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Assembly names leadership and committee chair assignments

By Tom Precious

ALBANY – Below is the list of Assembly leadership and committee chairs selected today by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for the new two-year legislative session.

Due mostly to the seniority-driven system in the chamber, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, a Kenmore Democrat, continues to be the only Western New York member of the Assembly to chair a standing committee; he keeps his longstanding post as chairman of economic development, which gives him a $18,000 annual stipend beyond his base pay of $79,500.

Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes moves up a couple notches in the leadership title race to chair of the majority conference. She now will get a $16,500 stipend for that post, up from $11,000 she had been making as secretary of the majority conference. (Correction: her previous stipend was $12,500 as chair of the farm, food and nutrition task force.)

Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, a Cheektowaga Democrat who represents a heavily suburban district, was named to head the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources; his stipend was not immediately clear this afternoon in a reading of a provision of state law pertaining to extra pay for legislators in certain posts. (Update: His stipend will be $12,500 annually.)

New committee chairs include Kevin Cahill, a Mid-Hudson Valley Democrat, of the Insurance Committee; Keith Wright, a Harlem Democrat, on the Housing Committee; Amy Paulin, a Westchester County Democrat, to the Energy Committee; Aileen Gunther, a Mid-Hudson Valley Democrat, to the Mental Health Committee, Charles Lavine, a Long Island Democrat, to the Ethics Committee, and Andrew Hevesi, a Queens Democrat and son of former state comptroller, Alan Hevesi, to the Oversight, Analysis and Investigation Committee.

Here is the full list of leadership and committee assignments: 



Sheldon Silver

Majority Leader

Joseph D. Morelle

Chair, Ways & Means

Herman D. Farrell, Jr.

Deputy Speaker

Earlene Hooper

Assistant Speaker

Rhoda S. Jacobs

Speaker Pro Tem

Jeffrion L. Aubry

Chair, Committee on Committees

Vivian E. Cook

Assistant Speaker Pro Tem

Harvey Weisenberg

Deputy Majority Leader

N. Nick Perry

Assistant Majority Leader

Dov Hikind

Majority Whip

William Colton

Deputy Majority Whip

Barbara M. Clark

Assistant Majority Whip

José Rivera

Chair, Majority Conference

Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes

Vice Chair, Majority Conference

Michelle Schimel

Secretary, Majority Conference

Michael G. DenDekker

Chair, Majority Program

Carmen E. Arroyo

Chair, Majority Steering

Barbara S. Lifton

Vice Chair, Majority Steering

Alec Brook-Krasny

Chair, House Operations

Alan N. Maisel


Standing Committees

Chair, Aging

Joan L. Millman

Chair, Agriculture

William Magee

Chair, Alcoholism & Drug Abuse

Steven Cymbrowitz

Chair, Banks

Annette M. Robinson

Chair, Children & Families

Donna A. Lupardo

Chair, Cities

Félix W. Ortiz

Chair, Codes

Joseph R. Lentol

Chair, Consumer Affairs

Jeffrey Dinowitz

Chair, Corporations, Authorities & Commissions

James F. Brennan

Chair, Correction

Daniel J. O'Donnell

Chair, Economic Development

Robin L. Schimminger

Chair, Education

Catherine T. Nolan

Chair, Election Law

Michael Cusick

Chair, Energy

Amy R. Paulin

Chair, Environmental Conservation

Robert K. Sweeney

Chair, Ethics & Guidance

Charles D. Lavine

Chair, Governmental Employees

Peter J. Abbate, Jr.

Chair, Governmental Operations

Steve Englebright

Chair, Health

Richard N. Gottfried

Chair, Higher Education

Deborah J. Glick

Chair, Housing

Keith L.T. Wright

Chair, Insurance

Kevin A. Cahill

Chair, Judiciary

Helene E. Weinstein

Chair, Labor

Carl E. Heastie

Chair, Libraries & Education Technology

Micah Z. Kellner

Chair, Local Governments

William B. Magnarelli

Chair, Mental Health

Aileen M. Gunther

Chair, Oversight, Analysis & Investigation

Andrew D. Hevesi

Chair, Racing & Wagering

J. Gary Pretlow

Chair, Real Property Taxation

Sandra R. Galef

Chair, Small Business

William Scarborough

Chair, Social Services

Michele R. Titus

Chair, Tourism

Margaret M. Markey

Chair, Transportation

David F. Gantt

Chair, Veterans' Affairs

Michael R. Benedetto


Task Forces & Legislative Commissions

Chair, Administrative Regulations Review

Kenneth P. Zebrowski

Chair, Farm, Food & Nutrition

Ellen C. Jaffee

Chair, Government Administration

Brian Kavanagh

Chair, New Americans

Nelson L. Castro

Chair, Reapportionment

Phil Ramos

Chair, Rural Resources

Dennis H. Gabryszak

Chair, Science & Technology

Linda B. Rosenthal

Chair, Skills Development & Career Education

Karim Camara

Chair, State-Federal Relations

Matthew J. Titone

Chair, Women's Issues

Addie J. Russell




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