183rd New York State Legislature

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183rd New York State Legislature
The facade of the New York State Capitol building in bright daylight
New York State Capitol (2009)

Duration: January 1, 1979 – December 31, 1980

President of the State Senate: Lt. Gov. Mario Cuomo (D)
Temporary President of the State Senate: Warren M. Anderson (R)
Speaker of the State Assembly: Stanley Fink (D)
Members: 60 Senators
150 Assemblymen
Senate Majority: Republican (35–25)
Assembly Majority: Democratic (86–64)

1st: January 3 – June 17, 1979
2nd: October 25 – November 27, 1979
3rd: January 9 – June 15, 1980
4th: November 19 – 23, 1980
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The 183rd New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 3, 1979, to December 31, 1980, during the fifth and sixth years of Hugh Carey's governorship, in Albany.


Under the provisions of the New York Constitution of 1938 and the U.S. Supreme Court decision to follow the One man, one vote rule, re-apportioned in 1971, and amended in 1974, by the Legislature, 60 Senators and 150 assemblymen were elected in single-seat districts for two-year terms. Senate and Assembly districts consisted of approximately the same number of inhabitants, the area being apportioned contiguously without restrictions regarding county boundaries.

At this time there were two major political parties: the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. The Conservative Party, the Right to Life Party, the Liberal Party, the Libertarian Party, the Socialist Workers Party, the Communist Party and the Labor Party also nominated tickets.


The New York state election, 1978, was held on November 7. Governor Hugh Carey was re-elected, and Secretary of State Mario Cuomo was elected Lieutenant Governor, both Democrats. The elections to the other two statewide elective offices resulted in a Republican Comptroller and a Democratic Attorney General. The approximate party strength at this election, as expressed by the vote for Governor, was: Democrats 2,306,000; Republicans 1,913,000; Conservatives 243,000; Right to Life 130,000; Liberals 123,000; Libertarians 19,000; Socialist Workers 13,000; Communists 11,000; and Labor 9,000.

Seven of the ten women members of the previous legislature were elected again: State Senators Olga A. Méndez (Dem.), of East Harlem, and Linda Winikow (Dem.), of Spring Valley; and Assemblywomen Elizabeth Connelly (Dem.), of Staten Island; Pinny Cooke (Rep.), of Rochester; Estella B. Diggs (Dem.), of the Bronx; and Gerdi E. Lipschutz (Dem.), of Queens, were re-elected; and Assemblywoman Mary B. Goodhue (Rep.), a lawyer of Mount Kisco, was elected to the State Senate. Carol Berman (Dem.), of Lawrence, was also elected to the State Senate. Rhoda S. Jacobs (Dem.), of Brooklyn; Joan B. Hague (Rep.), of Glens Falls; May W. Newburger (Dem.), of Great Neck; Toni Rettaliata (Rep.), of Huntington; and Florence M. Sullivan (Rep.), a lawyer of Brooklyn, were also elected to the Assembly. Thus the 183rd Legislature had 13 women members, surpassing the previous record of 11 in the 181st New York State Legislature (1976).

The New York state election, 1979, was held on November 6. No statewide elective offices were up for election, and there were no vacancies in the Legislature.


The Legislature met for the first regular session (the 202nd) at the State Capitol in Albany on January 3, 1979;[1] and recessed indefinitely in the early morning of June 17.[2]

Stanley Fink (Dem.) was elected Speaker.

Warren M. Anderson (Rep.) was re-elected Temporary President of the State Senate.

The Legislature was again in session on and off in October and November 1979, to consider legislation concerning energy matters.[3][4][5]

The Legislature met for the second regular session (the 203rd) at the State Capitol in Albany on January 9, 1980;[6] and recessed indefinitely on June 15.[7]

The Legislature met for a special session at the State Capitol in Albany from November 19[8] to 23.[9] This session was called by Governor Carey to consider legislation on banking, the State budget, and housing in New York City.[10]

State Senate


The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued in office as members of this Legislature. Christopher J. Mega, Mary B. Goodhue, Charles D. Cook and John B. Daly changed from the Assembly to the Senate.

Note: For brevity, the chairmanships omit the words "...the Committee on (the)..."

