NY Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo – voting record in summary

Since Assemblywoman Lupardo has declined to be interviewed by M V Conulting, Inc. (the basis of which implies a preference to only be interviewed by partisan individuals – Assemblywoman Lupardo directly spoke to us and is re-evaluating her stance currently) we have only the voting record to ascertain her intentions for seeking re-election. As such we will be reviewing selected votes and statements she has made and the sources of her campaign contributions.

We remain open for Assemblywoman Lupardo to accept our invitation to be interviewed. We hope that acceptance will provide more information for voters so that they can make an intelligent choice. [Note – we have already interviewed her opponent, Art Garrison, as well has his debate for the Primary. We will provide coverage of future debates between the candidates.]

This is a small portion of votes that caught our interest, are worthy of further comment/explaination, and/or are noteworthy. We recommend that voters look through the complete voting record of Assemblywoman Lupardo for a more complete review. We also recommend that Assemblywoman Lupardo be contacted by voters that have questions as to why she voted in the manner she did, if they have any questions (as she has not answered ours).

Of the votes that Assemblywoman Lupardo has done, one that caught our attention immediately was the No vote on Establishing the Wage Theft Prevention Act (vote record and summary provided by Project Vote Smart). The Act is a series of protections for workers to ensure that they receive proper pay for overtime, are compensated if they are forced to work 7 days consecutively, and other amendments to labor law. One stipulation of note is

“Specifies that any employer who fails to pay minimum wage or overtime compensation is guilty of a misdemeanor on the first offense and, upon conviction, will be fined $2,500 or twice the amount underpayment, whichever is greater, or imprisoned for not more than 1 year (Sec. 17).”

Assemblywoman Lupardo voted against this, though it was passed without her vote. There is no record of why she voted in this manner.

Another interesting vote (Assemblywoman Lupardo voted yes) was for the Omnibus Appropriations. Within this Bill, there is a provision regarding education:

“Establishes the New York State Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Board and specifies that grant priority will be given to those colleges otherwise eligible that were deemed ineligible for missed deadlines, lack of matching funds, lack of accreditation or other disqualifying reasons (Part M, Sec. 2).”

This vote was passed and became law. Our question is why would an institution of higher learning – that does not qualify for a grant because of mismanagement of time or resources (missing deadlines/lack of accreditation), or other reasons that every other education institution has met – deserve a grant that they have already been denied? Wouldn’t those funds be better allocated to those that did qualify? Again, Project Vote Smart has no record of comment.

In an old vote there is this item. Assemblywoman Lupardo voted in favor of allowing ticket resellers to charge more than premium for a ticket, provided that the State has received revenue (in the form of a liscence) prior.

She has voted, several times, to legalize same-sex marriage and to allow unmarried persons to adopt children.

She voted to allow pregnant imates to give birth without shackles.

Assemblywoman Lupardo voted against redefining the legal definition of an “assault weapon”.

She also voted against expanding the list of those banned from owning a firearm to include those who are convicted of domestic violence. This Bill was passed without her vote. No comment was recorded by Project Vote Smart.

**Update** – Assemblywoman Lupardo spoke to us directly about this, though she was not directly familiar with this exact Bill, and stated that she has consistently voted against any Bill that infringes on the 2nd Amendment Rights of Americans and constituents. She also was not sure if there were any other provisions in the Bill that may have led her to vote against this. We give her the benefit of doubt and acknowledge that she does consistently vote to protect the 2nd Amendment. Any further updates will be addressed as we receive it.**

Voted against “microstamping” – which would allow police to identify make, model, and serial number of all semiautomatic pistols made after Jan 1, 2011.

The issues that Assemblywoman Lupardo stated she would support in 2008 were:

  • Abortions should always be legal.
  • Maintaining budget levels for – Education, Emergency preparedness, Environment, Health care, Law enforcement, Transportation, Welfare – in that order of priority
  • Should there be a cap on school district property taxes? Lupardo answer, No
  • Should state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales? Lupardo answer, Undecided
  • Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget? Lupardo answer, No
  • Should accounts such as a “rainy day” fund be used to balance the state budget? Lupardo answer, No
  • Do you support limiting the number of terms for New York state senators and assemblymembers? Lupardo answer, No
  • Supports increase the state minimum wage.
  • Supports enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
  • Supports allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.

    Assemblywoman Lupardo recieved financial campaign support in 2008 from the following industries:
    Uncoded (unknown) – $20,500
    Labor (including unions) – $13,568
    Construction – $3,664
    Finance, Insurance & Real Estate – $3,474
    Health – $2,497
    General Business – $1,818
    Lawyers & Lobbyists – $1,423

    We hope that this limited information has sparked voters to review the full record of Assemblywoman Lupardo. We hope that those with questions about any vote or position receive an answer from Assemblywoman Lupardo.

    Note – M V Consulting, Inc. does not advocate any candidate, incumbent, or political party. M V Consulting seeks only to create debate, and provide information on all candidates and incumbents running for elected office such that voters can make an informed decision in the election booth.

  • About the Author

    Michael Vass
    Born in 1968, a political commentator for over a decade. Has traveled the U.S. and lived in Moscow and Tsblisi, A former stockbroker and 2014 Congressional candidate. Passionate about politics with emphasis on 1st and 2nd Amendments.

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