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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: New York Civil Liberties Union

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 70%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 60%
NY U.S. House 20 Paul Tonko Democratic 60%
NY State Assembly 1 Fred Thiele, Jr. Democratic, Conservative, Independence, Working Families 60%
NY State Assembly 4 Steve Englebright Democratic 60%
NY State Assembly 11 Bob Sweeney Democratic, Independence, Working Families 60%
NY State Assembly 18 Earlene Hooper Democratic, Liberal 60%
NY State Assembly 20 Harvey Weisenberg Democratic, Independence, Working Families 60%
NY State Assembly 29 William Scarborough Democratic, Working Families 50%
NY State Assembly 32 Vivian Cook Democratic, Liberal 60%
NY State Assembly 33 Barbara Clark Democratic 60%
NY State Assembly 35 Jeffrion Aubry Democratic, Liberal 50%
NY State Assembly 37 Catherine Nolan Democratic 60%
NY State Assembly 41 Helene Weinstein Democratic, Liberal 60%
NY State Assembly 42 Rhoda Jacobs Democratic, Liberal 60%
NY State Assembly 44 James Brennan Democratic, Working Families 70%
NY State Assembly 48 Dov Hikind Democratic 40%
NY State Assembly 49 Peter Abbate, Jr. Democratic, Independence 50%
NY State Assembly 50 Joseph Lentol Democratic 40%
NY State Assembly 51 Felix Ortiz, Jr. Democratic 70%
NY State Assembly 58 N. Nick Perry Democratic, Working Families, Liberal 50%
NY State Assembly 65 Sheldon Silver Democratic, Liberal 60%
NY State Assembly 66 Deborah Glick Democratic 90%
NY State Assembly 70 Keith Wright Democratic 60%
NY State Assembly 71 Herman Farrell, Jr. Democratic 70%
NY State Assembly 75 Dick Gottfried Democratic 100%
NY State Assembly 81 Jeffrey Dinowitz Democratic 60%
NY State Assembly 84 Carmen Arroyo Democratic, Liberal 50%
NY State Assembly 89 Gary Pretlow, Sr. Democratic 70%
NY State Assembly 95 Sandy Galef Democratic 60%
NY State Assembly 112 James Tedisco Republican, Conservative, Independence 30%
NY State Assembly 118 Marc Butler Republican, Conservative, Independence 30%
NY State Assembly 121 William Magee Democratic, Independence 50%
NY State Assembly 122 Clifford Crouch Republican 50%
NY State Assembly 130 Bob Oaks Republican 40%
NY State Assembly 136 Joseph Morelle Democratic 60%
NY State Assembly 137 David Gantt Democratic 70%
NY State Assembly 140 Robin Schimminger Democratic 50%
NY State Senate 1 Kenneth LaValle Republican, Conservative, Independence 0%
NY State Senate 2 John Flanagan, Jr. Republican, Conservative, Independence 40%
NY State Senate 4 Philip Boyle Republican, Conservative, Independence 50%
NY State Senate 5 Carl Marcellino Republican, Conservative, Independence 0%
NY State Senate 6 Kemp Hannon Republican, Conservative, Independence 0%
NY State Senate 9 Dean Skelos Republican, Conservative, Independence 0%
NY State Senate 25 Velmanette Montgomery Democratic 70%
NY State Senate 34 Jeff Klein Democratic 60%
NY State Senate 39 Bill Larkin, Jr. Republican, Conservative 0%
NY State Senate 42 John Bonacic Republican, Conservative, Independence 50%
NY State Senate 45 Betty Little Republican, Conservative, Independence 30%
NY State Senate 49 Hugh Farley Republican, Conservative, Independence 0%
NY State Senate 50 John DeFrancisco Republican, Conservative, Independence 10%
NY State Senate 51 James Seward Republican, Conservative, Independence 0%
NY State Senate 52 Tom Libous Republican, Conservative, Independence 0%