District Senator Party Notes
1st Kenneth LaValle* Republican
2nd James J. Lack Republican
3rd Caesar Trunzo* Republican
4th Owen H. Johnson* Republican
5th Ralph J. Marino* Republican
6th John R. Dunne* Republican
7th John D. Caemmerer* Republican Chairman of Transportation
8th Norman J. Levy* Republican
9th Carol Berman Democrat
10th Jeremy S. Weinstein Democrat
11th Frank Padavan* Republican
12th Gary L. Ackerman Democrat
13th Emanuel R. Gold* Democrat Deputy Minority Leader
14th Anthony V. Gazzara* Democrat
15th Martin J. Knorr* Republican
16th Howard E. Babbush* Democrat
17th Major R. Owens* Democrat
18th Thomas J. Bartosiewicz* Democrat
19th Marty Markowitz Democrat
20th Donald Halperin* Democrat
21st Christopher J. Mega* Republican
22nd Martin M. Solomon* Democrat
23rd Vander L. Beatty* Democrat
24th John J. Marchi* Republican Chairman of Finance
25th Martin Connor* Democrat
26th Roy M. Goodman* Republican
27th Manfred Ohrenstein* Democrat Minority Leader
28th Carl McCall* Democrat in December 1979, appointed as Alternative Representative for
Special Political Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the U.N.[11]
Leon Bogues Democrat on February 12, 1980, elected to fill vacancy[12]
29th Franz S. Leichter* Democrat
30th Olga A. Méndez* Democrat
31st Israel Ruiz, Jr.* Democrat
32nd Joseph L. Galiber* Democrat
33rd Abraham Bernstein* Democrat
34th John D. Calandra* Republican Majority Whip
35th John E. Flynn* Republican
36th Joseph R. Pisani* Republican
37th Mary B. Goodhue* Republican
38th Linda Winikow* Democrat
39th Jay P. Rolison, Jr.* Republican
40th Richard E. Schermerhorn* Republican
41st Joseph Bruno* Republican
42nd Howard C. Nolan, Jr.* Democrat
43rd Ronald B. Stafford* Republican
44th Hugh T. Farley* Republican
45th Hugh Douglas Barclay* Republican
46th James H. Donovan* Republican
47th Warren M. Anderson* Republican re-elected Temporary President
48th Charles D. Cook* Republican
49th Martin S. Auer* Republican
50th Tarky Lombardi, Jr.* Republican Chairman of Health
51st William T. Smith* Republican Deputy Majority Leader
52nd Frederick L. Warder* Republican died on July 23, 1980
53rd John D. Perry* Democrat
54th Fred J. Eckert* Republican Chairman of Conservation and Recreation
55th Joseph A. Tauriello* Democrat Minority Whip; in 1980 appointed to the NYS Workers' Compensation Board
56th Raymond F. Gallagher* Democrat
57th Jess J. Present* Republican
58th Dale M. Volker* Republican Chairman of Energy
59th Walter J. Floss Jr. Republican
60th John B. Daly* Republican


State Assembly


The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued in office as members of this Legislature.

Note: For brevity, the chairmanships omit the words "...the Committee on (the)..."

