With the tight election contest Tuesday, Corwin has attended 36 of the 44 days of the legislative session so far this year. She’s missed the last six sessions days — or the past three-day, two-week sessions. She also missed April 5-6.
There was no immediate comment from Corwin’s campaign on her absences. She is battling Democrat Kathy Hochul and independent candidate Jack Davis for the congressional seat, which became open when Rep. Christopher Lee resigned in February after going shirtless in a email photo sent to a woman not his wife.
Corwin earns $89,000 as a lawmaker; a $79,500 base salary and $9,500 for serving on legislative committees.
It’s not uncommon for lawmakers running for higher office to skip days in Albany.
Democratic attorney general candidates Eric Schneiderman, then a senator, and Richard Brodsky, then an asssemblyman, regularly missed sessions last year as they campaigned in a five-way primary.
And when Assemblyman James Tedisco, R-Schenectady, campaigned for an Albany-area House seat in 2009, he eventually quit as minority leader because his time was being taken up campaigning in a heavily watched race. He narrowly lost to Democratic candidate Scott Murphy, who subsequently lost last year to Republican Chris Gibson.