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New York, State Assembly, District 126

New York State Assembly District 126
Current incumbentGary Finch Republican Party

New York's one hundred and twenty-sixth state assembly district is represented by Republican Representative Gary Finch.

New York state assembly members represent an average of 129,187 residents, as of the 2010 Census. After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 126,510 residents.

About the office

Members of the New York State Assembly 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).

Vacancies

If there is a vacancy in the house, 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.

2016 pivot county

206 Pivot Counties Logo.png

This district is one of 710 state legislative districts that intersects with one or more Pivot Counties. These 206 Pivot Counties voted for Donald Trump (R) in 2016 after voting for Barack Obama (D) in 2008 and 2012.

The 206 Pivot Counties are located in 34 states. Iowa, with 31, had the most such counties. The partisan makeup of state legislative districts intersecting with Pivot Counties is slightly more Republican than the overall partisan makeup of state legislatures throughout the country.

Elections

2018

General election
General election for New York State Assembly District 126

Incumbent Gary Finch (R) defeated Keith Batman (D) in the general election for New York State Assembly District 126 on November 6, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Gary Finch (R)
56.7
30,505

Keith Batman (D)
43.3
23,317
Other/Write-in votes
0.0
14

Total votes: 53,836
(100% precincts reporting)
Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for New York State Assembly District 126

Keith Batman advanced from the Democratic primary for New York State Assembly District 126 on September 13, 2018.

Candidate

Keith Batman (D)

Republican primary election
Republican primary for New York State Assembly District 126

Incumbent Gary Finch advanced from the Republican primary for New York State Assembly District 126 on September 13, 2018.

Candidate

Gary Finch (R)

2016

Elections for the New York State Assembly 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 Gary Finch defeated Diane M. Dwire in the New York State Assembly District 126 general election.
New York State Assembly, District 126 General Election, 2016
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.png Gary Finch Incumbent 61.67% 37,078
Democratic Diane M. Dwire 38.33% 23,047
Total Votes 60,125
Source: New York Board of Elections

Diane M. Dwire ran unopposed in the New York State Assembly District 126 Democratic primary.
New York State Assembly, District 126 Democratic Primary, 2016
Party Candidate
Democratic Green check mark transparent.png Diane M. Dwire (unopposed)
Dwire also ran on the Working Families and Women's Equality Party tickets. Incumbent Gary Finch ran unopposed in the New York State Assembly District 126 Republican primary.
New York State Assembly, District 126 Republican Primary, 2016
Party Candidate
Republican Green check mark transparent.png Gary Finch Incumbent (unopposed)
Finch also ran on the Conservative, Independence, and Reform Party tickets.

2014

Elections for the New York State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Diane M. Dwire was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Gary Finch was unopposed in the Republican primary. Dwire ran on the Working Families Party ticket and Finch ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Finch defeated Dwire in the general election.

New York State Assembly, District 126 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Finch Incumbent 55.1% 23,323
Democratic Diane M. Dwire 44.9% 19,019
Total Votes 42,342

2012

Elections for the office of New York State Assembly 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 Gary Finch (R) was unopposed in both the general election and Republican primary. He also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets.

New York State Assembly, District 126, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Finch Incumbent 100% 44,212
Total Votes 44,212

Campaign contributions

From 2002 to 2016, candidates for New York State Assembly District 126 raised a total of $1,836,578. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $102,032 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, New York State Assembly District 126
Year Amount Candidates Average
2016 $177,302 2 $88,651
2014 $698,520 2 $349,260
2012 $101,907 2 $50,954
2010 $153,574 3 $51,191
2008 $61,904 1 $61,904
2006 $134,405 2 $67,203
2004 $216,062 2 $108,031
2002 $282,377 3 $94,126
2000 $10,527 1 $10,527
Total $1,836,578 18 $102,032