1964 New York state election

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The 1964 New York state election was held on November 3, 1964, to elect a U.S. Senator from New York, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate.

U.S. Senate[edit]

Democratic former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy defeated incumbent Republican Senator, Kenneth B. Keating.


1964 state election result
Ticket U.S. Senator
Democratic Robert F. Kennedy 3,539,746
Republican Kenneth B. Keating 3,104,056
Liberal Robert F. Kennedy 284,646
Conservative Henry Paolucci[1] 212,216
Socialist Labor John Emanuel[2] 7,358
Socialist Workers Richard Garza[3] 4,202


The Democratic majority in the New York State Senate was split into the followers of Mayor Robert Wagner, Jr. (15 senators) and U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy (18 senators). Thus no Temporary President of the State Senate could be elected and the State Senate could not be organized. After six weeks of deadlock, Republican Governor Nelson Rockefeller urged the Republican senators to vote for Joseph Zaretzki, the leader of the Wagner faction.

In April 1965, the New York Court of Appeals voided the re-apportionment of the State Senate and Assembly districts enacted in December 1964, and ordered a new re-apportionment and a new election of State legislators in November 1965. Thus the legislators elected in 1964 served an exceptional one-year term, as did the legislators elected in 1965.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dr. Henry Paolucci (1921-1999), Professor of Comparative Literature and Ancient Greek and Roman History at Iona College, later Professor of Government and Politics at St. John's University, Henry Paolucci, 77, Scholar and a Leader in Conservative Party Obit in NYT on January 6, 1999
  2. ^ John Emanuel (born c. 1908 in Greece), "fur worker," ran also for Comptroller in 1954; and for Lieutenant Governor in 1958 and 1962
  3. ^ Richard Garza (born c. 1928 The Bronx), "restaurant worker and seaman," ran also for Mayor of New York in 1961; and for Governor in 1962