authorizes the installment payment of fees and civil penalties owed to the state by local governments and small businesses Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 15, 2007 S 5805 Designates dog control officers of the city of Utica as peace officers for purposes of enforcing certain provisions of the agriculture and markets law Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 15, 2007 S 2969-B Prohibits certain agreements between the issuers and the holders of credit cards and debit cards Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 15, 2007 S 2776 Establishes a performance of duty disability benefit for persons who are incapacitated by a condition of health caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 15, 2007 S 5946 Relates to the management and recycling of waste tires; repealer Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 15, 2007 S 3976 Changes the mandatory retirement age to sixty for members employed as an investigator, senior investigator or investigator specialist Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 15, 2007 S 6030 Prohibits the diminution of health insurance benefits of public employee retirees Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 15, 2007 S 2423-A Extends provisions providing for additional pension benefits for extended second public employment for certain retirees Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 15, 2007 S 6275 Requires chair of committees on special education to provide parents of a child with a disability with a list of programs and services available to such child Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 15, 2007 S 5427-A Creates the New York state climate change task force Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 15, 2007 S 3762 Designates supervisors and members of the fire investigation bureau of the Syracuse fire department as peace officers Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 S 3201 Requires social services districts to give consideration to education and training for sustainable wage jobs and nontraditional employment opportunities Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 S 6107 Includes certain workers in New York city vehicle repair shops within the definition of participant in World Trade Center rescue, recovery or cleanup operations Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 S 2162 Includes in "state department" most public authorities and public benefit corporations for purposes of contracts for architectural and engineering services Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 S 1616 Prohibits municipalities from entering into contracts for the provision of fire services by a private entity Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 A 8329-A Provides condition as to notice on sale of property to satisfy a lien and provisions as to sale of motor vehicle to satisfy a lien Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 A 7175-A Provides adjusted valuation for school aid in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free school district, county of Erie Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 A 6574 Provides for a program for veteran speakers in classrooms to supplement instructional and educational aspects of American military history Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 A 61-A Provides that a consumer reporting agency shall not knowingly take an adverse action against a consumer solely because he or she was a victim of identity theft Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 A 5862 Extends to BCI bargaining unit of the state police fourth step arbitration of disciplinary grievances Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 S 2138-A Provides that military service credit granted to members of retirement systems may increase retirement benefits beyond a benefit limitation Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 S 6316 Establishes the healthy New York/labor-management benefit fund demonstration program Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 S 1555 Authorizes the town of Schroeppel, county of Oswego, to repay to taxpayers monies erroneously received by such town as a result of overpaid special assessments Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 S 52 Relates to the regulation, erection and maintenance of tourist information markers Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 S 916 Designates dog control officers in the city of Syracuse as peace officers Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 A 7432 Requires public authorities to provide municipality where real property is located the right of first refusal prior to sale Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 A 217-B Establishes the identity theft prevention and mitigation unit Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 A 1108 Limits the use of social security numbers for identification of employees Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 A 2742 Relates to regulating landlord notification of contaminants to tenants Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 S 6340 Relates to acquisitions by banking corporations Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 S 6306 Provides that party may bring declaratory judgment action for a determination of the existence and extent of insurance coverage of another party Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 S 577-A Authorizes racetracks and off-track betting corporations to offer rebates on pari-mutuel wagers made by bettors Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 S 1989 Provides civil service examination credits to children and siblings of uniformed sanitation workers killed in the line of duty Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 S 1810 Provides veterans real property tax exemption for those promptly applying who purchase after municipality's taxable status date Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 A 5182 Provides for the recordation of restrictive covenant modification documents where conveyance instruments include language violative of civil rights laws Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 A 735 Increase penalties for the illegal taking of deer Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 S 6328 Amends part B of chapter 57 of the laws of 2007 relating to adjusted valuation for school aid Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 S 5295 Relates to the negotiability of discipline in a collective bargaining agreementRelates to the negotiability of discipline in a collective bargaining agreement Vetoed - Executive
Veto
