153rd New York State Legislature

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153rd 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, 1930

President of the State Senate: Lt. Gov. Herbert H. Lehman (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 (86–64)

Sessions
1st: January 1 – April 12, 1930
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The 153rd New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 1 to April 12,[1] 1930, during the second year of Franklin D. Roosevelt's governorship, 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.

Elections[edit]

The New York state election, 1929, was held on November 5. No statewide elective offices were up for election.

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 1, 1930; and adjourned at 1 a.m. on April 12.[2]

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. Bert Lord and Nelson W. Cheney 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
2nd Stephen F. Burkard* Democrat
3rd Alfred J. Kennedy* Democrat resigned on May 1, 1930, to become Public Administrator of Queens.[3]
4th Philip M. Kleinfeld* Democrat
5th Daniel F. Farrell* Democrat resigned in August 1930 to become Deputy Register of Kings Co.
6th Marcellus H. Evans* Democrat
7th John A. Hastings* Democrat
8th William L. Love* Democrat
9th vacant Charles E. Russell resigned on December 3, 1929, to go on the NY Supreme Court
Henry L. O'Brien Democrat elected on January 9, 1930, to fill vacancy;[4] took seat on January 20[5]
10th Jeremiah F. Twomey* Democrat
11th James J. Crawford* Democrat
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 Samuel H. Hofstadter* Republican
18th Martin J. Kennedy* Democrat on March 11 elected to the 71st U.S. Congress[6]
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 Harry J. Palmer* Democrat
25th Walter W. Westall* Republican
26th Seabury C. Mastick* Republican
27th Caleb H. Baumes* Republican
28th J. Griswold Webb* Republican
29th Arthur H. Wicks* Republican
30th William T. Byrne* Democrat
31st John F. Williams* Republican
32nd Thomas C. Brown* Republican
33rd Henry E. H. Brereton* Republican
34th Warren T. Thayer* Republican
35th Henry I. Patrie* Republican
36th Henry D. Williams* Republican
37th Perley A. Pitcher* Republican
38th George R. Fearon* Republican
39th John W. Gates* Republican
40th vacant B. Roger Wales died on November 25, 1929
Bert Lord* Republican elected on January 3, 1930, to fill vacancy[7]
41st Frank A. Frost* Republican
42nd Charles J. Hewitt* Republican Chairman of Finance
43rd Leon F. Wheatley* Republican
44th John Knight* Republican Temporary President
45th Cosmo A. Cilano* Republican
46th Fred J. Slater* Republican
47th William W. Campbell* Republican
48th William J. Hickey* Republican
49th Stephen J. Wojtkowiak* Democrat
50th Nelson W. Cheney* Republican elected to fill vacancy, in place of Charles A. Freiberg
51st Leigh G. Kirkland* Republican

Employees[edit]

  • Clerk: A. Miner Wellman
  • Sergeant-at-Arms: Charles R. Hotaling
  • Stenographer: John K. Marshall

State Assembly[edit]

Assemblymen[edit]

