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The New York Legislature is the legislative branch of the U.S. state of New York, seated at the state's capital, Albany. The Legislature is bicameral, consisting of two houses: the New York State Assembly and the New York Senate. A state of the United States (a U.S. state) is any one of the fifty states (four of which officially favor the term commonwealth) which, along with the District of Columbia, form the United States of America. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 141,205 km²  (54,520 sq. ... Map Political Statistics Founded 1614 Incorporated 1686 County Albany County Mayor Gerald D. Jennings Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 56. ... The bicameral legislature of the United States is housed in a capitol building with two wings. ... The New York State Assembly is the lower house of the New York Legislature body of the state of New York. ... ...


The Assembly is the lower house of the Legislature, and consists of one-hundred and fifty members, each chosen from a single-member district. The upper house, the Senate, includes a varying number of members. The Constitution provides that the default membership be fifty members. However, it provides that if any county would by virtue of its population be entitled to more than three Senators, then the first three Senators would count towards the limit of fifty, while the remainder would be in addition to the fifty. Currently, there are twelve additional Senators (who are in terms of legislative power equal to any other Senators), making the total membership sixty-two. The New York State Assembly has 150 members elected for two-year terms. ... The New York State Senate has 62 members each elected to two-year terms. ...


In order to be a member of either house, one must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of the state of New York for at least five years, and a resident of the district for at least one year prior to election.


Legislative elections are held in November of every even-numbered year. Both Assemblymembers and Senators serve two-year terms.


The Assembly is headed by the Speaker, while the Senate is headed by the President, a post held ex officio by the State Lieutenant Governor. The Lieutenant Governor, as President of the Senate, has only a casting vote. More often, the Senate is presided over by the Temporary President, who is also the Majority Leader, or by a senator of the Majority Leader's choosing.


The Assembly Speaker and Senate Majority Leader control the assignment of committees and leadership positions, along with control of the agenda in their chambers. The two are considered powerful statewide leaders and along with the Governor of New York control most of the agenda of state business in New York. This is a list of the Governors of New York. ...


An interesting note is that the New York state legislature is split. The State Senate is controlled by the Republicans, who have a 35-27 majority, but the state Assembly is controlled by a Democratic supermajority of 104-45 seats (1 vacant). Among the top reasons for this split include the more conservative upstate region holding more clout in the State Senate, as well as Long Island, where voters are increasingly trending towards the Democrats on the state level but continue to re-elect their incumbent Republican state senators. This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States, the other one being the Republican Party. ... Upstate New York is the region of New York State outside of the core of the New York metropolitan area. ... Mercator projection of Long Island Long Island is an island in New York, USA. At 1,377 square miles (3567 km²) and 7. ...


In recent years, Republicans in the State Senate have lost ground, particularly in New York City. However, the nature of New York State politics is such that occasionally Democrats will switch parties when they run for Senate so they can sit with the majority.


The Assembly has been dominated by Democrats for nearly 30 years and Republicans have recently lost ground in this chamber as well. Between 2002 and 2005, the Republican conference dropped from 53 seats to 45.


The Legislature is empowered to make law, subject to the Governor's power to veto a bill. However, the veto may be overriden by the Legislature if there is a two-thirds majority in favor of overriding in each House. Furthermore, it has the power to propose Constitutional amendments by a majority vote, and then another majority vote following an election. If so proposed, the amendment becomes valid if agreed to by the voters at a referendum. HI A governor is also, a monkey who is smart and can fly like a penguin is a device that regulates the speed of a machine. ... A two-thirds majority is a common supermajoritarian requirement in elections, especially whenever minority rights can be changed (e. ... A referendum (plural: referendums or referenda) or plebiscite (from Latin plebiscita, a decree of the Concilium Plebis) is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal. ...


Legislative Leadership

  • Speaker of the Assembly: Sheldon Silver
  • Majority Leader of the Assembly: Paul Tokasz
  • Minority Leader of the Assembly: James Tedisco

Sheldon Silver Sheldon Silver (born February 13, 1944) is a politician and member of the United States Democratic Party, currently serving as Speaker of New York State Assembly. ... Mary Donohue is the Lieutenant Governor of New York State. ... Joseph L. Bruno Joseph L. Bruno (born April 8, 1929) is an American businessman and politician. ... David Paterson is currently the minority leader or the New York State Senate. ... Pro tempore or pro tem is a latin phrase which best translates to for the time being in English. ... Hon. ...

External links

  • Official site of the New York Senate
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The Assembly is the lower house of the Legislature, and consists of one-hundred and fifty members, each chosen from a single-member district.
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