Who’s Who

 

New York Senate Leaders

 

New York Assembly Leaders


Who are the "Legislative Leaders?
The Legislative Leaders are the Temporary President of the Senate (the Senate Majority Leader), Senate Minority Leaders, and Senate Finance Committee Chairperson

Who are the presiding officers in the Senate?
The Lieutenant Governor is the president of the Senate and its presiding officer and has a casting vote only.

What are the major duties of the Temporary President of the Senate?
In addition to being Majority Leader the Senator holding this position is first in line after the Lieutenant Governor to succeed to the governorship. Senator Bruno is chairperson of the Rules Committee, appoints Senate committee chairpersons and members and is an ex-officio member of all committees and temporary state commissions.

How is the principal leaders chosen?
The Majority Leader in the Senate is elected by the members in the Senate.

 

 


Who are the "Legislative Leaders?

Assembly Speaker, Assembly Majority Leader, Assembly Minority Leaders, Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chairperson

Who are the presiding officers in the Assembly?
The Speaker is the presiding officer in the Assembly and the leader of that house.

What are the major duties of the Speaker of the Assembly?
In addition to presiding, the Speaker of the Assembly appoints Assembly committee chairpersons and members and is chairperson of the Rules Committee. The Speaker is an ex-officio member of all legislative committees and temporary state commissions. The Speaker is third in line to the governorship.

How is the principal leaders chosen?
The Speaker of the Assembly is elected by the members of that house. Normally, their elections are by "party votes."

What are the duties of the Majority Leader in the Assembly?
The Majority Leader's principal duties include being the floor leader, overseeing debates and setting the daily agenda.

 

Senate & Assembly

What are the major duties of the Minority Leaders?
The Minority Leaders are ex-officio members of all legislative committees and temporary state commissions. They have the right to make the last speech for their parties in debate. They recommend minority appointments to all standing committees and joint legislative committees.

What basic qualifications for Legislators are required by the State Constitution?
The State Constitution requires that Legislators are citizens of the United States, at least 18 years of age, residents of New York State for five years, and residents for 12 months of the Assembly or Senate district which they represent, except immediately after a reapportionment.

The State Senate has 62 members. The State Assembly has 150 members.