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

District Assemblymen Party Notes
Albany 1st John H. Cahill Democrat
2nd John P. Hayes* Democrat
3rd Rudolph I. Roulier* Democrat
Allegany Harry E. Goodrich 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 John A. Devany, Jr. Democrat
Broome 1st Edmund B. Jenks* Republican Chairman of Judiciary
2nd Forman E. Whitcomb* Republican Chairman of Cities
Cattaraugus James W. Watson* Republican Chairman of Claims
Cayuga Chauncey D. Van Alstine* Republican
Chautauqua 1st Hubert E. V. Porter* Republican
2nd Joseph A. McGinnies* Republican re-elected Speaker; Chairman of Rules
Chemung G. Archie Turner* Republican
Chenango Bert Lord* Republican elected on January 3, 1930, to the State Senate
Irving M. Ives Republican elected on February 18, 1930, to fill vacancy
Clinton Charles D. Munsil* Republican
Columbia Henry M. James* Republican Chairman of Commerce and Navigation
Cortland Irving F. Rice* Republican Chairman of Public Education
Delaware James R. Stevenson* 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 J. Gimbrone* Republican
2nd William L. Marcy, Jr.* Republican
3rd Frank X. Bernhardt* Republican Chairman of Revision
4th Anthony J. Canney* Democrat
5th Ansley B. Borkowski* Republican Chairman of General Laws
6th Howard W. Dickey* Republican
7th Arthur L. Swartz* Republican
8th R. Foster Piper Republican
Essex Fred L. Porter* Republican Chairman of Re-0rganization of State Government
Franklin James A. Latour 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 Chairman of Conservation
Herkimer William J. Thistlethwaite* Republican
Jefferson Jasper W. Cornaire* Republican Chairman of Re-Apportionment
Kings 1st Crawford W. Hawkins Democrat
2nd Albert D. Schanzer 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 Luke O'Reilly Democrat
9th Daniel McNamara, Jr. 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 George W. Stewart Democrat
18th Irwin Steingut* Democrat elected Minority Leader on January 20[8]
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 Edward M. Sheldon Republican
Livingston A. Grant Stockweather* Republican
Madison Arthur A. Hartshorn* Republican Chairman of Social Welfare
Monroe 1st Truman G. Searle Republican
2nd Harry J. McKay* Republican
3rd Haskell H. Marks* Republican
4th Richard L. Saunders* Republican
5th W. Ray Austin* Republican Chairman of Military Affairs
Montgomery Rufus Richtmyer* Republican
Nassau 1st Edwin W. Wallace* Republican Chairman of Villages
2nd Edwin R. Lynde* Republican
New York 1st Peter J. Hamill* Democrat Minority Leader; died on January 13, 1930
James J. Dooling Democrat elected on March 11, 1930, to fill vacancy[9]
2nd Millard E. Theodore 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 Ira H. Holley Democrat
10th Langdon W. Post* Democrat
11th Patrick H. Sullivan Democrat
12th John A. Byrnes* Democrat
13th Joseph H. Broderick Democrat
14th Joseph T. Higgins* Democrat
15th Abbot Low Moffat* Republican
16th William Schwartz Democrat
17th Meyer Alterman* Democrat
18th Vincent H. Auleta* Democrat
19th Francis E. Rivers[10] Republican
20th Louis A. Cuvillier* Democrat
21st Lamar Perkins Republican
22nd Benjamin B. Mittler Democrat
23rd Alexander A. Falk* Democrat
Niagara 1st Fayette E. Pease* Republican
2nd Roy Hewitt* Republican
Oneida 1st Charles J. Peters Republican
2nd Russell G. Dunmore* Republican Majority Leader
3rd Walter W. Abbott Republican
Onondaga 1st Horace M. Stone* Republican Chairman of Insurance
2nd Willis H. Sargent* Republican Chairman of Banks
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 Chairman of Agriculture
Putnam D. Mallory Stephens* Republican
Queens 1st John O'Rourke Democrat
2nd Frank B. Hendel* Democrat
3rd Peter T. Farrell Democrat
4th Joseph D. Nunan, Jr. Democrat
5th Maurice A. FitzGerald* Democrat
6th Frederick L. Zimmerman Democrat
Rensselaer 1st Michael F. Breen* Democrat
2nd Maurice Whitney* Republican
Richmond 1st Francis A. Hannigan* Democrat
2nd William L. Vaughan* Democrat
Rockland Fred R. Horn, Jr.[11] Democrat
St. Lawrence 1st Rhoda Fox Graves* Republican Chairwoman of Public Institutions
2nd Walter L. Pratt* Republican Chairman of Taxation
Saratoga Burton D. Esmond* Republican Chairman of Codes
Schenectady 1st Charles W. Merriam* Republican
2nd William W. Wemple, Jr. Republican
Schoharie Kenneth H. Fake* Republican Chairman of Pensions
Schuyler Jacob W. Winters Republican
Seneca James D. Pollard Republican
Steuben 1st Wilson Messer* Republican Chairman of Soldiers' Homes
2nd James T. Foody* Republican
Suffolk 1st John G. Downs* Republican Chairman of Printed and Engrossed Bills
2nd Hamilton F. Potter* Republican
Sullivan J. Maxwell Knapp* Republican
Tioga Frank G. Miller Republican
Tompkins James R. Robinson* Republican
Ulster Millard Davis* Republican
Warren Paul L. Boyce* Republican
Washington Herbert A. Bartholomew* Republican Chairman of Internal Affairs
Wayne Harry A. Tellier* Republican Chairman of Excise
Westchester 1st Charles H. Hathaway Republican
2nd Herbert B. Shonk* Republican Chairman of Aviation; died on September 26, 1930
3rd Milan E. Goodrich* Republican Chairman of Penal Institutions
4th Alexander H. Garnjost* Republican
5th William F. Condon* Republican
Wyoming Joe R. Hanley* Republican
Yates Edwin C. Nutt* Republican

Employees[edit]

  • Clerk: Fred W. Hammond
  • Principal Doorkeeper: Charles H. Jackson
  • Second Assistant Doorkeeper: William Henry Hutchinson

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Note that the last legislative day was April 11, and the New York Red Book gives April 11 as the end of the session. In fact, the adjournment sine die occurred at 1.02 a.m. on April 12
  2. ^ LEGISLATURE ENDS SESSION in the New York Times on April 12, 1930 (subscription required)
  3. ^ KENNEDY QUITS SENATE FOR POST IN QUEENS in the New York Times on April 12, 1930 (subscription required)
  4. ^ O'BRIEN ELECTED SENATOR in the New York Times on January 10, 1930 (subscription required)
  5. ^ RULES O'BRIEN ELECTED in the New York Times on January 21, 1930 (subscription required)
  6. ^ DEMOCRATS VICTORS IN SPECIAL ELECTIONS; Kennedy Wins for House in 18th District in the New York Times on March 12, 1930 (subscription required)
  7. ^ LORD ELECTED TO SENATE in the New York Times on January 4, 1930 (subscription required)
  8. ^ Steingut Made Democratic Leader in the New York Times on January 21, 1930 (subscription required)
  9. ^ DEMOCRATS VICTORS IN SPECIAL ELECTIONS; ...and Dooling for Assembly in First A. D. in the New York Times on March 12, 1930 (subscription required)
  10. ^ Francis E. Rivers (1893–1975), "the first black judge on the City Court" according to Francis E. Rivers Dies; Black City Judge Was 82 in the New York Times on July 29, 1975 (subscription required)
  11. ^ Ferdinand R. Horn, Jr. (born 1897), ran sometimes for office as "Fred R. Horn, Jr."

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