District Assemblymen Party Notes
1st John L. Behan Republican
2nd George J. Hochbrueckner* Democrat
3rd Icilio W. Bianchi, Jr.* Democrat
4th Robert C. Wertz* Republican
5th Paul E. Harenberg* Democrat
6th John C. Cochrane* Republican
7th John J. Flanagan* Republican
8th Toni Rettaliata Republican
9th Louis T. Howard Republican
10th Lewis J. Yevoli* Democrat
11th Philip B. Healey* Republican
12th Frederick E. Parola Republican
13th Thomas S. Gulotta* Republican
14th Joseph M. Reilly* Republican
15th Angelo F. Orazio* Democrat Chairman of Energy
16th May W. Newburger Democrat
17th Kemp Hannon* Republican
18th Armand P. D'Amato* Republican
19th Raymond J. McGrath* Republican on November 4, 1980, elected to the 97th U.S. Congress
20th Arthur J. Kremer* Democrat Chairman of Ways and Means
21st George H. Madison* Republican
22nd Gerdi E. Lipschutz* Democrat
23rd John A. Esposito* Republican
24th Saul Weprin* Democrat
25th Vincent F. Nicolosi* Democrat
26th Leonard P. Stavisky* Democrat
27th Arthur J. Cooperman* Democrat on November 6, 1979, elected to the New York City Civil Court
David L. Cohen Democrat on February 12, 1980, elected to fill vacancy[13]
28th Alan G. Hevesi* Democrat Deputy Majority Leader
29th Andrew Jenkins Democrat
30th Ralph Goldstein* Democrat
31st Anthony S. Seminerio Democrat
32nd Edward Abramson* Democrat
33rd John T. Flack* Republican
34th Ivan C. Lafayette* Democrat
35th John G. Lopresto* Republican
36th Denis J. Butler* Democrat
37th Clifford E. Wilson* Democrat
38th Frederick D. Schmidt* Democrat
39th Stanley Fink* Democrat elected Speaker
40th Edward Griffith* Democrat
41st Murray Weinstein Democrat
42nd Harry Smoler Democrat
43rd Rhoda S. Jacobs Democrat
44th Mel Miller* Democrat
45th Chuck Schumer* Democrat on November 4, 1980, elected to the 97th U.S. Congress
46th Howard L. Lasher* Democrat
47th Frank J. Barbaro* Democrat
48th Samuel Hirsch* Democrat
49th Dominick L. DiCarlo* Republican
50th Florence M. Sullivan Republican
51st Joseph Ferris* Democrat
52nd Michael L. Pesce* Democrat
53rd Woodrow Lewis* Democrat
54th Thomas S. Boyland* Democrat
55th Thomas R. Fortune* Democrat
56th Albert Vann* Democrat
57th Harvey L. Strelzin* Democrat
58th Joseph R. Lentol* Democrat
59th Victor L. Robles Democrat
60th Guy Molinari* Republican on November 4, 1980, elected to the 97th U.S. Congress
61st Elizabeth Connelly* Democrat
62nd Louis DeSalvio* Democrat resigned on January 9, 1979
Paul M. Viggiano Democrat on March 20, 1979, elected to fill vacancy[14]
63rd Sheldon Silver* Democrat
64th William F. Passannante* Democrat
65th Steven Sanders* Democrat
66th Mark Alan Siegel* Democrat
67th Richard N. Gottfried* Democrat
68th Alexander B. Grannis* Democrat
69th Jerrold Nadler* Democrat
70th Edward C. Sullivan* Democrat
71st George W. Miller* Democrat Majority Whip
72nd Angelo Del Toro* Democrat
73rd Edward H. Lehner* Democrat
74th Herman D. Farrell, Jr.* Democrat
75th José E. Serrano* Democrat
76th Charles R. Johnson* Democrat
77th Armando Montano* Democrat
78th Estella B. Diggs* Democrat
79th Louis Niñé* Democrat Chairman of the Democratic Conference
80th Guy J. Velella* Republican
81st Eliot Engel* Democrat
82nd Sean P. Walsh* Democrat
83rd George Friedman* Democrat
84th G. Oliver Koppell* Democrat
85th John C. Dearie* Democrat
86th Vincent A. Marchiselli* Democrat
87th Nicholas A. Spano Republican
88th Richard C. Ross* Republican
89th William B. Finneran* Democrat
90th Gordon W. Burrows* Republican Deputy Minority Leader
91st John M. Perone Republican
92nd Peter M. Sullivan* Republican
93rd Jon S. Fossel Republican
94th Willis H. Stephens* Republican
95th Eugene Levy* Republican
96th Robert J. Connor* Democrat
97th William J. Larkin, Jr. Republican
98th Raymond M. Kisor Republican
99th Emeel S. Betros* Republican died on March 10, 1980
Stephen M. Saland Republican on April 15, 1980, elected to fill vacancy[15]
100th Glenn E. Warren* Republican
101st Maurice D. Hinchey* Democrat Chairman of Environmental Conservation
102nd Clarence D. Lane* Republican
103rd Michael J. Hoblock, Jr.* Republican
104th Richard J. Conners* Democrat
105th Arlington P. Van Dyke Republican
106th Neil W. Kelleher* Republican
107th Clark C. Wemple* Republican
108th Robert A. D'Andrea* Republican
109th Glenn H. Harris* Republican Minority Whip
110th Joan B. Hague Republican
111th Andrew W. Ryan, Jr.* Republican
112th David O'Brien Martin* Republican on November 4, 1980, elected to the 97th U.S. Congress
113th Anthony J. Casale Republican
114th H. Robert Nortz* Republican
115th William R. Sears* Republican
116th Nicholas J. Calogero* Republican
117th John R. Zagame* Republican
118th Leonard F. Bersani* Republican
119th Hyman M. Miller* Republican
120th Melvin N. Zimmer* Democrat
121st William E. Bush* Republican
122nd Clarence D. Rappleyea, Jr.* Republican Chairman of the Republican Conference
123rd James W. McCabe* Democrat
124th James R. Tallon, Jr.* Democrat Chairman of Health
125th Lloyd Stephen Riford, Jr.* Republican
126th George H. Winner, Jr. Republican
127th Charles D. Henderson* Republican
128th Hugh S. MacNeil Republican
129th L. Paul Kehoe Republican
130th Thomas A. Hanna* Republican
131st Gary Proud* Democrat
132nd Pinny Cooke* Republican
133rd Andrew D. Virgilio* Democrat
134th Roger J. Robach* Democrat
135th James F. Nagle* Republican
136th James L. Emery* Republican Minority Leader
137th R. Stephen Hawley* Republican
138th Joseph T. Pillittere Democrat
139th Matthew J. Murphy, Jr.* Democrat
140th Robin L. Schimminger* Democrat
141st John B. Sheffer II Republican
142nd Stephen R. Greco* Democrat
143rd Arthur O. Eve* Democrat
144th William B. Hoyt* Democrat
145th Richard J. Keane Democrat
146th Dennis T. Gorski* Democrat
147th Richard L. Kennedy Republican
148th Vincent J. Graber, Sr.* Democrat Chairman of Transportation
149th Daniel B. Walsh* Democrat Majority Leader[16]
150th Rolland E. Kidder* Democrat



