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Sen. Hawley of Batavia gains top Conservative rating

For those keeping score at home, the Conservative Party released its annual legislative report card this week showing only one Western New Yorker — Republican Assemblyman Stephen Hawley of Batavia — as one of the most conservative members of the Legislature.

State Conservative Chairman Michael R. Long said the ratings were based on votes involving spending, crime, education, abortion and other topics.

Hawley was one of five assemblymen with a score of 92 percent. No Western New York senators gained top ratings.

Long said the overall Senate score was 55 percent, down from 69 percent last year. Conservative endorsed senators averaged 68 percent, down from 78 percent last year. Democratic senators averaged 41 percent, down from last year’s 57 percent.

The Assembly’s overall rating was 37 percent, down from 42 percent last year. Conservative endorsed Assembly members averaged 74 percent, up from last year’s 71 percent. Assembly Democrats averaged 21 percent, down from 29 percent.

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