150th New York State Legislature

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150th New York State Legislature
The facade of the New York State Capitol building in bright daylight
New York State Capitol (2009)

Duration: January 1 – December 31, 1927

President of the State Senate: Lt. Gov. Edwin Corning (D)
Temporary President of the State Senate: John Knight (R)
Speaker of the State Assembly: Joseph A. McGinnies (R)
Members: 51 Senators
150 Assemblymen
Senate Majority: Republican (27–24)
Assembly Majority: Republican (84–66)

Sessions
1st: January 5 – March 25, 1927
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The 150th New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 5 to March 25, 1927, during the fifth year of Al Smith's second tenure as Governor of New York, in Albany.

Background[edit]

Under the provisions of the New York Constitution of 1894, re-apportioned in 1917, 51 Senators and 150 assemblymen were elected in single-seat districts; senators for a two-year term, assemblymen for a one-year term. The senatorial districts consisted either of one or more entire counties; or a contiguous area within a single county. The counties which were divided into more than one senatorial district were New York (nine districts), Kings (eight), Bronx (three), Erie (three), Monroe (two), Queens (two) and Westchester (two). The Assembly districts were made up of contiguous area, all within the same county.

At this time there were two major political parties: the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. The Socialist Party, the Prohibition Party, the Workers Party and the Socialist Labor Party also nominated tickets.

Elections[edit]

The New York state election, 1926, was held on November 2. Governor Al Smith (Dem.) was re-elected. Lieutenant Governor Seymour Lowman (Rep.) was defeated for re-election by Smith's running mate Edwin Corning (Dem.). Of the other five statewide elective offices, three were carried by Democrats and two by Republicans. The approximate party strength at this election, as expressed by the vote for Governor, was: Democrats 1,520,000; Republicans 1,280,000; Socialists 83,000; Prohibition 21,000; Workers 5,500; and Socialist Labor 3,500.

Assemblywoman Rhoda Fox Graves (Rep.), of Gouverneur, a former school teacher who after her marriage became active in women's organisations and politics, was re-elected, and remained the only woman legislator.

Sessions[edit]

The Legislature met for the regular session at the State Capitol in Albany on January 5, 1927; and adjourned on March 25.[1]

Joseph A. McGinnies (Rep.) was re-elected Speaker.

John Knight (Rep.) was re-elected Temporary President of the State Senate.

State Senate[edit]

Districts[edit]

Members[edit]

The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued in office as members of this Legislature. Alfred J. Kennedy, Marcellus H. Evans, John L. Buckley, A. Spencer Feld, John W. Gates, Leon F. Wheatley and Charles A. Freiberg changed from the Assembly to the Senate.

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

District Senator Party Notes
1st George L. Thompson* Republican re-elected; Chairman of Conservation
2nd Stephen F. Burkard Democrat
3rd Alfred J. Kennedy* Democrat
4th Philip M. Kleinfeld* Democrat re-elected
5th Daniel F. Farrell* Democrat re-elected
6th Marcellus H. Evans* Democrat
7th John A. Hastings* Democrat re-elected
8th William L. Love* Democrat re-elected
9th Charles E. Russell* Democrat re-elected
10th Jeremiah F. Twomey* Democrat re-elected
11th Daniel J. Carroll* Democrat re-elected; died on March 6, 1927
12th Elmer F. Quinn* Democrat re-elected
13th Thomas F. Burchill* Democrat re-elected
14th Bernard Downing* Democrat re-elected; Minority Leader
15th John L. Buckley* Democrat
16th Thomas I. Sheridan* Democrat re-elected
17th Abraham Greenberg Democrat contested by Courtlandt Nicoll (R)[2]
18th Martin J. Kennedy* Democrat re-elected
19th Duncan T. O'Brien* Democrat re-elected
20th A. Spencer Feld* Democrat
21st Henry G. Schackno* Democrat re-elected
22nd Benjamin Antin* Democrat re-elected
23rd John J. Dunnigan* Democrat re-elected
24th Thomas J. Walsh* Democrat re-elected
25th Walter W. Westall* Republican re-elected; Chairman of Internal Affairs
26th Seabury C. Mastick* Republican re-elected; Chairman of Taxation and Retrenchment
27th Caleb H. Baumes* Republican re-elected; Chairman of Codes
28th J. Griswold Webb* Republican re-elected; Chairman of Public Health
29th Arthur H. Wicks Republican
30th William T. Byrne* Democrat re-elected
31st John F. Williams* Republican re-elected; Chairman of Affairs of Villages
32nd Thomas C. Brown* Republican re-elected; Chairman of Penal Institutions
33rd Henry E. H. Brereton Republican Chairman of Commerce and Navigation
34th Warren T. Thayer* Republican re-elected; Chairman of Public Service
35th Jeremiah Keck* Republican re-elected; Chairman of Public Printing
36th Henry D. Williams* Republican re-elected; Chairman of Military Affairs;
Chairman of Privileges and Elections
37th Perley A. Pitcher* Republican re-elected; Chairman of Civil Service;
Chairman of Re-Organization of State Government
38th George R. Fearon* Republican re-elected; Chairman of Judiciary
39th John W. Gates* Republican
40th B. Roger Wales* Republican re-elected; Chairman of Insurance
41st James S. Truman* Republican re-elected; Chairman of Labor and Industry
42nd Charles J. Hewitt* Republican re-elected; Chairman of Finance
43rd Leon F. Wheatley* Republican Chairman of Printed and Engrossed Bills
44th John Knight* Republican re-elected; re-elected Temporary President;
Chairman of Rules
45th James L. Whitley* Republican re-elected; Chairman of Affairs of Cities
46th Homer E. A. Dick* Republican re-elected; Chairman of Public Education
47th William W. Campbell* Republican re-elected; Chairman of Banks;
Chairman of Re-Apportionment
48th William J. Hickey* Republican re-elected; Chairman of General Laws
49th Leonard R. Lipowicz* Republican re-elected; Chairman of Canals
50th Charles A. Freiberg* Republican Chairman of Revision
51st Leigh G. Kirkland* Rep./Soc. re-elected; Chairman of Agriculture

