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New York, State Senate, District 63

New York State Senate District 63
Current incumbentTimothy M. Kennedy Democratic Party

New York's sixty-third state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Timothy M. Kennedy.

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

2020

Elections for the office of New York State Senate will take place in 2020. The general election will be held on November 3, 2020. A primary is scheduled for June 23, 2020. The filing deadline is April 2, 2020.

2018

General election
General election for New York State Senate District 63

Incumbent Timothy M. Kennedy (D) won election in the general election for New York State Senate District 63 on November 6, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Timothy M. Kennedy (D)
100
70,221

Total votes: 70,221
(100.00% precincts reporting)
Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for New York State Senate District 63

Incumbent Timothy M. Kennedy defeated Shaqurah Zachery in the Democratic primary for New York State Senate District 63 on September 13, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Timothy M. Kennedy (D)
76.7
23,640

Shaqurah Zachery (D)
23.3
7,198

Total votes: 30,838
Republican primary election
Republican primary for New York State Senate District 63

Thomas Gaglione advanced from the Republican primary for New York State Senate District 63 on September 13, 2018.

Candidate

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Thomas Gaglione (R)

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 Timothy M. Kennedy ran unopposed in the New York State Senate District 63 general election.

New York State Senate, District 63 General Election, 2016

Party Candidate
Democratic Green check mark transparent.png Timothy M. Kennedy Incumbent (unopposed)
Source: New York Board of Elections

Incumbent Timothy M. Kennedy ran unopposed in the New York State Senate District 63 Democratic primary.

New York State Senate, District 63 Democratic Primary, 2016

Party Candidate
Democratic Green check mark transparent.png Timothy M. Kennedy Incumbent (unopposed)
Kennedy also ran on the Working Families, Independence, and Women's Equality Party tickets.

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 Timothy M. Kennedy defeated Betty Jean Grant in the Democratic primary, while Ricky Donovan, Sr. was unopposed in the Republican primary. Dennis Nawojski was removed from the ballot before the Democratic primary. Kennedy also ran on the Working Families Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Donovan also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Kennedy defeated Donovan in the general election.

New York State Senate District 63, General Election, 2014

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy M. Kennedy Incumbent 71.5% 42,278
Republican Ricky Donovan, Sr. 20.3% 11,973
None Blank 8.2% 4,843
Total Votes 59,094

New York State Senate, District 63 Democratic Primary, 2014

Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy M. Kennedy Incumbent 60.2% 16,660
Betty Jean Grant 39.8% 10,997
Total Votes 27,657

New York State Senate, District 63 Independence Primary, 2014

Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy M. Kennedy Incumbent 65.1% 287
Ricky Donovan, Sr. 34.9% 154
Total Votes 441

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 Timothy M. Kennedy (D) was unopposed in the general election and defeated Betty Jean Grant in the Democratic primary. He also ran on the Working Families Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets.

New York State Senate, District 63, General Election, 2012

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy M. Kennedy Incumbent 100% 82,458
Total Votes 82,458

New York State Senate, District 63 Democratic Primary, 2012

Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy Kennedy Incumbent 50.3% 11,587
Betty Jean Grant 49.7% 11,431
Total Votes 23,018

Campaign contributions

From 2012 to 2016, candidates for New York State Senate District 63 raised a total of $2,694,723. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $449,121 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, New York State Senate District 63

Year Amount Candidates Average
2016 $642,567 1 $642,567
2014 $1,090,817 3 $363,606
2012 $961,339 2 $480,670
Total $2,694,723 6 $449,121