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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Unshackle Upstate

2012 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NY U.S. House 6 Grace Meng Democratic, Working Families 33%
NY U.S. House 8 Hakeem Jeffries Democratic 27%
NY State Assembly 1 Fred Thiele, Jr. Democratic, Conservative, Independence, Working Families 52%
NY State Assembly 4 Steve Englebright Democratic 42%
NY State Assembly 5 Al Graf Republican, Conservative 75%
NY State Assembly 6 Phil Ramos Democratic, Working Families 35%
NY State Assembly 8 Michael Fitzpatrick Republican, Conservative, Independence 100%
NY State Assembly 9 Joseph Saladino Republican 75%
NY State Assembly 11 Bob Sweeney Democratic, Independence, Working Families 43%
NY State Assembly 12 Andrew Raia Republican, Conservative, Independence, Working Families 70%
NY State Assembly 13 Charles Lavine Democratic 37%
NY State Assembly 14 David McDonough Conservative 82%
NY State Assembly 15 Michael Montesano No Party Affiliation 93%
NY State Assembly 16 Michelle Schimel Democratic, Independence, Working Families 30%
NY State Assembly 17 Tom McKevitt Republican, Conservative, Independence 93%
NY State Assembly 18 Earlene Hooper Democratic, Liberal 27%
NY State Assembly 19 Edward Ra Republican, Conservative, Independence, Tax Revolt 75%
NY State Assembly 20 Harvey Weisenberg Democratic, Independence, Working Families 38%
NY State Assembly 21 Brian Curran Republican, Conservative, Independence, Tax Revolt 75%
NY State Assembly 24 David Weprin Democratic 30%
NY State Assembly 26 Edward Braunstein Democratic, Independence 37%
NY State Assembly 28 Andrew Hevesi Democratic 55%
NY State Assembly 29 William Scarborough Democratic, Working Families 33%
NY State Assembly 30 Margaret Markey Democratic 50%
NY State Assembly 31 Michele Titus Democratic, Working Families, Liberal 30%
NY State Assembly 32 Vivian Cook Democratic, Liberal 40%
NY State Assembly 33 Barbara Clark Democratic 45%
NY State Assembly 34 Michael DenDekker Democratic 30%
NY State Assembly 35 Jeffrion Aubry Democratic, Liberal 30%
NY State Assembly 36 Aravalla Simotas Democratic, Working Families 45%
NY State Assembly 37 Catherine Nolan Democratic 33%
NY State Assembly 38 Michael Miller Democratic 35%
NY State Assembly 39 Francisco Moya Democratic, Working Families 35%
NY State Assembly 41 Helene Weinstein Democratic, Liberal 37%
NY State Assembly 42 Rhoda Jacobs Democratic, Liberal 30%
NY State Assembly 43 Karim Camara Democratic 30%
NY State Assembly 44 James Brennan Democratic, Working Families 47%
NY State Assembly 45 Steven Cymbrowitz Democratic 42%
NY State Assembly 46 Alec Brook-Krasny Democratic 33%
NY State Assembly 47 William Colton Democratic, Working Families 33%
NY State Assembly 48 Dov Hikind Democratic 60%
NY State Assembly 49 Peter Abbate, Jr. Democratic, Independence 30%
NY State Assembly 50 Joseph Lentol Democratic 30%
NY State Assembly 51 Felix Ortiz, Jr. Democratic 37%
NY State Assembly 52 Joan Millman Democratic 30%
NY State Assembly 56 Annette Robinson Democratic 15%
NY State Assembly 58 N. Nick Perry Democratic, Working Families, Liberal 42%
NY State Assembly 61 Matthew Titone Democratic 37%
NY State Assembly 63 Michael Cusick Democratic 53%
NY State Assembly 64 Nicole Malliotakis Republican, Conservative, Taxpayers 73%
NY State Assembly 65 Sheldon Silver Democratic, Liberal 32%
NY State Assembly 66 Deborah Glick Democratic 30%
NY State Assembly 67 Linda Rosenthal Democratic 42%
NY State Assembly 68 Robert Rodriguez Democratic 33%
NY State Assembly 69 Daniel O'Donnell Democratic 37%
NY State Assembly 70 Keith Wright Democratic 33%
NY State Assembly 71 Herman Farrell, Jr. Democratic 42%
NY State Assembly 74 Brian Kavanagh Democratic 42%
