155th New York State Legislature

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155th 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, 1932

President of the State Senate: Lt. Gov. Herbert H. Lehman (D)
Temporary President of the State Senate: George R. Fearon (R)
Speaker of the State Assembly: Joseph A. McGinnies (R)
Members: 51 Senators
150 Assemblymen
Senate Majority: Republican (27–24)
Assembly Majority: Republican (80–70)

Sessions
1st: January 6 – March 11, 1932
2nd: December 9 – 14, 1932
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The 155th New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 6 to December 14, 1932, during the fourth 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 Democratic Party and the Republican Party. The Socialist Party and the Communist Party also nominated tickets.

Elections[edit]

The New York state election, 1931, was held on November 3. 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 6, 1932; and adjourned on March 11.[1]

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

The Legislature met for a special session at the State Capitol in Albany on December 9, 1932;[2] and adjourned on December 14. This session was called to enact legislation to avoid the financial breakdown of New York City which threatened to occur on December 17.

State Senate[edit]

Districts[edit]

Members[edit]

The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued in office as members of this Legislature. Joe R. Hanley 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 Chairman of Conservation
2nd Joseph D. Nunan, Jr.* Democrat
3rd Frank B. Hendel* Democrat
4th Philip M. Kleinfeld* Democrat
5th John J. Howard* Democrat
6th Marcellus H. Evans* Democrat
7th John A. Hastings* Democrat
8th William L. Love* Democrat
9th Henry L. O'Brien* Democrat
10th Jeremiah F. Twomey* Democrat
11th James J. Crawford* Democrat
12th Elmer F. Quinn* Democrat
13th Thomas F. Burchill* Democrat
14th Edward J. Ahearn Democrat elected to fill vacancy, in place of Bernard Downing
15th John L. Buckley* Democrat
16th John J. McNaboe* Democrat
17th Samuel H. Hofstadter* Republican Chairman of General Laws
18th John T. McCall* Democrat
19th Duncan T. O'Brien* Democrat
20th A. Spencer Feld* Democrat
21st Henry G. Schackno* Democrat
22nd Julius S. Berg* Democrat
23rd John J. Dunnigan* Democrat Minority Leader
24th Harry J. Palmer* Democrat
25th Walter W. Westall* Republican Chairman of Internal Affairs
26th Seabury C. Mastick* Republican Chairman of Taxation and Retrenchment
27th Thomas C. Desmond* Republican Chairman of Military Affairs
28th J. Griswold Webb* Republican Chairman of Public Education
29th Arthur H. Wicks* Republican Chairman of Public Health
30th William T. Byrne* Democrat
31st John F. Williams* Republican Chairman of Affairs of Villages
32nd Alexander G. Baxter* Republican Chairman of Revision
33rd Henry E. H. Brereton* Republican Chairman of Civil Service
34th Warren T. Thayer* Republican Chairman of Public Service
35th Henry I. Patrie* Republican Chairman of Privileges and Elections
36th Charles B. Horton* Republican Chairman of Printed and Engrossed Bills
37th Perley A. Pitcher* Republican Chairman of Judiciary
38th George R. Fearon* Republican Temporary President; Chairman of Rules
39th John W. Gates* Republican Chairman of Labor and Industry
40th Bert Lord* Republican Chairman of Pensions
41st Frank A. Frost* Republican Chairman of Commerce and Navigation
42nd Charles J. Hewitt* Republican Chairman of Finance
43rd Leon F. Wheatley* Republican Chairman of Insurance
44th Joe R. Hanley* Republican elected to fill vacancy, in place of John Knight;
Chairman of Public Printing
45th Cosmo A. Cilano* Republican Chaiman of Codes
46th Fred J. Slater* Republican Chairman of Penal Institutions
47th William W. Campbell* Republican Chairman of Banks; Chairman of Re-Apportionment
48th William J. Hickey* Republican Chairman of Cities
49th Stephen J. Wojtkowiak* Democrat
50th Nelson W. Cheney* Republican Chairman of Canals
51st Leigh G. Kirkland* Republican 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 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 Carl Pack* 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 Affairs of Cities
Cattaraugus James W. Riley* Rep./Soc.
Cayuga Fred Lewis Palmer* Rep./Soc.
Chautauqua 1st Hubert E. V. Porter* Republican