NY State Senate 54 Michael Nozzolio Republican, Conservative, Independence 0%
NY State Senate 56 Joseph Robach Republican, Conservative, Independence 40%
NY State Senate 62 George Maziarz Republican, Conservative, Independence 0%
NY Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli Democratic 60%
NY Labor Commissioner Peter Rivera No Party Affiliation 40%
NY Mayor Mike Spano Democratic, Conservative, Working Families 50%
NY Supervisor At-Large Alexander Gromack 60%
NY Council Member 23 Mark Weprin Democratic 60%
NY Public Service Commissioner Patricia Acampora No Party Affiliation 30%
NY Legislator 11 Thomas Barraga Republican 20%
NY Borough President At-Large Marty Markowitz Democratic 40%
NY Borough President At-Large Scott Stringer Democratic 90%
Catherine Abate 70%
James Alesi 0%
Thomas Alfano 28%
Richard Anderson 40%
James Bacalles 40%
Michael Balboni 20%
Samuel Bea, Jr. 57%
Gregory Becker 30%
William Frank Boyland, Sr. 70%
Michael Bragman 60%
Richard Brodsky 60%
Harold Brown, Jr. 40%
Joseph Bruno 0%
Denis Butler 40%
Nancy Calhoun 40%
Ronald Canestrari 60%
Pat Casale 30%
Joan Christensen 60%
Samuel Colman 50%
Elizabeth Connelly 40%
Martin Connor 70%
James Conte 50%
Charles Cook 10%
Robert D'Andrea 30%
Gloria Davis 70%
RoAnn Destito 60%
Francisco Diaz, Jr. 80%
Jay Dinga 30%
Richard Dollinger 20%
Craig Doran 40%
Pedro Espada, Jr. 40%
Arthur Eve 50%
John Faso 50%
Daniel Feldman 50%
Donna Ferrara 40%
Daniel Fessenden 40%
Anthony Genovesi 70%
Emanuel Gold 50%
Efrain Gonzalez, Jr. 0%
Roy Goodman 30%
Alexander Grannis 70%
Roger Green 60%
Aurelia Greene 60%
Edward Griffith 60%
John Guerin 30%
Jacob Gunther III 60%
Paul Harenberg 60%
Marc Herbst 30%
Audrey Hochberg 60%
Nancy Larraine Hoffmann 10%
Joseph Holland 0%
Sam Hoyt III 60%
Susan John 70%
Jerry Johnson 40%
Owen Johnson 0%
Melinda Katz 60%
Stephen Kaufman 50%
Richard Keane 40%
Thomas Kirwan 30%
David Koon 55%
Carl Kruger 20%
John Kuhl, Jr. 0%
Seymour Lachman 14%
James Lack 0%
Ivan Lafayette 50%
Vincent Leibell III 0%
Franz Leichter 80%
Norman Levy 0%
Vito Lopez 60%
Martin Luster 60%
Bernard Mahoney 30%
Serphin Maltese 0%
Patrick Manning 30%
John Marchi 10%
Naomi Matusow 60%
Nettie Mayersohn 60%
Debra Jean Mazzarelli 60%
John McEneny 60%
Patricia McGee 50%
Brian McLaughlin 60%
Olga Mendez 30%
Joel Miller 30%
Anthony Nanula 30%
Charles Nesbitt 20%
Clarence Norman, Jr. 70%
H. Robert Nortz 40%
Chloe Ann O'Neil 30%
George Onorato 0%
Suzi Oppenheimer 10%
George Christian Ortloff, Sr. 40%
Charles O'Shea 30%
Frank Padavan 10%
William Parment 60%
David Paterson 70%
Audrey Pheffer 60%
Joseph Pillittere 40%
Jules Polonetsky 60%
Robert Prentiss 40%
Jess Present 0%
Roberto Ramirez 50%
Mary Lou Rath 0%
John Ravitiz 60%
John Ravitz 60%
Thomas Reynolds 30%
Stephen Saland 0%
Steven Sanders 60%
Nellie Santiago 70%
Larry Seabrook 71%
David Seaman 30%
Anthony Seminerio 30%
David Sidikman 60%
Ada Smith 50%
Nicholas A . Spano 10%
William Stachowski 0%
Ronald Stafford 0%
Leonard Price Stavisky 40%
Willis Stephens, Jr. 40%
Robert Straniere 50%
Edward Sullivan 90%
Frances Sullivan 40%
Ronald Tocci 40%
Paul Tokasz 60%
Darryl Towns 60%
David Townsend, Jr. 40%
Caesar Trunzo 0%
Michael Tully, Jr. 0%
Albert Vann 70%
Guy Velella 0%
Eric Vitaliano 40%
Dale Volker 0%
Alton Ronald Waldon, Jr. 60%
Robert Warner 30%
Robert Wertz 30%
George Winner, Jr. 40%
Sandra Lee Wirth 30%

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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