NY State Assembly 75 Dick Gottfried Democratic 42%
NY State Assembly 76 Micah Kellner Democratic 30%
NY State Assembly 78 Jose Rivera Democratic, Working Families 35%
NY State Assembly 81 Jeffrey Dinowitz Democratic 30%
NY State Assembly 82 Michael Benedetto Democratic 42%
NY State Assembly 83 Carl Heastie Democratic 41%
NY State Assembly 84 Carmen Arroyo Democratic, Liberal 22%
NY State Assembly 85 Marcos Crespo Democratic 38%
NY State Assembly 88 Amy Paulin Democratic 30%
NY State Assembly 89 Gary Pretlow, Sr. Democratic 37%
NY State Assembly 92 Tom Abinanti Democratic, Independence 23%
NY State Assembly 94 Stephen Katz Republican, Independence 82%
NY State Assembly 95 Sandy Galef Democratic 53%
NY State Assembly 97 Ellen Jaffee Democratic 33%
NY State Assembly 100 Aileen Gunther Democratic 65%
NY State Assembly 101 Claudia Tenney Republican, Conservative, Independence 87%
NY State Assembly 102 Pete Lopez Republican, Conservative, Independence 75%
NY State Assembly 103 Kevin Cahill Democratic 33%
NY State Assembly 104 Frank Skartados Democratic -2%
NY State Assembly 107 Steven McLaughlin Republican, Conservative, Taxpayers 93%
NY State Assembly 112 James Tedisco Republican, Conservative, Independence 88%
NY State Assembly 115 Janet Duprey Republican, Conservative, Independence 93%
NY State Assembly 116 Addie Russell Democratic 42%
NY State Assembly 117 Kenneth Blankenbush Republican, Conservative 87%
NY State Assembly 118 Marc Butler Republican, Conservative, Independence 62%
NY State Assembly 120 William Barclay Republican 87%
NY State Assembly 121 William Magee Democratic, Independence 82%
NY State Assembly 122 Clifford Crouch Republican 93%
NY State Assembly 123 Donna Lupardo Democratic 58%
NY State Assembly 124 Chris Friend Republican 87%
NY State Assembly 125 Barbara Lifton Democratic, Working Families 30%
NY State Assembly 126 Gary Finch Republican 93%
NY State Assembly 128 Sam Roberts Democratic, Working Families 40%
NY State Assembly 129 William Magnarelli Democratic 47%
NY State Assembly 130 Bob Oaks Republican 87%
NY State Assembly 131 Brian Kolb Republican 93%
NY State Assembly 132 Philip Palmesano Republican, Conservative, Independence 93%
NY State Assembly 135 Mark Johns Republican, Conservative 67%
NY State Assembly 136 Joseph Morelle Democratic 87%
NY State Assembly 137 David Gantt Democratic 50%
NY State Assembly 138 Harry Bronson Democratic, Working Families 37%
NY State Assembly 139 Stephen Hawley Republican, Conservative, Independence 100%
NY State Assembly 140 Robin Schimminger Democratic 100%
NY State Assembly 141 Crystal Peoples-Stokes Democratic, Working Families 33%
NY State Assembly 144 Jane Corwin Republican, Conservative, Independence 93%
NY State Assembly 145 John Ceretto Republican, Independence, Taxpayers 87%
NY State Assembly 148 Joseph Giglio Republican, Conservative, Independence 88%
NY State Assembly 150 Andy Goodell Republican, Conservative, Change Albany 93%
NY State Senate 1 Kenneth LaValle Republican, Conservative, Independence 89%
NY State Senate 2 John Flanagan, Jr. Republican, Conservative, Independence 88%
NY State Senate 3 Lee Zeldin Republican 94%
NY State Senate 4 Philip Boyle Republican, Conservative, Independence 88%
NY State Senate 5 Carl Marcellino Republican, Conservative, Independence 89%
NY State Senate 6 Kemp Hannon Republican, Conservative, Independence 83%
NY State Senate 7 Jack Martins Republican 83%
NY State Senate 9 Dean Skelos Republican, Conservative, Independence 88%
NY State Senate 11 Tony Avella Democratic, Working Families 43%
NY State Senate 12 Michael Gianaris Democratic 60%
NY State Senate 13 José Peralta Democratic, Working Families 65%
NY State Senate 14 Malcolm Smith Democratic, Working Families 77%
