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New York, State Senate, District 21

New York State Senate District 21
Current incumbentKevin Parker Democratic Party

New York's twenty-first state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Kevin Parker.

New York state senators represent an average of 312,550 residents, as of the 2010 Census. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 306,072 residents.

About the office

Members of the New York State Senate serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. New York legislators assume office the first Wednesday in January. When the first Wednesday in January falls on January 1, it shall meet the next Wednesday.

Qualifications

Article 3, Section 7 of the New York Constitution states: "No person shall serve as a member of the legislature unless he or she is a citizen of the United States and has been a resident of the state of New York for five years, and, except as hereinafter otherwise prescribed, of the assembly or senate district for the twelve months immediately preceding his or her election; if elected a senator or member of assembly at the first election next ensuing after a readjustment or alteration of the senate or assembly districts becomes effective, a person, to be eligible to serve as such, must have been a resident of the county in which the senate or assembly district is contained for the twelve months immediately preceding his or her election. No member of the legislature shall, during the time for which he or she was elected, receive any civil appointment from the governor, the governor and the senate, the legislature or from any city government, to an office which shall have been created, or the emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time."

Salaries

State legislators
SalaryPer diem
$110,000/year$174/day (including overnight) or $59/day (no overnight).

Pension

Some legislators in New York are able to begin collecting a state pension while still serving in office and also receiving their normal salary. Under state law, if a lawmaker took office prior to 1995, they are eligible to begin collecting an annual pension once they turn 65. Those who took office after 1994 are not able to collect a pension while still in office. As of 2011, Rep. Herman Farrell (D) was the highest-paid state legislator, collecting his $113,500 salary as well as a pension of $81,619.

Vacancies

If there is a vacancy in the senate, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat. An election can be held as long the vacancy happened before April 1st in an election year. The person elected to fill the vacant seat serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.

Elections

2018

General election
General election for New York State Senate District 21

Incumbent Kevin Parker (D) defeated Brian Kelly (Conservative Party) in the general election for New York State Senate District 21 on November 6, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Kevin Parker (D)
96.9
94,457

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Brian Kelly (Conservative Party)
3.0
2,893
Other/Write-in votes
0.1
132

Total votes: 97,482
(100% precincts reporting)
Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for New York State Senate District 21

Incumbent Kevin Parker advanced from the Democratic primary for New York State Senate District 21 on September 13, 2018.

Candidate

Kevin Parker (D)

Republican primary election

No Republican candidates ran in the primary.

2016

Elections for the New York State Senate took place in 2016. The primary election took place on September 13, 2016, and the general election was held on November 8, 2016. The filing deadline for major party candidates was July 14, 2016. The filing deadline for independent candidates was August 23, 2016.

Incumbent Kevin Parker defeated Brian Kelly in the New York State Senate District 21 general election.
New York State Senate, District 21 General Election, 2016
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Parker Incumbent 96.26% 109,682
Conservative Brian Kelly 3.74% 4,256
Total Votes 113,938
Source: New York Board of Elections

Incumbent Kevin Parker ran unopposed in the New York State Senate District 21 Democratic primary.
New York State Senate, District 21 Democratic Primary, 2016
Party Candidate
Democratic Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Parker Incumbent (unopposed)
Parker also ran on the Working Families Party ticket.
Brian Kelly ran unopposed in the New York State Senate District 21 Conservative primary.
New York State Senate, District 21 Conservative Primary, 2016
Party Candidate
Conservative Green check mark transparent.png Brian Kelly (unopposed)

2014

Elections for the New York State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Incumbent Kevin Parker was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Herman G. Hall was unopposed in the Conservative primary. Parker also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. Parker defeated Hall in the general election.

New York State Senate District 21, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Parker Incumbent 88.4% 42,967
None Blank 7.3% 3,542
Conservative Herman G. Hall 4.2% 2,022
None Scattering 0.1% 66
Total Votes 48,597

2012

Elections for the office of New York State Senate consisted of a primary election on September 13, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 12, 2012. Incumbent Kevin Parker (D) defeated Mindy Meyer (R) in the general election. Parker -- who also ran on the Working Families Party ticket -- was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Meyer was unopposed in the Republican primary.

New York State Senate, District 21, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Parker Incumbent 97.2% 95,310
Republican Mindy Meyer 2.8% 2,733
Total Votes 98,043

Campaign contributions

From 2002 to 2016, candidates for New York State Senate District 21 raised a total of $4,085,445. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $163,418 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, New York State Senate District 21
Year Amount Candidates Average
2016 $251,911 2 $125,956
2014 $267,089 2 $133,545
2012 $291,272 2 $145,636
2010 $398,844 3 $132,948
2008 $703,642 4 $175,911
2006 $460,514 2 $230,257
2004 $895,940 4 $223,985
2002 $782,593 4 $195,648
2000 $33,640 2 $16,820
Total $4,085,445 25 $163,418