Corwin Misses Sessions In Albany


Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, R-Clarence, Erie County, hasn’t attended legislative sessions in two weeks as she campaigns in a heated race for Congress in western New York, records show.

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.


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  1. MichaelRCaputo on

    Jane Corwin’s Assembly chief of staff Michael Mallia is also not at work in Albany. After Mallia pulled a dirty truck on Jack Davis Corwin sent him to Florida to hide from the media. Corwin’s Assembly office is absolutely dark.

  2. After tuesday night, Corwin will enjoy continued service in the Assembly…just like Tedisco and Scozzofava did. Once more, the voters will confound the experts, and prove that they dont want hard-left policies (ObamaCare) AND THEY DONT WANT HARD-RIGHT POLICIES i.e. Paul Ryan’s gutting of Medicare