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  Duane, Thomas
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NameThomas Duane
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New York, New York , United States
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Born January 30, 1955 (64 years)
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Last Modifed123NY
Jun 10, 2019 08:02pm
Tags Anti School Vouchers - Anti-Death Penalty - Pro-Affirmative Action - Pro-Choice - Pro-Gay Marriage - Pro-Gun control - Pro-Term Limits - AIDS - Catholic - Gay -
InfoState Senator Thomas K. Duane represents the 29th State Senatorial District, which includes the Upper West Side, Chelsea, Clinton, Hell's Kitchen, Greenwich Village, parts of the East Village, Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, and Waterside Plaza. First elected to the State Senate in 1998, he became the Senate's first openly-gay and first openly HIV-positive member. Prior to his election to the State Senate, Duane served for seven years in the New York City Council.

Senator Duane serves as the Ranking Member of both the Senate Codes and the Senate Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committees. He is also currently a member of the Senate Civil Service and Pensions, Elections, Finance, Health, Investigations and Government Operations, Judiciary and Rules Committees.

In his work on these committees and on the floor of the Senate, Senator Duane is a strong and effective advocate for those New Yorkers who normally do not have a voice in the halls of government. He fights for the rights of tenants and for the availability of affordable housing; a defender of a woman's right to choose; committed to full civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered New Yorkers; an activist for parks and open space and protecting the environment; a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS and the terrible stigma and misunderstandings that surround this public health problem; tireless in his efforts to make sure that New York City is no longer short-changed in allocations of State funding for education, transportation, and other services. He is also a strong supporter of legislative, governmental, and campaign finance reform.

During his time in the Senate, Duane's accomplishments include securing passage of the Hate Crimes Protection Act that increases penalties and requires statewide tracking of hate crimes. He also fought for passage of the Work Study Internship bill, allowing public assistance recipients to fulfill their workfare requirements at schools they attend so they can pursue an education. Duane has also been instrumental in passing landmark clinic access, gun control, healthcare protection, and sexual assault reform legislation.

During the 2002 legislative session, Senator Duane worked hard for passage of the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA) After a 31-year struggle, SONDA passed both houses of the legislature and was signed into law by the Governor. Unfortunately, New Yorkers of transgendered experience were not explicitly referenced in the bill, but Senator Duane vows to continue the fight to ban discrimination for all New Yorkers.

As the Ranking Member of both the Senate Codes and Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee, Senator Duane fights for reform in New York's criminal laws, such as repealing the draconian Rockefeller Drug laws and the restoration of parole. Senator Duane is a staunch advocate for humane prison conditions and works to ensure that inmates housed in New York Correctional Facilities are treated fairly and receive proper medical and mental health care. Senator Duane takes this role seriously, annually visiting several of New York's correctional facilities.

In his home district, Senator Duane is in the forefront in the fight against over-development and a strong proponent of neighborhood self-determination and involvement in urban planning. He works to reduce traffic congestion, improve the quality of the lives of his constituents, and ensure safe streets. It his number one priority to help the thousands of his constituents every year who face eviction, harassment, have difficulty getting public assistance, and try to make New York a better place to live in ways great and small.

A resident of Chelsea since 1976, Duane was elected to four terms as Male Democratic District Leader in the 64th Assembly District beginning in 1982. Duane also served for seven years on his local community board. Born in 1955 at the old French Hospital on 30th Street in Chelsea, Duane was raised in Queens, and is a lifelong New Yorker. He attended Lehigh University, where he earned a degree in Urban Studies and American Studies.

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RACES
  11/02/2010 NY State Senate 29 Won 85.10% (+70.28%)
  11/04/2008 NY State Senate 29 Won 85.71% (+71.43%)
  11/07/2006 NY State Senate 29 Won 88.97% (+77.95%)
  11/02/2004 NY State Senate 29 Won 83.69% (+68.87%)
  11/05/2002 NY State Senate 29 Won 81.57% (+63.89%)
  11/07/2000 NY State Senate 27 Won 82.92% (+67.83%)
  11/03/1998 NY State Senate 27 Won 85.91% (+71.83%)
  11/04/1997 New York City Council 03 Won 93.79% (+87.59%)
  09/13/1994 NY District 8 - D Primary Lost 29.14% (-32.86%)
  11/02/1993 New York City Council 03 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/05/1991 New York City Council 03 Won 71.81% (+56.34%)
  09/10/1991 NYC Council 03 - D Primary Won 59.95% (+33.99%)
  11/07/1989 New York City Council 03 Lost 11.19% (-59.59%)
  09/12/1989 NYC Council 03 - D Primary Lost 45.03% (-9.94%)
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