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Saul Weprin

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Saul Weprin August 5, 1927 – February 11, 1994 was an American attorney and politician He was a Democratic member from Queens County of the New York State Assembly, and served as its Speaker from December 1991 until his death

Early life and careeredit

Saul Weprin was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Jewish parents who had emigrated from the Kiev area He went to Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn,1 and graduated from Brooklyn College in 1948 and Brooklyn Law School in 19512 He practiced law at the Manhattan law firm of Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges until he became Speaker of the New York State Assembly in 1991 He served in the United States Coast Guard in 19451

In the late 1950s he became president of his cooperative apartment board in Hollis, Queens, in 1962 he became Democratic leader of the 24th Assembly District On November 2, 1971, Weprin was elected to the New York State Assembly, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Martin Rodell, and took his seat in the 179th New York State Legislature during the special session in December 1971 Weprin was re-elected several times, and remained in the Assembly until his death in 1994, sitting also in the 180th, 181st, 182nd, 183rd, 184th, 185th, 186th, 187th, 188th, 189th, 190th New York State Legislatures There he served as chairman of the Commerce Committee and the Judiciary Committee In 1986, he tried to become Speaker after Stanley Fink announced his resignation, but lost to Mel Miller In 1987, he got the post of Ways and Means Committee chairman, and was instrumental in developing the Tax Reform and Reduction Act, one of the largest tax cuts in American history On December 16, 1991, he was elected Speaker “after a lightning-like round of politicking by telephone among the Democrats in the Assembly”,2 after Speaker Mel Miller had lost his seat in the Assembly upon being convicted on federal fraud charges, later overturned on appeal3

Weprin was an opponent of the death penalty and a supporter of abortion rights He pushed the first gay rights bill through the Assembly, sought to increase state aid for schools in New York, and defended the state's Medicaid and welfare programs against cuts proposed by the Republican-controlled Senate1

Personal lifeedit

Weprin married Sylvia Matz in 1950, a biology teacher, who was born in Cuba and emigrated to the United States with her family in 1938,4 when she was eight years old5 He died on February 11, 1994, at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens from complications resulting from a stroke1

The couple had three sons, Barry Weprin, an attorney in New York, Mark Weprin, who won his father's former seat, and served in the Assembly until January 2010, when he was elected to the New York City Council seat vacated by his brother David Weprin, who, after an unsuccessful run for New York City Comptroller, succeeded him in the Assembly in 2010

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b c d Sack, Kevin February 12, 1994 "Saul Weprin Is Dead at 66; Sought Assembly Harmony" New York Times p 10; Column 1 
  2. ^ a b Verhovek, Sam Howe December 15, 1991 "Cuomo Ally Seals Race for Speaker in New York State" New York Times 
  3. ^ Verhovek, Sam Howe December 17, 1991 "Man in the News: Saul Weprin; A Quiet Conciliator" New York Times 
  4. ^ Lombardi, Frank March 1, 2002 "Applicant Stirs Council Caucus" New York Daily News 
  5. ^ "Sylvia Weprin Feinstein Receives Award at Somos Conference" Room8 April 13, 2009 
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Martin Rodell
New York State Assembly
21st District

1971–1972
Succeeded by
George J Farrell, Jr
Preceded by
Arthur J Cooperman
New York State Assembly
24th District

1973–1994
Succeeded by
Mark Weprin
Preceded by
Arthur J Kremer
New York State Assembly
Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means

1987–1991
Succeeded by
Sheldon Silver
Political offices
Preceded by
Mel Miller
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
1991–1994
Succeeded by
Sheldon Silver

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