|— Senator Martin Connor|
Martin Connor was first elected to the State Senate in a special election in 1978 and has been re-elected every two years since then.
Over the years, Senator Connor has fought against efforts to dismantle New York's health care system, and has opposed proposals to cut vital medical care and other human services for children, the elderly and disabled. He has also battled to keep higher education affordable and accessible for low and middle-income families and was instrumental in the creation of a State college tuition savings program and tuition tax credit.
In addition, Senator Connor has been a vigorous supporter for the advancement of human rights and has worked to address issues of concern to women and minorities. He has been a leader in the battle for electoral reforms that will make it easier for New Yorkers to participate in the political process, reduce the influence of special interest money in campaigns, and provide a level political playing field. In the area of consumer protection, Senator Connor has received national notice for his efforts to regulate the use of fragrance samples in magazines.
Senator Connor served as Minority Leader for eight years, representing the Senate Democratic Conference in State budget and public policy negotiations, and overseeing appointments to the Senate's standing committees, state commissions and other public bodies.
With Senator Connor's advocacy and bipartisan cooperation, the Senate enacted a tougher gun control law, passed hate crime legislation, the elimination of sales tax on clothing and footwear, an increase in the Earned Income Tax Credit, and laws to enable more seniors to participate in the Elderly Pharmaceutical Drug Program.
Throughout his years in the Senate, Senator Connor has served at various times as a member of the Senate Minority Task Forces on Jobs; Federal/State Relations; and Women's Issues; and as a member of the Legislature's Commission on Public Management Systems. He is also a founding member of the Senate's Puerto Rican and Hispanic Task Force. As a Minority Leader, Senator Connor was an ex-officio member of all senate standing committees and the ranking minority member of the Rules Committee.
In 1996 and 2000, Senator Connor served as a Member of the New York State Electoral College for President and Vice President.
Born in 1945 in Trenton, New Jersey, Senator Connor attended parochial schools, graduating first in his class from Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. In 1967, he graduated from Catholic University of America with a B.A. in Politics, and in 1970, received his law degree from the Catholic University of America School of Law, where he served as an editor of the Law Review. During law school, Senator Connor worked part-time in the Office of the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, and later, as law clerk to the House Counsel of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Between 1970 and 1974, Senator Connor was associated with White & Case, a large Wall Street law firm, where he practiced corporate and anti-trust law. In 1974, he joined the Office of the General Counsel of Xerox Corporation where he practiced anti-trust law. From 1975 to 1977, Senator Connor maintained a law practice in Brooklyn, but left private practice when he was appointed an Assistant Counsel to the State Comptroller. He resigned that position upon his election to the Senate.
Senator Connor has maintained an active law practice in the area of election law for over 30 years. He has represented candidates and/or challengers in ballot access cases, disputed election cases, vote recounts, reapportionment suits and campaign finance and party organization cases. He has taught CLE courses in the area and has testified as an expert on elections and election law in federal courts. He appeared as an expert commentator on election recounts and disputes on MSNBC in 2000.
Senator Connor has been the attorney in hundreds of election cases in State and federal trial and appellate courts. He has appeared before the Court of Appeals in more than 50 election cases. He has represented candidates for President and for every office in City and State government as well as for some school board, village, town and county offices.
A resident of Brooklyn Heights, Senator Connor is married to Christine Silber. He is the proud father of three.
Martin Connor, Dem. 40,822
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