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Hennessey crosses party lines on campaign-finance vote

On May 7, 2013, Assemb. Edward Hennessey (D-East

On May 7, 2013, Assemb. Edward Hennessey (D-East Moriches) was the lone Long Island representative who didn’t vote with his party on the issue of providing public money to finance political campaigns. (July 25, 2012) (Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

Largely along party lines, the state Assembly approved a bill, 88-50, Tuesday that would provide public money to finance political campaigns.

Supporters said the bill would reduce the influence of big-money donors in elections, revamp the state Board of Elections and limit how campaign money can be used. Opponents said public financing won’t root out corruption and that the state shouldn’t divert money that could be used for schools and transportation, among other things.

Assemb. Edward Hennessey (D-East Moriches) was the lone Long Island representative who didn’t vote with his party on the issue. Here’s how the Long Island delegation voted:

Nassau
Brian Curran (R-Lynbrook) . . . No.
Earlene Hooper (D-Hempstead) . . . Yes.
Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) . . . Yes.
David McDonough (R-Merrick) . . . No.
Thomas McKevitt (R-East Meadow) . . . No.
Michael Montesano (R-Glen Head) . . . No.
Edward Ra (R-Franklin Square) . . . No.
Joseph Saladino (R-Massapequa) . . . No.
Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck) . . . Yes.
Michaelle Solages (D-Elmont) . . . Yes.
Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) . . . Yes.

Suffolk
Steven Englebright (D-Setauket) . . . Yes.
Michael Fitzpatrick (R-St. James) . . . No.
Andrew Garbarino (R-Sayville) . . . No.
Alfred Graf (R-Holbrook) . . . No.
Edward Hennessey (D-East Moriches) . . . No.
Chad Lupinacci (R-Huntington Station) . . . No.
Andrew Raia (R-Huntington) . . . No.
Philip Ramos (D-Brentwood) . . . Yes.
Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) . . . Yes.
Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) . . . Yes.

Tags: Brian Curran , Earlene Hooper , Charles Lavine , David McDonough , Thomas McKevitt , Michael Montesano , Edward Ra , Joseph Saladino , Michelle Schimel , Michaelle Solages , Harvey Weisenberg , Steven Englebright , Michael Fitzpatrick , Andrew Garbarino , Alfred Graf , Edward Hennessey , Chad Lupinacci , Andrew Raia , Philip Ramos , Robert Sweeney , Fred Thiele Jr.

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