NY State Senate 15 Joseph Addabbo, Jr. Democratic 43%
NY State Senate 16 Toby Ann Stavisky Democratic 40%
NY State Senate 18 Martin Malavé Dilan Democratic 67%
NY State Senate 19 John Sampson Democratic, Working Families 67%
NY State Senate 21 Kevin Parker Democratic, Working Families 55%
NY State Senate 22 Martin Golden Republican, Conservative 73%
NY State Senate 23 Diane Savino Democratic, Working Families, Independent 51%
NY State Senate 24 Andrew Lanza Republican 78%
NY State Senate 25 Velmanette Montgomery Democratic 43%
NY State Senate 26 Daniel Squadron Democratic 40%
NY State Senate 28 Liz Krueger Democratic, Working Families 43%
NY State Senate 29 José Serrano Democratic, Working Families 43%
NY State Senate 30 Bill Perkins Democratic, Working Families 28%
NY State Senate 31 Adriano Espaillat Democratic, Working Families 40%
NY State Senate 32 Ruben Diaz, Sr. Democratic 22%
NY State Senate 33 Gustavo Rivera Democratic, Working Families 50%
NY State Senate 34 Jeff Klein Democratic 62%
NY State Senate 35 Andrea Stewart-Cousins Democratic, Working Families, Independent 43%
NY State Senate 36 Ruth Hassell-Thompson Democratic, Working Families 43%
NY State Senate 37 George Latimer Democratic 43%
NY State Senate 38 David Carlucci Democratic 67%
NY State Senate 39 Bill Larkin, Jr. Republican, Conservative 83%
NY State Senate 40 Greg Ball Republican, Conservative, Independence 73%
NY State Senate 42 John Bonacic Republican, Conservative, Independence 89%
NY State Senate 44 Neil Breslin Democratic, Independence, Working Families 43%
NY State Senate 45 Betty Little Republican, Conservative, Independence 78%
NY State Senate 47 Joseph Griffo Republican, Conservative, Independence 82%
NY State Senate 48 Patty Ritchie Republican, Conservative, Taxpayers 82%
NY State Senate 49 Hugh Farley Republican, Conservative, Independence 83%
NY State Senate 50 John DeFrancisco Republican, Conservative, Independence 88%
NY State Senate 51 James Seward Republican, Conservative, Independence 94%
NY State Senate 52 Tom Libous Republican, Conservative, Independence 88%
NY State Senate 53 David Valesky Democratic, Working Families, Independent 72%
NY State Senate 54 Michael Nozzolio Republican, Conservative, Independence 94%
NY State Senate 56 Joseph Robach Republican, Conservative, Independence 89%
NY State Senate 57 Cathy Young Republican, Conservative, Independence 88%
NY State Senate 58 Thomas O'Mara Republican, Conservative 93%
NY State Senate 59 Patrick Gallivan Republican, Conservative, Independence 94%
NY State Senate 60 Mark Grisanti Republican, Independence 88%
NY State Senate 61 Michael Ranzenhofer Republican, Conservative, Independence 88%
NY State Senate 62 George Maziarz Republican, Conservative, Independence 88%
NY State Senate 63 Timothy Kennedy Democratic, Conservative 62%
NY Labor Commissioner Peter Rivera No Party Affiliation 52%
NY Borough President Eric Adams Democratic, Working Families 55%
James Alesi 88%
George Amedore, Jr. 93%
Inez Barron -6%
William Boyland, Jr. 30%
Daniel Burling 78%
Nancy Calhoun 93%
Ronald Canestrari 42%
Robert Castelli 63%
Nelson Castro 30%
James Conte 88%
Thomas Duane 18%
Charles Fuschillo, Jr. 94%
Dennis Gabryszak 82%
Vanessa Gibson 30%
Sean Hanna 87%
Shirley Huntley 41%
Owen Johnson 88%
Tony Jordan 93%
Rory Lancman 30%
Guillermo Linares 35%
Vito Lopez 43%
Dan Losquadro 87%
Alan Maisel 33%
Roy McDonald 83%
John McEneny 35%
Donald Miller 87%
Joel Miller 87%
Dean Murray 88%
Suzi Oppenheimer 53%
Annie Rabbitt 73%
Bill Reilich 87%
Robert Reilly 45%
Naomi Rivera 38%
Stephen Saland 94%
Teresa Sayward 88%
Kevin Smardz 100%
Eric Stevenson 24%
Louis Tobacco 88%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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