Just 4 Percent of Lawmakers Earn Awards—7th Lowest Rate of Awarded Members Nationwide

ACU Foundation Releases Ratings of New York State Legislature

For Immediate Release

Alexandria, VA—The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) has just released its ratings of the 2017 meeting of the New York State Legislature. These ratings, a portion of the comprehensive and nationwide ratings released by ACUF, are designed to reflect how elected officials view the role of government and illustrate how both chambers of the legislature and individual members prioritize a wide variety of issue areas that directly affect Empire Staters.

ACUF reviewed each piece of legislation voted on in both the Senate and Assembly to produce average scores for each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member.

New York legislators took pen to paper on various issues during the 2017 session. In one or both chambers, they voted to:

  • compound the shortage of medical professionals by creating barriers to becoming a registered practical nurse;
  • reduce patient health care options and quality of care by implementing a single-payer health care system while hiking taxes on low- and middle-income taxpayers to pay for the $100 billion plan;
  • allocate $500 million to “Aid to Localities,” which funds abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood;
  • raise the cost for residents to heat their homes by mandating the content of heating oil; and
  • reduce availability of rental properties by escalating rent control regulations.

“New York liberals increased the role of government in New Yorkers’ lives in an arrogant scheme to ‘protect’ people from their own decisions,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “In the 2017 session, liberals outnumbered conservatives by a factor of 2-to-1 and put government in charge of New Yorkers’ medical decisions, interfered in rental markets, and even forced homeowners to pay more to heat their homes in the winter to appease radical environmentalists. Are liberal policies improving the lives of New Yorkers? Fuhgeddaboudit!”

Award for Conservative Excellence (90%-100%):

Assemblymembers DiPietro and Friend.

Award for Conservative Achievement (80%-90%):

Sen. Krueger and Assemblymembers Abinanti, Arroyo, Fahy, Glick, Gottfried, Kim, O’Donnell, Simon and Weinstein.

Members who scored 10 percent or less resisted any commonsense conservative reforms and qualified for ACUF’s “Coalition of the Radical Left.” This session, those members included:

Assemblymembers. Boyle, Daley, Davidson, Dean, Deasy, Delissio, Freeman, Krueger-Braneky, McCarter, Miller, D., O’Brien, Ravenstahl, Roebuck, Samuelson, Solomon and Sturla.

Compared to last session, the New York Senate’s individual average score fell seven points (51 percent to 44 percent), with Republicans falling nine points (67 percent to 58 percent) and Democrats falling 6 points (35 percent to 29 percent). In the Assembly, the individual average rose six points (29 percent to 35 percent), with Republicans improving by 16 points (62 percent to 78 percent) and Democrats gaining three points (15 percent to 18 percent).

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For questions or media inquiries regarding ACUF state ratings, email Luke Schneider, Public Affairs Coordinator for the American Conservative Union Foundation, at lschneider@conservative.org.