Employees[edit]

State Assembly[edit]

Assemblymen[edit]

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

District Assemblymen Party Notes
Albany 1st William J. Snyder* Democrat
2nd John P. Hayes* Democrat
3rd Rudolph I. Roulier Democrat
Allegany Cassius Congdon* Republican Chairman of Soldiers Home
Bronx 1st Nicholas J. Eberhard* Democrat
2nd William F. Smith* Democrat
3rd Julius S. Berg* Democrat
4th Herman M. Albert* Democrat
5th Harry A. Samberg* Democrat
6th Thomas J. McDonald* Democrat
7th John F. Reidy* Democrat
8th Joseph E. Kinsley* Democrat
Broome 1st Edmund B. Jenks* Republican Chairman of Judiciary
2nd Forman E. Whitcomb* Republican Chairman of Affairs of Cities
Cattaraugus James W. Watson* Republican
Cayuga Sanford G. Lyon* Republican
Chautauqua 1st Adolf F. Johnson* Republican Chairman of Revision
2nd Joseph A. McGinnies* Rep./Soc. re-elected Speaker; Chairman of Rules
Chemung G. Archie Turner Republican
Chenango Bert Lord* Republican
Clinton Ezra Trepanier* Republican
Columbia Henry M. James* Republican
Cortland Irving F. Rice* Republican Chairman of Public Education
Delaware Ralph H. Loomis* Republican
Dutchess 1st Howard N. Allen* Republican Chairman of Charitable and Religious Societies
2nd John M. Hackett* Republican Chairman of Public Service
Erie 1st Charles I. Martina Democrat
2nd Henry W. Hutt* Republican Chairman of Re-Apportionment
3rd Frank X. Bernhardt* Republican
4th John J. Meegan* Democrat
5th Ansley B. Borkowski* Republican Chairman of General Laws
6th Howard W. Dickey Republican
7th Edmund F. Cooke* Republican
8th Nelson W. Cheney* Republican Chairman of Banks
Essex Fred L. Porter* Republican Chairman of Re-Organization of State Government
Franklin John E. Redwood* Republican
Fulton and Hamilton Eberly Hutchinson* Republican Chairman of Ways and Means
Genesee Charles P. Miller* Republican Chairman of Labor and Industries
Greene Ellis W. Bentley* Republican
Herkimer Theodore L. Rogers* Republican
Jefferson Alfred E. Emerson Republican
Kings 1st Charles F. Cline* Democrat
2nd Murray Hearn* Democrat
3rd Michael J. Gillen* Democrat
4th George E. Dennen* Democrat
5th John J. Cooney* Democrat
6th Jacob J. Schwartzwald Democrat
7th John J. Howard* Democrat
8th Joseph J. Larkin Democrat
9th Richard J. Tonry* Democrat
10th William C. McCreery* Democrat
11th Edward J. Coughlin* Democrat
12th Edward S. Moran, Jr. Democrat
13th William Breitenbach* Democrat
14th Jacob P. Nathanson Democrat
15th Edward P. Doyle* Democrat
16th Maurice Z. Bungard* Democrat
17th Edward E. Fay* Republican
18th Irwin Steingut* Democrat
19th Jerome G. Ambro* Democrat
20th Frank A. Miller* Democrat
21st Emory F. Dyckman* Republican
22nd Jacob H. Livingston* Democrat
23rd Joseph F. Ricca* Rep./Dem. Chairman of Claims
Lewis Clarence L. Fisher* Republican
Livingston A. Grant Stockweather Republican
Madison Harold O. Whitnall Republican
Monroe 1st Arthur T. Pammenter* Republican
2nd Harry J. McKay Republican
3rd Cosmo A. Cilano* Republican
4th Fred J. Slater* Republican
5th W. Ray Austin* Republican Chairman of Military Affairs
Montgomery Rufus Richtmyer Republican
Nassau 1st Edwin W. Wallace* Republican Chairman of Affairs of Villages
2nd Leonard W. Hall Republican
New York 1st Peter J. Hamill* Democrat
2nd Frank R. Galgano* Democrat
