151st New York State Legislature

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151st New York State Legislature
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New York State Capitol (2009)

Duration: January 1 – December 31, 1928

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 (88–62)

Sessions
1st: January 4 – March 22, 1928
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The 151st New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 4 to March 22, 1928, during the sixth 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 also nominated tickets.

Elections[edit]

The New York state election, 1927, was held on November 8. The only statewide elective office up for election was a judgeship on the New York Court of Appeals which was carried by the incumbent Democrat John F. O'Brien who was nominated by the Democrats and endorsed by the Republicans.

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 4, 1928; and adjourned on March 22.[1]

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

State Senate[edit]

Districts[edit]

Members[edit]

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 Senator Party Notes
1st George L. Thompson* Republican Chairman of Conservation
2nd Stephen F. Burkard* Democrat
3rd Alfred J. Kennedy* Democrat
4th Philip M. Kleinfeld* Democrat
5th Daniel F. Farrell* Democrat
6th Marcellus H. Evans* Democrat
7th John A. Hastings* Democrat
8th William L. Love* Democrat
9th Charles E. Russell* Democrat
10th Jeremiah F. Twomey* Democrat
11th Louis J. Jacobson Democrat elected to fill vacancy. in place of Daniel J. Carroll
12th Elmer F. Quinn* Democrat
13th Thomas F. Burchill* Democrat
14th Bernard Downing* Democrat Minority Leader
15th John L. Buckley* Democrat
16th Thomas I. Sheridan* Democrat
17th Abraham Greenberg* Democrat unsuccessfully contested by Courtlandt Nicoll (R)[2]
18th Martin J. Kennedy* Democrat
19th Duncan T. O'Brien* Democrat
20th A. Spencer Feld* Democrat
21st Henry G. Schackno* Democrat
22nd Benjamin Antin* Democrat
23rd John J. Dunnigan* Democrat
24th Thomas J. Walsh* Democrat
25th Walter W. Westall* Republican Chairman of Internal Affairs
26th Seabury C. Mastick* Republican Chairman of Taxation and Retrenchment
27th Caleb H. Baumes* Republican Chairman of Codes
28th J. Griswold Webb* Republican Chairman of Public Health
29th Arthur H. Wicks* Republican Chairman of Revision
30th William T. Byrne* Democrat
31st John F. Williams* Republican Chairman of Affairs of Villages
32nd Thomas C. Brown* Republican Chairman of Penal Institutions
33rd Henry E. H. Brereton* Republican Chairman of Commerce and Navigation
34th Warren T. Thayer* Republican Chairman of Public Service
35th Jeremiah Keck* Republican Chairman of Public Printing
36th Henry D. Williams* Republican Chairman of Military Affairs;
Chairman of Privileges and Elections
37th Perley A. Pitcher* Republican Chairman of Civil Service;
Chairman of Re-Organization of State Government
38th George R. Fearon* Republican Chairman of Judiciary
39th John W. Gates* Republican
40th B. Roger Wales* Republican Chairman of Insurance
41st James S. Truman* Republican Chairman of Labor and Industry
42nd Charles J. Hewitt* Republican Chairman of Finance
43rd Leon F. Wheatley* Republican Chairman of Printed and Engrossed Bills
44th John Knight* Republican Temporary President; Chairman of Rules
45th James L. Whitley* Republican Chairman of Affairs of Cities;
on November 6, 1928, elected to the 71st U.S. Congress
46th Homer E. A. Dick* Republican Chairman of Public Education
47th William W. Campbell* Republican Chairman of Banks; Chairman of Re-Apportionment
48th William J. Hickey* Republican Chairman of General Laws
49th Leonard R. Lipowicz* Republican Chairman of Pensions
50th Charles A. Freiberg* Republican Chairman of Canals
51st Leigh G. Kirkland* Rep./Soc. 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 George B. Lidzy Democrat
2nd John P. Hayes* Democrat
3rd Rudolph I. Roulier* Democrat
Allegany Cassius Congdon* Republican
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 Christopher C. McGrath Democrat
7th John F. Reidy* Democrat