Aug. 1, 2007 S 3445 Prohibits rules or regulations of the state police prohibiting members from modifying or recommending the modification certain charges before a court Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 A 6065 Relates to granting peace officer status to uniformed members of the fire marshall's office in the village of Southampton Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 572 Grants partial deduction of interest income from corporate and personal income taxes involving land used for fruit production Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 6263 Designates as peace officers, certain employees of the village of Lake George employed as such pursuant to local law Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 6204 Designates members of the campus safety department of Paul Smith's College as peace officers Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 4323 Grants peace officer status to security officers for the town court of the town of Alden Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 4312 Relates to a course of instruction in the law and ethics of fundraising and philanthropy Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 2372 Changes community service to be compensatory service in certain sentencing alternative programs Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 948-C Adds three members to the New York state workforce investment board Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 539 Permits persons licensed to sell wine at retail for consumption on the premises to sell certain other New York-produced alcoholic beverages Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 177-A Requires veterans to be on the New York state workforce investment board Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 6213 Provides an exemption for certain parcels of land from certain restrictions Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 6174 Increases to up to sixty days the period a licensee has to come into compliance with food safety education requirements Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 6081-A Authorizes the transfer of certain construction funds to the Richardson Center corporation for rehabilitation of the H. H. Richardson Facility Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 5127 Provides for the allocation of commission of corporate fiduciaries on charitable trusts Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 4166 Relates to disability benefits for firefighters employed by the division of military and naval affairs Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 3853 Relates to the fee for the issuance of a document which is required to be used by a dealer to transfer a vehicle Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 3657-A Authorizes the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES and the Madison-Oneida BOCES to contract to provide mental health services for eligible students Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 2486 Provides an accidental disability pension of three-quarters pay to members of the NYCERS or BERS employed in certain titles Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 2372 Changes community service to be compensatory service in certain sentencing alternative programs Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 898-B Authorizes reimbursement for certain service related expenditures of the East Moriches Union Free school district Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 A 8255 Designates uniformed officers of the fire marshal's office of the town of Huntington as peace officers Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 6100 Relates to binding arbitration in negotiations with members who are designated as security services or security supervisors Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 A 8631-A Establishes the hepatitis C advisory council Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 5779 Enacts provisions to cover a situation where a written agreement between a public employer and employee organization has expired without a new agreement being in place Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 5526-A Provides that local commissioners of social services shall notify law enforcement agencies when a homeless sex offender is placed in temporary emergency housing Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 4619 Makes provisions relating to historical snowmobile and imposes a fee upon resident and nonresident owners of a historical snowmobile Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 4472 Relates to the September eleventh bidders registry of apparel manufacturers and contractors Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 2045-A Directs the metropolitan commuter transportation authority to implement a program to enable passengers to traverse over the Queens county and Nassau county borders Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 3663 Relates to the provision of services under the adult day health care program Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 A 6843 Changes the deadline for submission of the annual statewide five-year plan for services to the mentally disabled to June 30 Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 A 5972 Relates to the provision of services under the adult day health care program Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 18, 2007 S 1915-A Relates to terms of sale for alcoholic beverages by retail licensees Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 6, 2007 A 1921 Creates the "New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award" Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 6, 2007 A 5865 Designates as peace officers, the uniformed court officers of the town court of the town of New Windsor Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 6, 2007 A 5154 Establishes the veterans geriatric mental health act Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 S 2735 Creates the civil air patrol board Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 S 1617 Extends the period for leaves of absence by reason of disability resulting from occupational injury or disease for public employees Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 S 5078 Establishes the task force on adults with autism within the office of mental retardation and developmental disabilities Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 S 3917 Increases the mandatory retirement age of police officers and firefighters who have elected to contribute to section 384-d of the retirement and social security law Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 