Mark Gjonaj (// JOH-nye) is an American politician of the Democratic Party. He has served in the New York City Council from the 13th district since 2018. He represented district 80 of the New York State Assembly from 2013 to 2017. His district encompasses Morris Park, Pelham Parkway, Pelham Gardens, and Norwood, among other communities located in the Borough of the Bronx.
|Member of the New York City Council from the 13th district|
Assumed office |
January 1, 2018
|Preceded by||James Vacca|
|Member of the New York State Assembly from the 80th district|
January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2017
|Preceded by||Naomi Rivera|
|Succeeded by||Nathalia Fernandez|
Bronx, New York|
|Alma mater||St. John's University|
Early life and educationEdit
Gjonaj is the president of M P Realty Group Corp., a real estate brokerage firm that he founded in 1999. His political experience prior to election was as a member of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission.
Honors and awardsEdit
New York State AssemblyEdit
Gjonaj defeated incumbent assemblywoman Naomi Rivera in the 2012 Democratic primary race, in a district which, due to mandatory re-districting, incorporated a large part of the borough previously part of the 81st District represented by Jeffrey Dinowitz. On November 6, 2012, he won the general election with 79% of the vote.
New York City CouncilEdit
In 2017, Gjonaj entered the race to represent the 13th District of the New York City Council, to replace Councilman James Vacca, who had to step down due to term limits. At the time of the primary election, he was seen as a leading candidate, due to the large amount of financing he had received, much of it from the real estate industry and other sources outside of the district, for which he was criticized by his opponents. Gjonaj won the five-way primary with 39% of the vote, over the out-going Vacca's endorsed candidate, Marjorie Velazquez, who won 34%, and third-place John Doyle's 19%.
On November 8, 2017, Gjonaj won his bid to replace New York City Councilman James Vacca, defeating the Republican candidate John Cerini by a margin of 49% to 36%.
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