8th Joseph E. Kinsley* Democrat
Broome 1st Edmund B. Jenks* Republican
2nd Forman E. Whitcomb* Republican
Cattaraugus James W. Watson* Republican
Cayuga Chauncey D. Van Alstine Republican
Chautauqua 1st Hubert E. V. Porter Republican
2nd Joseph A. McGinnies* Republican re-elected Speaker
Chemung G. Archie Turner* Republican
Chenango Bert Lord* Republican
Clinton Charles D. Munsil Republican
Columbia Henry M. James* Republican
Cortland Irving F. Rice* Republican
Delaware Ralph H. Loomis* Republican
Dutchess 1st Howard N. Allen* Republican
2nd John M. Hackett* Republican
Erie 1st Charles J. Gimbrone Republican
2nd Henry W. Hutt* Republican
3rd Frank X. Bernhardt* Republican
4th William J. Gleason Republican
5th Ansley B. Borkowski* Republican
6th Howard W. Dickey* Republican
7th Edmund F. Cooke* Republican on November 6, 1928, elected to the 71st U.S. Congress
8th Nelson W. Cheney* Republican
Essex Fred L. Porter* Republican
Franklin John E. Redwood* Republican
Fulton and Hamilton Eberly Hutchinson* Republican Chairman of Ways and Means
Genesee Charles P. Miller* Republican
Greene Ellis W. Bentley* Republican
Herkimer Theodore L. Rogers* Republican
Jefferson Jasper W. Cornaire 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 Robert E. Sweeney 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 Robert K. Story, Jr. Republican
18th Irwin Steingut* Democrat
19th Jerome G. Ambro* Democrat
20th Frank A. Miller* Democrat
21st Joseph A. Esquirol Democrat
22nd Jacob H. Livingston* Democrat
23rd Albert M. Cohen Democrat
Lewis Clarence L. Fisher* Republican
Livingston A. Grant Stockweather* Republican
Madison Arthur A. Hartshorn 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
Montgomery Rufus Richtmyer* Republican
Nassau 1st Edwin W. Wallace* Republican
2nd Leonard W. Hall* Republican on November 6, 1928, elected Sheriff of Nassau Co.
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 Louis J. Lefkowitz Republican
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 Joseph T. Higgins 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
Oneida 1st Gordon C. Ferguson Republican
2nd Russell G. Dunmore* Republican Majority Leader
3rd George J. Skinner* Republican
Onondaga 1st Horace M. Stone* Republican
2nd Willis H. Sargent* Republican
3rd Richard B. Smith* Republican
Ontario Robert A. Catchpole* Republican
Orange 1st DeWitt C. Dominick* Republican
2nd Alexander G. Hall* Republican
Orleans Frank H. Lattin* Republican
Oswego Victor C. Lewis* Republican
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 on November 6, 1928, elected to the 71st U.S. Congress
6th Paul P. Gallagher* Democrat
Rensselaer 1st Michael F. Breen* Democrat
2nd Maurice Whitney* Republican
Richmond 1st Francis A. Hannigan Democrat
2nd William L. Vaughan* Democrat
Rockland Walter S. Gedney* Republican
St. Lawrence 1st Rhoda Fox Graves* Republican
2nd Walter L. Pratt* Republican
Saratoga Burton D. Esmond* Republican
Schenectady 1st Charles W. Merriam* Republican
2nd William M. Nicoll* Republican
Schoharie Kenneth H. Fake* Republican
Schuyler James A. Shepard Republican
Seneca William H. Van Cleef* Republican
Steuben 1st Wilson Messer* Republican
2nd Webster Edmunds* Republican
Suffolk 1st John G. Downs* Republican
2nd John Boyle, Jr.* Republican
Sullivan Guernsey T. Cross Democrat
Tioga Daniel P. Witter* Republican
Tompkins James R. Robinson* Republican
Ulster Millard Davis* Republican
Warren Paul L. Boyce Republican
Washington Herbert A. Bartholomew* Republican
Wayne Harry A. Tellier* Republican
Westchester 1st William C. Olsen* Republican
2nd Herbert B. Shonk* Republican Chairman of Aviation
3rd Milan E. Goodrich* Republican
4th Alexander H. Garnjost* Republican
5th William F. Condon Republican
Wyoming Joe R. Hanley* Republican
Yates Edwin C. Nutt* Republican

Employees[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ LEGISLATURE ENDS WITH A SLAUGHTER OF SMITH'S BILLS in the New York Times on March 23, 1928 (subscription required)
  2. ^ GREENBERG'S RIGHT TO SEAT CONFIRMED in the New York Times on February 16, 1928 (subscription required)

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