Robert J. Rodriguez
|Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 68th district
January 1, 2011
|Preceded by||Adam Clayton Powell IV|
April 11, 1976 |
East Harlem, New York
|Residence||East Harlem, New York|
|Alma mater||Yale University
New York University
Rodriguez was born and raised East Harlem. He attended P.S. 112, River East Elementary School, Isaac Newton Middle School, and Cardinal Hayes High School. Rodriguez has a B.A. degree in history and political science from Yale University and an M.A. degree in finance from New York University. Rodriguez had the 6th worst attendance record during the 2013 legislative session. He missed 32% of all votes during the session. Some important legislation he failed to vote on included the NYS Dream Act and a bill to protect rent stabilized tenants. He votes with the Republican Caucus 85% of the time. He had only 2 bills pass both houses. 
Arrested for DUI
On June 4, 2013, Rodriguez was arrested in upstate New York and charged with driving while intoxicated (DUI). According to the Colonie Police Department, Rodriguez was driving erratically and dangerously, and failed several field sobriety tests, and had "watery, bloodshot eyes and slow speech. " He is one of 33 legislators in NY that have been charged with misconduct or crimes since 2000.
Rodriguez has one of the worst voting records in the state assembly. He was ranked as the 6th most absentee legislator in the state. Some missed votes include the Women's Equality Act, expanding protections for tenants in Mitchell Lambda Housing, and Family Sick Leave.
- "Legislative Preview: Meet The New Members". The Capitol. Manhattan Media. January 6, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2011.
- "Robert J. Rodriguez: Biography". New York State Assembly. Retrieved March 13, 2011.
- stblyman-busted-dwi-article-1.1363305 New York Daily News, East Harlem state assemblyman busted for DUI adds to Albany Shame Retrieved 06-26-2013
- New York Times, 06-05-2013 Retrieved 06-26-2013
|New York Assembly|
Adam Clayton Powell IV
|New York State Assembly, 68th District