Taborsak, Joseph J.

District town: Danbury

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Election history: Taborsak won an open seat in 2006, succeeding Democrat Lewis J. Wallace. In 2008, Taborsak was crossed-endorsed by the Working Families Party and his challenger by the Independent Party.

2008 general election

Joseph J. Taborsak (D) 4,824 59 percent
Joseph J. Taborsak (WF) 565 7 percent
Ted Farah (R) 2,660 32 percent
Ted Farah (I) 169 2 percent

Public financing: Taborsak and Farah each received $25,000 in public financing for their campaigns under the Citizens’ Election Program. Each returned a surplus: Taborsak, $3,164.12; Farah, $399.92.

Background: This seat was held in the 1980s and 1990s by the incumbent’s mother, Lynn Taborsak.

Committees: General Law, Housing, Judiciary, Public Health

Education: B.S., Northeastern University; J.D., Pace University School of Law

Occupation: Lawyer, Riefberg, Smart, Donohue & NeJame

2008 Financial Disclosure: Taborsak reported income from the law firm. He owns no real estate. He owns one mutual fund.

He declined to waive confidentiality on a separate filing listing any debts in excess of $10,000. State law gives legislators the option of making the debt filing public.

A note on financial disclosure: Every spring, officials are required to disclose the ownership of real estate, the source of any income exceeding $1,000 in the previous calendar year and securities worth more than $5,000.