3rd Sylvester A. Dineen* Democrat
4th Samuel Mandelbaum* Democrat
5th Frank A. Carlin* Democrat
6th Morris Weinfeld* Democrat
7th Saul S. Streit Democrat
8th Henry O. Kahan* Democrat
9th John H. Conroy* Democrat
10th Phelps Phelps* Republican
11th Maurice F. Cantor Democrat
12th John A. Byrnes* Democrat
13th John P. Nugent* Democrat
14th Frederick L. Hackenburg* Democrat
15th Samuel H. Hofstadter* Republican
16th Maurice Bloch* Democrat Minority Leader
17th Meyer Alterman* Democrat
18th Vincent H. Auleta* Democrat
19th Abraham Grenthal* Republican
20th Louis A. Cuvillier* Democrat
21st Albert Grossman* Democrat
22nd Joseph A. Gavagan* Democrat
23rd Alexander A. Falk Democrat
Niagara 1st William Bewley Republican
2nd Frank S. Hall* Republican Chairman of Social Welfare
Oneida 1st Martin J. Lutz Democrat
2nd Russell G. Dunmore* Republican Majority Leader
3rd George J. Skinner* Republican
Onondaga 1st Horace M. Stone* Republican Chairman of Insurance
2nd Willis H. Sargent* Republican
3rd Richard B. Smith* Republican Chairman of Public Printing
Ontario Robert A. Catchpole* Republican
Orange 1st DeWitt C. Dominick* Republican
2nd Alexander G. Hall* Republican
Orleans Frank H. Lattin* Republican Chairman of Public Health
Oswego Victor C. Lewis* Republican Chairman of Canals
Otsego Frank M. Smith* Republican
Putnam D. Mallory Stephens* Republican
Queens 1st Carl Deutschmann Democrat
2nd Frank B. Hendel Democrat
3rd Charles W. Posthauer Democrat
4th Jere F. Ryan* Democrat
5th William F. Brunner* Democrat
6th Paul P. Gallagher* Democrat
Rensselaer 1st Michael F. Breen Democrat
2nd Maurice Whitney Republican
Richmond 1st William S. Hart* Democrat
2nd William L. Vaughan* Democrat
Rockland Walter S. Gedney* Republican Chairman of Commerce and Navigation
St. Lawrence 1st Rhoda Fox Graves* Republican Chairwoman of Public Institutions
2nd Walter L. Pratt* Republican Chairman of Taxation and Retrenchment
Saratoga Burton D. Esmond* Republican
Schenectady 1st Charles W. Merriam* Republican
2nd William M. Nicoll* Republican
Schoharie Kenneth H. Fake* Republican
Schuyler Jacob W. Winters* Republican
Seneca William H. Van Cleef* Republican
Steuben 1st Wilson Messer* Republican
2nd Webster Edmunds Republican
Suffolk 1st John G. Downs* Republican Chairman of Printed and Engrossed Bills
2nd John Boyle, Jr.* Republican
Sullivan Guernsey T. Cross Democrat
Tioga Daniel P. Witter* Republican Chairman of Agriculture
Tompkins James R. Robinson* Republican
Ulster Millard Davis* Republican
Warren Powel J. Smith Democrat
Washington Herbert A. Bartholomew* Republican Chairman of Internal Affairs
Wayne Harry A. Tellier* Republican Chairman of Excise
Westchester 1st William C. Olsen Republican
2nd Herbert B. Shonk* Republican
3rd Milan E. Goodrich* Republican Chairman of Penal Institutions
4th Alexander H. Garnjost* Republican
5th Arthur I. Miller* Democrat
Wyoming Joe R. Hanley Republican
Yates Edwin C. Nutt* Republican

Employees[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ GOV. SMITH WARNS OF POWER BILL VETO in the New York Times on March 25, 1927 (subscription required)
  2. ^ Nicoll Contests Greenberg's Seat in the New York Times on January 6, 1927 (subscription required)

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