A 4606 Creates the office of the taxpayer advocate Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 S 4920 Provides for the use of binding arbitration for certain represented members of the unified court system Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 S 4785 Provides for binding arbitration for members of the security services collective bargaining unit who are security hospital treatment assistants Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 S 4565 Prohibits employers from using an employee's social security number for identification purposes Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 S 4168 Designates the court officer of the village of Westhampton Beach to be peace officers Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 S 3076 Permits the reopening of a period of time for board of education school crossing guard employees in the police department to join the retirement system Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 S 2977 Relates to removal and other disciplinary action for certain employees of the division of state police Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 S 328 Grants animal abuse investigators of the county of Wayne peace officer status Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 A 5726 Designates civil enforcement officers employed by Jefferson county sheriff's office as peace officers Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 S 836 Requires public agencies to determine whether each corporation it intends to contract with is a delinquent corporation Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 S 2175 Relates to performance of duty disability retirement of certain peace officers and police officers in the state department of taxation and finance Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 S 2062 Provides for a special proceeding as a remedy when a financial institution fails to honor an agent's authority under a statutory power of attorney Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 S 1843 Designates Union College security officers as peace officers Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 S 1711 Relates to benefits payable to, or on behalf of, certain employees of the division of parole injured or killed in the performance of duty Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 S 1063 Relates to additional considerations for public arbitration panels relating to certain employees of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 S 793 Includes Niagara Frontier transportation authority and its aircraft rescue firefighters in provisions for resolution of impasse in collective bargaining negotiations Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 S 3070 Makes provisions for the deaths or permanent or temporary disabilities of employees of voluntary hospitals in connection with the World Trade Center attacks Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 S 4405 Provides for limited dental instruction for dentists licensed in another state at accredited and approved schools or residency programs Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 S 5880 Relates to the definition of employer and the duty of public employers to develop and implement programs to prevent workplace violence Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 S 4167 Repeals paragraph (e) of subdivision 4 of section 209 of the civil service law relating to limitations on binding arbitration for members of the state police Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 S 4291 Relates to retirement plans for sheriffs, undersheriffs, deputy sheriffs or correction officers in counties which elect to provide such plans Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 S 792 Includes Niagara Frontier transportation authority and its police officers under provisions for resolution of impasse in collective bargaining negotiations Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 S 4357 Requires use of an independent hearing officer for disciplinary hearings Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 3, 2007 A 7031 Provides that commercial tugboats, barges and other commercial towboats are exempt from payment of the petroleum business tax Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 2, 2007 A 8780 Relates to certain immunizations for vaccine-preventable diseases Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 2, 2007 A 360-A Authorizes the office of general services to convey certain land to the American Legion Post Vetoed - Executive
Veto
July 2, 2007 A 1453-A Enacts the "geriatric chemical dependence act" and authorizes the creation of the interagency council on geriatric chemical dependence services; report Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 18, 2007 A 6622 Grants peace officer status to employees of the town of Southold serving as uniformed members of the fire marshal's office Vetoed - Executive
Veto
June 12, 2007 S 2006 Authorizes the towns of Richfield, Otsego and Exeter in the county of Otsego to establish a lake improvement district Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 31, 2007 A 7526 Ticket Resale Price Cap Removal Signed - Executive
Sign
May 29, 2007 S 1582 Prohibits certain adverse actions by public employers to be taken against public employees for the reporting of certain violations endangering children Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 29, 2007 A 2377 Authorizes health care professionals licensed in other jurisdictions and appointed by Ironman USA Holdings, Inc. to practice in this state at a triathalon Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 29, 2007 S 2391 Requires notification to workers employed in public works projects of the prevailing rate of wage Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 21, 2007 S 827 Relates to extending the provisions of chapter 591 of 2001 relating to limiting the check cashing exemption for national banks Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 8, 2007 A 2935 Requires any political subdivision serving a population of 150,000 or less, and employing eight part-time police officers, shall maintain the office of chief of police Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 8, 2007 A 4333 Relates to persons authorized to visit correctional facilities Vetoed - Executive
Veto
April 13, 2007 S 1301 Establishes that public employee discipline is a mandatorily negotiable term and condition of employment Vetoed - Executive
Veto
March 14, 2007 S 3318 Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act Signed - Executive
Sign

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