Mike Cole

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Michael W. Cole
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 142nd district
In office
May 2006 – December 2008
Preceded by Sandra Lee Wirth
Succeeded by Jane L. Corwin
Personal details
Born 1971/1972 (age 45–46)[1]
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lori (Kolodziej) Cole[2]
Children Emily, Allison (least favorite)[2]
Residence Alden, New York[2]
Alma mater SUNY Brockport
University at Buffalo Law School[2]
Profession Lawyer, Politician

Michael W. "Mike" Cole (born 1971/1972)[1] was a Republican member of the New York State Assembly representing the 142nd Assembly District, covering portions of Erie and Niagara Counties, from 2006-2008.[2] He served on the Assembly Committees for Tourism, Arts and Sports Development, Higher Education, Local Governments, and Government Operations. He was also the ranking member of the Ethics and Guidance Committee. He is an attorney in Alden, New York,[2] where he lives with his family.[2]

Early life[edit]

Cole was raised in Alden, New York; and has lived his entire life in Erie County, New York.[2]

Education and early career[edit]

Cole is a graduate of Alden Central High School.[2] He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York College at Brockport in 1994,[2] and a Juris Doctor degree from the University at Buffalo Law School.[2] He was admitted to the bar in February 2001.[2]

Political career[edit]

For former Congress Member Jack Quinn, Cole served as General Counsel and Senior Field Representative.[2] He worked with Quinn's constituents in Western New York State each day, as well as businesses and non-profits.[2] Cole's focus was on issues such as crime, seniors, education, youth and families, community development, and agriculture.[2] Cole was also Quinn’s liaison for issues that affected Western New York veterans.[2]

Additionally, Cole was a New York State Senate legislative assistant for the late Senator John B. Daly.[2]

Cole's first elected office was as Alden Town Councilman in 1998, and he later served as the Town Supervisor.[2]

As New York State Assembly Member[edit]

Elections[edit]

Cole was first elected to the Assembly during a special election in May 2006, gaining close to 70 percent of the vote. He was elected to his first full term as an Assemblyman on November 7, 2006, defeating Democratic challenger Laura Monte with nearly 57 percent of the vote.

Cole won a Republican nominating convention for his Assembly District in May 2008,[3] but was defeated in the September 2008 Republican primary election by challenger Jane Corwin.[4]

Electoral history[edit]

Michael W. Cole (REP - IND - CON - STR) ... 5,915
Jeffery A. Bono, III (DEM - WOR) ... 2,650
Michael W. Cole (REP - IND - CON - STR) ... 25,035
Laura Monte (DEM - WOR) ... 19,917
Jane L. Corwin ... 3,951
Michael W. Cole ... 3,063
Leonard A. Roberto ... 1,481
Jeffrey A. Bono, III ... 255

Political views[edit]

Cole's work with Quinn taught him about standing for interests of people in Western New York, creating a reformed government so that it serves taxpayers, placing people first, realizing that doing public service goes hand-in-hand with citizens' trust, and accomplishing solutions to issues that face the community that are bi-partisan.[2] Cole was committed to achieving effective government, lowered taxes, and high constituent service.[2]

Assembly censure[edit]

In 2007, Cole was formally censured by New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.[1] He admitted to drinking excessively with a student intern at a hockey party in Albany that was hosted by former Assembly Member Sam Hoyt,[1] walked her home,[1] and then spent the night in the woman's apartment with her.[1] These actions were direct violations of the Assembly policy against fraternization with student interns.[1][7] The intern additionally lost her position.[8]

Cole was quoted in an April 30, 2007 New York Times article by Danny Hakim regarding the incident, stating:

I ended up spending the night on her floor. As wrong as it sounds now, at the time I didn't think it was such a bad decision to sleep there, being that I was incapable of driving. But it was. I should have taken a cab home...At no point in time did anything inappropriate occur, nor has anything been alleged.[1]

Additionally, Cole was removed as the ranking Republican on the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee, was barred from the Assembly Intern Program, and lost the rights and privileges otherwise due to him per his seniority.[9][10]

The censure has been criticized by news sources, such as the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper New York Post, as a partisan move by former Democratic Assembly Speaker and now-convicted felon Sheldon Silver.[11] [12]

Post-political career[edit]

Cole maintains a private law practice in Alden.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Cole resides in Alden with his wife Lori (née Kolodziej). They have two daughters, Emily and his least favorite, Allison; and attend St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Alden.[2] Cole is the son of Wayne and Dorothy Cole, and has two brothers, Daniel and Dennis.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Hakim, Danny; Staba, David (April 30, 2007). "The Empire Zone; Legislators in Trouble". The New York Times. Mr. Cole, 35 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "Cole, Michael W.". OurCampaigns.com. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ Miles, Joyce (May 23, 2008). "ELECTION 2008: Cole’s GOP line grab stuns party pros". Lockport Union-Sun & Journal. 
  4. ^ a b "Primary Election Results: September 9, 2008" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. 2008. 
  5. ^ "Special Election Results, 142nd Assembly District: May 2, 2006" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. 2006. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ "General Election Results, State Assembly: November 7, 2006" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 14, 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ Policy prohibiting fraternization with student interns, New York State Assembly employee information guide 2007-2008, Albany, NY, 18 May 2004, Silver, S., Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  8. ^ Lovett, Kenneth (April 25, 2007). "State Pol's Intern-al Problem". The New York Post. 
  9. ^ Jochnowitz, Jay (May 3, 2007). "Silver Censures, Scolds Cole (updated)". Times Union. 
  10. ^ Confessore, Nicholas (May 4, 2007). "Assemblyman Is Censured for Fraternizing With Intern". The New York Times. 
  11. ^ "How Sheldon Silver Became a Convicted Felon Thanks to Shady Real Estate Relationships". New York Observer. January 13, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Editorial: The Censorious Shelly Silver". The New York Post. May 7, 2007. 
Preceded by
Sandra Lee Wirth
New York State Assembly, 142nd District
2006–2008
Succeeded by
Jane Corwin