Assembly Chamber 2017

Virtual Visit: NYS Assembly Chamber

Explore the architectural and artistic masterpiece that is the New York State Assembly Chamber.
Virtual Visit: NYS Assembly Chamber
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Virtual Visit: NYS Assembly Chamer

Explore the architectural and artistic masterpiece that is the New York State Assembly Chamber.

Fun Facts

Dedicated on January 7, 1879


Designed by architect Leopold Eidlitz

Moorish Gothic design


The original ceiling was 56 feet tall

150 Assembly Members


Members serve two-year terms

Trivia

 

How long is a legislative term?
One term lasts two years, however, an Assemblymember can serve an unlimited amount of terms.

Who is the Speaker of the Assembly?
Speaker Carl Heastie is the 100th Speaker of the New York State Assembly.

How do the Assembly Members vote?
The Assemblymembers vote electronically by pushing buttons at their desk and the result of their vote appears next to their names on screens located on the chamber’s walls.

What other famous landmarks were designed by architect Leopold Eidlitz?
Leopold Eidlitz designed the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the New York Produce Exchange, and the Tweed Courthouse.

What New York State Assembly Member went on to become Governor of New York and President of the United States?
Theodore Roosevelt, serving from 1882-1884.

Is the clock on the Assembly Chamber floor original?
A clock and a desk located on pedestals in the corners of the chamber’s floor are from the original New York State Assembly Chamber of the first New York State Capitol, built in 1809.

How much do the chandeliers weigh?
The heaviest chandelier weighs 3 tons!