2nd Joseph A. McGinnies* Republican re-elected Speaker
Chemung G. Archie Turner* Republican
Chenango Irving M. Ives* Republican
Clinton Leo E. Trombly Democrat
Columbia Frederick A. Washburn Republican
Cortland Irving F. Rice* Republican
Delaware James R. Stevenson* Republican
Dutchess 1st Howard N. Allen* Republican
2nd Charles F. Close* Republican
Erie 1st Charles J. Gimbrone* Republican
2nd William L. Marcy, Jr.* Republican
3rd Frank X. Bernhardt* Republican
4th Anthony J. Canney* Democrat
5th Edwin L. Kantowski* Democrat
6th Howard W. Dickey* Republican
7th Arthur L. Swartz* Republican
8th R. Foster Piper* Republican
Essex Fred L. Porter* Republican Chairman of Ways and Means
Franklin James A. Latour* Republican
Fulton and Hamilton Harry F. Dunkel Republican
Genesee Herbert A. Rapp Republican
Greene Ellis W. Bentley* Republican
Herkimer Edward O. Davies Republican
Jefferson Jasper W. Cornaire* Republican
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 William Kirnan* 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 Minority Leader
19th Jerome G. Ambro* Democrat
20th Joseph J. Monahan Democrat
21st Joseph A. Esquirol* Democrat
22nd Jacob H. Livingston* Democrat
23rd Albert M. Cohen* Democrat
Lewis Edward M. Sheldon* Republican
Livingston James J. Wadsworth Republican
Madison Arthur A. Hartshorn* Republican
Monroe 1st Daniel J. O'Mara Republican
2nd Harry J. McKay* Republican
3rd Haskell H. Marks* Republican
4th Richard L. Saunders* Republican
5th W. Ray Austin* Republican
Montgomery Rufus Richtmyer* Republican
Nassau 1st Edwin W. Wallace* Republican
2nd Edwin R. Lynde* Republican
New York 1st James J. Dooling* Democrat
2nd Millard E. Theodore* Democrat
3rd Sylvester A. Dineen* Democrat
4th Samuel Mandelbaum* Democrat
5th John F. Killgrew* Democrat
6th Irving D. Neustein* Democrat
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 William J. Sheldrick* Democrat
14th Joseph T. Higgins* Democrat
15th Abbot Low Moffat* Republican
16th William Schwartz* Democrat
17th Meyer Alterman* Democrat
18th Sol A. Hyman* Democrat
19th James E. Stephens* Democrat
20th Louis A. Cuvillier* Democrat
21st David Paris* Democrat
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
2nd Willis H. Sargent* Republican
3rd Richard B. Smith* Republican
Ontario Robert A. Catchpole* Republican
Orange 1st William J. Lamont* Republican
2nd Rainey S. Taylor* Republican
Orleans John S. Thompson* Republican
Oswego Victor C. Lewis* Republican
Otsego Frank M. Smith* Republican Chairman of Agriculture
Putnam D. Mallory Stephens* Republican Chairman of Military Affairs
Queens 1st John O'Rourke* Democrat
2nd Joseph C. Mulligan* Democrat
3rd Peter T. Farrell* Democrat
4th James A. Burke* Democrat
5th Maurice A. FitzGerald* Democrat
6th Frederick L. Zimmerman* Democrat
Rensselaer 1st Michael F. Breen* Democrat
2nd Maurice Whitney* Republican
Richmond 1st Francis P. Heffernan* Democrat
2nd William L. Vaughan* Democrat
Rockland Fred R. Horn, Jr.*[3] Democrat
St. Lawrence 1st Rhoda Fox Graves* Republican
2nd Walter L. Pratt* Republican
Saratoga Burton D. Esmond* Republican
Schenectady 1st Oswald D. Heck Republican
2nd John H. Buhrmaster Republican
Schoharie Kenneth H. Fake* Republican
Schuyler Frank Crowe Democrat
Seneca James D. Pollard* Republican
Steuben 1st Wilson Messer* Republican
2nd J. Austin Otto Republican
Suffolk 1st John G. Downs* Republican
2nd Hamilton F. Potter* Republican
Sullivan John T. Curtis Republican
Tioga Frank G. Miller* Republican
Tompkins James R. Robinson* Republican
Ulster Millard Davis* Republican
Warren Harry A. Reoux* Republican
Washington Herbert A. Bartholomew* Republican
Wayne Harry L. Averill Republican
Westchester 1st Charles H. Hathaway* Republican
2nd Ralph A. Gamble* Republican
3rd Hickson F. Hart Republican
4th Alexander H. Garnjost* Republican
5th William F. Condon* Republican
Wyoming Harold C. Ostertag Republican
Yates Fred S. Hollowell Republican

Employees[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ LEGISLATURE ENDS in the New York Times on March 12, 1932 (subscription required)
  2. ^ ROOSEVELT LIMITS LEGISLATURE'S AIMS in the New York Times on December 9, 1932 (subscription required)
  3. ^ Ferdinand R. Horn, Jr. (born 1897), ran sometimes for office as "Fred R. Horn, Jr."

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