Donna Lupardo

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Donna Lupardo
Donna Lupardo 2017 photo.jpg
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 123rd district
Assumed office
January 1, 2005
Preceded byRobert Warner
Personal details
Born (1954-08-17) August 17, 1954 (age 64)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Scott Peters
EducationWagner College (BA)
Binghamton University (MA)
WebsiteOfficial website

Donna A. Lupardo (born August 17, 1954)[1] is a member of the New York State Assembly representing the 123rd Assembly District, which includes the city of Binghamton, New York, as well as the towns of Vestal, New York and Union, New York.[2] The villages of Johnson City, New York and Endicott, New York are contained within the Town of Union and also make up part of the district.

Lupardo was born in Staten Island, New York. She earned a B.A. degree from Wagner College in 1976, and an M.A. degree in philosophy from the Binghamton University in 1984.[1] Prior to her election to the Assembly she served in several capacities, including as a member of the Broome County Legislature from 1999 to 2000. She has also worked as a community mental health educator and was a faculty member at Binghamton University from 1980 to 1990.[1]

She was first elected to the State Assembly in November 2004, defeating the incumbent Robert Warner in the 126th Assembly District.[3] In November 2006, Lupardo was re-elected, defeating challenger Jay J. Dinga by a margin of almost 2 to 1.[4] She ran uncontested in the November 2008 general election[5][6] and won the November 2010 general election with 56 percent of the vote.[7][8]

After reapportionment, the boundaries to Lupardo's Assembly District remained unchanged, but the district number was changed from 126 to 123.[9] She was elected to her fifth term in 2012, easily defeating Broome County Legislator Julie Lewis, 62% to 38%.[10]

Lupardo ran unopposed again in 2014. In 2016, she defeated challenger Dorollo Nixon with nearly 59% percent of the vote.[11]

In 2017, Assemblywoman Lupardo was appointed as Chair of the Committee on Aging, having previously served as Chair of the Committee on Children and Families and Chair of the Legislative Commission on Science and Technology.[12] She currently serves on the following committees: Aging; Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development; Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry; Higher Education; and, Transportation.[13] Her other leadership positions include Chair of the Legislative Women's Caucus,[2] Co-Chair of the New York Legislative Aviation Caucus, and Past-President of the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators.[14]

Assemblywoman Lupardo's legislative accomplishments include authoring the State Green Building Construction Act and Contract Disclosure Act.[2] She also helped pass the Work Zone Safety Act and Yield-Right-Away legislation designed to keep our roadways safer.[2]

Assemblywoman Lupardo has been a leader in the efforts to legalize and commercialize hemp in New York.[15] In 2014, she authored legislation that was signed into law to allow research universities to partake in a pilot research program to grow industrial hemp.[14] In 2016, the State Legislature passed her second industrial hemp bill, which was signed into law, permitting the transportation, processing, sale, and distribution of hemp grown under the research pilot program.[16] Until the passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014, which allowed states to grow the crop in pilot research programs, the federal government banned hemp production.[15]

Lupardo lives in Endwell, New York with her husband, Scott J. Peters.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Assembly Member Donna A. Lupardo (NY)". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved August 19, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Assembly District 123, Donna A. Lupardo: Biography". New York State Assembly. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  3. ^ Cooper, Michael (November 4, 2004). "THE 2004 ELECTIONS: NEW YORK STATE -- ALBANY; Despite a Strong Showing for Incumbents, Both Parties Claim a Mandate for Reform". The New York Times.
  4. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/ContainerHistory.html?ContainerID=37455
  5. ^ "Election Results 2008: New York State Legislature". The New York Times. 2008. Archived from the original on 2012-05-11.
  6. ^ "Assembly Election Returns: November 4, 2008" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-08-23.
  7. ^ "Election Results 2010: New York State Legislature". The New York Times. 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-06-15.
  8. ^ "Assembly Election Returns: November 2, 2010" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-18.
  9. ^ http://www.latfor.state.ny.us/maps/?sec=2012a
  10. ^ http://www.ithacajournal.com/article/20121106/NEWS01/311060097/Lupardo-wins-fifth-term-NY-Assembly?nclick_check=1[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ https://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/local/2016/11/08/ny-assembly-lupardo-vs-nixon/93244342/
  12. ^ http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Donna-A-Lupardo/bio/
  13. ^ http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Donna-A-Lupardo/comm/
  14. ^ a b http://donnalupardo.com/about/
  15. ^ a b https://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/local/new-york/2016/10/19/lupardo-receives-hemp-award/92427984/
  16. ^ http://donnalupardo.com/lupardo-thrilled-with-new-industrial-hemp-initiative/

External links[edit]

New York Assembly
Preceded by
Robert Warner
Member of the New York Assembly
from the 123rd district

2005–present
Incumbent