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Andrew Joseph Lanza (born March 12, 1964) is an American lawyer and Republican politician. He currently serves as a member of the New York State Senate, representing the 24th District which encompasses most of Staten Island. He was first elected in 2006. He is a former member of the New York City Council.

Andrew Lanza
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 24th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2007
Preceded byJohn J. Marchi
Member of the New York City Council
from the 51st district
In office
January 1, 2002 – December 31, 2006
Preceded byStephen J. Fiala
Succeeded byVincent M. Ignizio
Personal details
Born
Andrew Joseph Lanza

(1964-03-12) March 12, 1964 (age 55)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Marcele Lanza
Alma materSt. John's University (BS)
Fordham University (JD)
ProfessionAttorney
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Websitewww.lanza.nysenate.gov

Early life and careerEdit

A native of New York, Lanza attended P.S. 32 and I.S. 24, both in Great Kills, Staten Island.[1] He is a 1982 graduate of Monsignor Farrell High School in Oakwood.[2]

He is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor degree and St. John's University, where he received a B.S. in Accounting. He is admitted for the practice of law to the Bars of New York, New Jersey, SDNY and DNJ.[3]

Prior to his entry into politics, Lanza was associated with Mercury Securities LLC, a Wall Street software development and stock trading firm, where he was a Managing Member and General Counsel Partner.[4] He also served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office as a prosecutor of street crimes, felony cases, New York State Welfare Fraud and procedural and constitutional issues.[5] Lanza received his corporate legal training with KPMG Peat Marwick as a Senior Auditor where he was in charge of auditing public and private firms, banks, importers and hospitals.

Running as a Republican, Lanza was first elected to the New York City Council in 2001.[6] He was re-elected for a second term in 2003 and 2005.[7]

Out of 51 council members, he was one of three Republicans. The other two Republicans were Minority Leader James Oddo and Minority Whip Dennis Gallagher.

Lanza lives in Great Kills with his wife, Marcele, a public school administrator at a middle school in his district, and their three children. Lanza is a childhood friend of former United States Congressman Vito Fossella of Staten Island.[8]

New York State SenateEdit

In 2006, Lanza was elected to the New York State Senate, filling the seat vacated by Senator John J. Marchi, who retired after 50 years of service in the State Senate. Since his initial election, he has faced no serious opposition, and has run run unopposed three times.[9]

In 2011, Lanza voted against the Marriage Equality Act, which legally recognized same-sex marriages performed in the state, in a closely divided Senate vote of 33-29.[10] At the time, he said he believed the word marriage should "describe a union between a man and a woman."[11]

In December 2013, Lanza took issue with a billboard secured by the American Atheists. He published a press release on his Senate web page where he stated that he was not surprised "people who do not believe in God are hateful and malicious",[12] he likened the billboard to "Religious persecution of the kind that similarly lead to the Holocaust".[13] He called for a boycott of Times Square so long as the advertisement was in place and for the IRS to investigate the American Atheists with an eye towards revocation of their tax-exempt status.[13] American Atheists responded by asking if he would be calling for a boycott of his own district's businesses if a similar billboard was on Staten Island, and then they erected one there.[14] Senator Lanza amended his press release to indicate his assumptions of malice and hatred are only of those who support the billboard, not all atheists.[15] The most current Press release from the Senator has removed calls for an IRS investigation, and relented on his calls for a boycott of Times Square.[16]

Lanza formerly served as Chairman of the Senate Cities Committee and Co-Chair of both the Senate Ethics Committee and the Legislative Ethics Commission.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Island, Staten (2011-06-25). "Staten Island's state Sen. Andrew Lanza to vote against gay marriage". silive.com. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  2. ^ Island, Staten (2018-03-19). "Monsignor Farrell wrestler overcomes obstacles, adversity to win on and off the mat". silive.com. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  3. ^ "Andrew J. Lanza, Esq". Lucarelli & Castaldi, LLP. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  4. ^ Kashiwagi, Sydney (2018-05-10). "State Sen. Andrew Lanza considering running for attorney general". silive.com. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  5. ^ "Republicans Urging Andrew Lanza to Run for Staten Island District Attorney". Observer. 2015-05-08. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  6. ^ "Our Campaigns - New York City Council 51 Race - Nov 06, 2001". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  7. ^ "Our Campaigns - New York City Council 51 Race - Nov 08, 2005". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  8. ^ Moore, Rich Schapiro, KENNETH R. BAZINET, Tina. "Vito Fossella admits he has love child with Virginia woman - NY Daily News". nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  9. ^ "Our Campaigns - Candidate - Andrew Lanza". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  10. ^ "NY State Assembly Bill A8354". Opensenate.gov. 3 October 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  11. ^ Confessore, Nicholas; Barbaro, Michael (24 June 2011). "New York State Senate to Vote on Same-Sex Marriage". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Unholy War of Words Breaks Out as Staten Island Pol Calls Atheists Hateful". DNAinfo New York. Archived from the original on 21 August 2017. Retrieved 20 August 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-24. Retrieved 2013-12-24. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "New York State Senator Andrew Lanza Calls For Boycott of Times Square, Revocation of American Atheists' Nonprofit Status". Atheists.org. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  15. ^ Atheist, Friendly. "NY State Senator Quietly Rewrites Press Release Denouncing Atheists, Unaware of Something Called a 'Screenshot'". Patheos.com. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  16. ^ "Senator Andrew Lanza Denounces American Atheists' Hateful Times Square Advertisement Saying 'Nobody' Needs 'Christ During Christmas' - NY State Senate". Nysenate.gov. Retrieved 20 August 2017.

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