Fort Hamilton Station, NY (10/08/14) – The Conservative Party released its ratings for the 2014 Legislative Session today in order to keep the electorate knowledgeable of how their legislators voted on 20 key bills acted upon in the 2014 Legislative Session.
The Conservative Party tracks legislation throughout the session, issues support and opposition memos, and determines, at an executive committee meeting, which key issues including spending, crime, education, nanny state legislation and various other topics that affect the lives of New Yorkers, will be used. "We believe that it is necessary to keep the public informed of these key votes and let the taxpayers be aware of how elected officials spend our money. Every bill is considered, and then we narrow the number to give voters a fair assessment of spending, laws that affect the cost of doing business and the safety of living in New York," said Mike Long, State Chairman.
"A review of the twenty bills used in this year's ratings will show voters how some passed bills are specious or costly to taxpayers and where they will help New Yorkers," said Long. "The ratings give voters a scorecard on how their individual legislator voted on a diverse range of bills considered in the legislative session," said Long.
"Assemblymen Dave DiPietro and Michael Fitzpatrick are the highest scoring members with 95%, in this year's ratings. Retiring Senator Greg Ball scored the highest in the Senate with 80%," Long stated.
This year the overall New York State Senate rating is 56.7%, up slightly from last year's 53.26%, but still way below 2012's 72.54%. In 2011, the Senate average was 51.22%. The Assembly dropped to 25.18% from 32.3% last year. In 2012, the Assembly averaged 47.61%, which was higher than the 36.5% they scored in 2011.
In the Senate, Conservatives endorsed 2 Democrats and 28 Republicans who averaged 66.8%, up from last year's 61.96%. In the Assembly, the Conservative Party endorsed 2 Democrats and 37 Republicans who average 68.21% down from last year's 76.19%.
"Before going to the voting booth next month, voters should review our ratings and consider how their legislators represented them. Conservative principles works for taxpayers and for businesses, voting for officials committed to conservative principles is the only way New York will return to its Empire State status," concluded Long.