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[From the Spin Cycle page in Newsday's Monday edition]
Counting bills is a limited way to measure a state legislator’s productivity. The number is influenced by whether his/her party is in the majority and by what committee he/she leads. That said, a recent report by the New York Public Interest Research Group shows that Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) led the Long Island delegation with 34 bills approved by both houses in 2014. He ranked second in the Senate and second overall in the Legislature.
Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) ranked fifth in the Senate with 24; Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport) was No. 10 with 21.
In the Assembly, Assemb. Fred Thiele (I-Sag Harbor) was the top Long Islander and ranked sixth in the chamber with 18 bills.
Assemb. Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) was No. 8 with 14 and Assemb. Steve Englebright (D-Setauket) was No. 9 with 13.