The 93rd New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 4 to April 26, 1870, during the second year of John T. Hoffman's governorship, in Albany.
Under the provisions of the New York Constitution of 1846, 32 Senators and 128 assemblymen were elected in single-seat districts; senators for a two-year term, assemblymen for a one-year term. The senatorial districts were made up of entire counties, except New York County (five districts) and Kings County (two districts). The Assembly districts were made up of entire towns, or city wards, forming a contiguous area, all within the same county.
According to the Constitution of 1846, twenty years after its elaboration the electorate was asked if they wanted a Constitutional Convention to be held, which was answered at the New York state election, 1866, in the affirmative. On April 23, 1867, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention were elected, resulting in a Republican majority. On June 4, the Constitutional Convention met at Albany; adjourned on September 23; and met again on November 12. On February 28, 1868, the Constitutional Convention adjourned sine die. How to put the proposed amendments before the electorate was then debated throughout the 91st and the 92nd Legislature.
At this time there were two major political parties: the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.
The New York state election, 1869 was held on November 3. All nine statewide elective offices up for election were carried by the Democrats. All amendments proposed by the Constitutional Convention, except the re-organization of the judicial system, were rejected by the voters. The approximate party strength at this election, as expressed by the vote for Secretary of State, was: Democrats 331,000 and Republicans 310,000.
The Legislature met for the regular session at the Old State Capitol in Albany on January 4, 1870; and adjourned on April 26.
William Hitchman (D) was again elected Speaker with 72 votes against 51 for James W. Husted (R).
On January 17, Henry C. Murphy (D) was elected President pro tempore of the State Senate.
On February 10, the Legislature re-elected Joseph S. Bosworth (D) as a Metropolitan Police Commissioner, for a term of eight years beginning on March 1, 1870.
The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued in office as members of this Legislature.
Party affiliations follow the vote for Senate Clerk and Police Commissioner.Clerk: Hiram Calkins
Sergeant-at-Arms: George Graham
Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms: Abraham J. Meyers
Doorkeeper: Alexander H. Waterman
Assistant Doorkeeper: W. W. McKinney
Assistant Doorkeeper: John Drew
Assistant Doorkeeper: Orson Root
Assistant Doorkeeper: Cornelius V. Simpkins
Stenographer: Andrew Devine, from February 10
The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued as members of this Legislature.
Party affiliations follow the vote for Speaker.Clerk: Cornelius W. Armstrong
Sergeant-at-Arms: Jeriah G. Rhoads
Doorkeeper: James C. Pierce
First Assistant Doorkeeper: M. W. Wall
Second Assistant Doorkeeper: Hugh Ryan
Stenographer: George Wakeman