  1. GOVERNOR PROPOSES ADDITIONAL TAX CUT TO FOSTER ECONOMY in the New York Times on January 4, 1979 (subscription required)
  2. Albany Session Closes in Flurry Of Late Voting in the New York Times on June 18, 1979 (subscription required)
  3. Albany Assembly Votes to End Sales Tax on Fuel Next October in the New York Times on October 26, 1979 (subscription required)
  4. ASSEMBLY OVERRIDES CAREY'S TWO VETOES ON HEATING BILL AID in the New York Times on November 21, 1979 (subscription required)
  5. State Senate Overrides 2 Vetoes By Carey of Bills for Heating Aid in the New York Times on November 28, 1979 (subscription required)
  6. Carey Calls for Limits on Spending And More Federal Funds for State in the New York Times on January 10, 1980 (subscription required)
  7. Albany 'Recess' Allows Leaders to Call Session in the New York Times on June 16, 1980 (subscription required)
  8. Albany Agenda May Run Into Trouble in the New York Times on November 20, 1980 (subscription required)
  9. Aid for Troubled Housing Projects Voted as Legislature Ends Session in the New York Times on November 24, 1980 (subscription required)
  10. A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE LEGISLATURE IS CALLED BY CAREY in the New York Times on November 19, 1980 (subscription required)
  11. McCall gets U.N. job in post-Young shuffle in the Columbia Daily Spectator on January 23, 1980
  12. W. Side Community Board Head Wins Vote for State Senate Seat in the New York Times on February 13, 1980 (subscription required)
  13. Cohen Wins in Queens Proving Ground for Politicians in the New York Times on February 13, 1980 (subscription required)
  14. Viggiano Wins an Assembly Seat In S.I. District in an Easy Victory in the New York Times on March 21, 1979 (subscription required)
  15. Saland captures Betros' seat in the Taconic Newspapers on April 17, 1980
  16. Assemblyman Walsh, an Upstater, Is Named Majority Leader by Fink in the New York Times on January 5, 1979 (subscription required)