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ACKERMAN, GARY L, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $33,243.44

Average cost per trip - $4,749.06
Total number of days spent traveling - 32 days
Rank of representative - 195 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Accompanied by wife Rita Ackerman

Travel Cost - $2,277.60
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,481.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 12, 2001 - January 17, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S. policy toward Cuba
Notes - Spouse Rita Ackerman

Travel Cost - $1,784.20
Lodging Cost - $2,355.00
Meal Cost - $1,650.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,789.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - August 7, 2001 - August 17, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - NY - London, England - Damascus, Syria - Jerusalem, Israel - Amman, Jordan - Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - Cairo, Egypt - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $13,929.12
Lodging Cost - $1,872.66
Meal Cost - $36.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,837.78

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Long Island Federation of Labor
Dates - September 21, 2003 - September 22, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Saratose Springs, NY

Purpose - Speak on federal issues
Notes - Meals included in lodgings

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $133.64
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $133.64

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - January 29, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Educational (market issues)
Notes -

Travel Cost - $234.00
Lodging Cost - $308.03
Meal Cost - $165.99
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $708.02

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Dates - January 11, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - $70 for cell phone

Travel Cost - $3,700.00
Lodging Cost - $850.00
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $4,970.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NYSE
Dates - September 12, 2005 - September 12, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Learn about issues affecting the capital market
Notes -

Travel Cost - $248.20
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $323.20

Additional family members - No

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