The New York State Conservative Party recently released its 2023 scoring of state legislators on 25 key pieces of legislation.
Overall, Senate ratings averaged 38.86% — Democrats averaged 14.29% while Republicans averaged 88% — and the Assembly’s overall rating average was 39.52%, with Democrats averaging a 16.47% Conservative score and Republicans averaging 88.5%. The Governor’s Mansion and both houses of the Legislature are currently controlled by Democrats.
Eleven legislators — two senators and nine assembly members — scored a 96% Conservative rating. They are: Senators Mario Mattera and Steven Rhoads; Assemblymembers Joe Angelino, Ari Brown, David DiPietro, John Lemondes, John Mikulin, Philip Palmesano, Doug Smith, Robert Smullen and Chris Tague.
Jason J. McGuire, chairman of the Livingston County Conservative Party said, “Locally, Sen. Pam Helming scored a respectable 84% rating and Asm. Marjorie Byrnes scored a 92 on the Conservative scale. Both legislators continue to represent their districts well. Our committee commends them for their service to the people of this region.”
Full legislative rankings are available here.
“When you look at the overall Conservative score in the state legislature you can see why New York feels like it’s falling apart,” said State Conservative Party Chairman Gerard Kassar. “On issue after issue, Democrats are driving this state leftward, with most Republicans fighting for common sense conservative reforms on crime, taxes, immigration, education, constitutional freedoms, and human life. The encouraging news lies not with the incumbent Democrat legislators, but with a voting public that increasingly recognizes that runaway progressivism is undermining the health of their state.”
Legislation used to rank legislators included criminal justice reform measures, infringement of Second Amendment rights, radical green programs, and pro-life issues that affect the lives of all New Yorkers. More than 60% of New Yorkers consider themselves either “conservative” or “moderate” according to independent polling.
“Voter education has always been a core tenet of the Conservative Party,” Chairman Kassar continued. “Taxpayers must be made aware of how their elected officials spend tax dollars and where they stand on key philosophical, cultural, and economic issues. One glance at these issue rankings will show the average citizen just how out of touch with their viewpoints most New York legislators are today.”
The Conservative Party encourages voters to review the ratings and to let legislators know where they stand,” Chairman Kassar said.