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Mary Anne Krupsak (born March 26, 1932) is an American lawyer and politician from New York. She was Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1975 to 1978. She was the first woman to hold the office, and only the second woman in New York history to be nominated by a major party in a statewide election.

Mary Anne Krupsak
Lieutenant Governor of New York
In office
January 1, 1975 – December 31, 1978
GovernorHugh Carey
Preceded byWarren M. Anderson (acting)
Succeeded byMario Cuomo
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 44th district
In office
January 1, 1973 – December 31, 1974
Preceded byJames H. Donovan
Succeeded byFred Isabella
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 104th district
In office
January 1, 1969 – December 31, 1972
Preceded byDonald A. Campbell
Succeeded byThomas W. Brown
Personal details
Born
Mary Anne Krupczak

(1932-03-26) March 26, 1932 (age 87)
Schenectady, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Edwin Margolis
Alma materUniversity of Rochester (B.A.)
Boston University (M.S.)
University of Chicago (J.D.)

Early lifeEdit

She was born on March 26, 1932, in Schenectady, New York, the daughter of Ambrose M. Krupczak and Mamie (Wytrwal) Krupczak. She grew up in Amsterdam, Montgomery County, New York, where her parents ran a pharmacy. Her father was a Democratic member of the Board of Supervisors of Montgomery County, representing the City of Amsterdam's Fourth Ward. She is of Polish ancestry.

She attended the University of Rochester and received a master's degree in public communications from Boston University in 1953.[1] She worked in the New York State Department of Commerce as a public information officer, and also for the gubernatorial campaign of W. Averell Harriman.[1] After his victory, she joined the Governor's staff and remained through his term.[2] When he lost his bid for reelection, she went to work for a year with Representative Samuel S. Stratton.[2] In 1959 she decided to obtain a law degree and entered the University of Chicago Law School.[1] After graduation, she practiced law only briefly, taking a job with the vice president of Mobil, Howard J. Samuels, before returning to Albany to be an assistant counsel for the state Senate staff.[2] In 1970, Krupsak married Edwin Margolis, a law professor at Hunter College and counsel to Democratic members of the Assembly.[2]

Political careerEdit

Krupsak was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1969 to 1973, sitting in the 178th and 179th New York State Legislatures.[1] Her district included Montgomery County and part of Schenectady.[1] She was a member of the New York State Senate from 1973 to 1975.[1]

In May 1974, Krupsak announced her intention to seek the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor of New York.[3] She was initially rebuffed by the state Democratic committee which in June endorsed a then-novice politician, Mario Cuomo, for the position.[4] Krupsak campaigned through the primary season and won the strong support of women's rights groups, labor unions, and liberal organizations.[5] In the September primary she handily beat both Cuomo and a second rival, liberal Manhattanite Antonio Olivieri.[5] She was elected Lieutenant Governor in the state election of November 1974.[6]

Contrary to widely reported comments during the campaign, Krupsak was not the first woman nominated by a major New York political party for statewide office. That distinction belongs to Florence Knapp, a Republican nominated for (and elected to) New York Secretary of State in 1924.[7] Krupsak, however, was the first woman nominated for (and elected to) the Lieutenant Governorship.

Elected with Governor Hugh Carey, Krupsak became upset with how Carey treated her in office and felt she was not given enough to do. After committing to run for a second term with Carey in 1978, Krupsak decided to withdraw from the ticket and instead challenge Carey for the Democratic nomination for governor.[6] She lost the Democratic primary to Carey, and after running unsuccessfully for Congress in 1980,[8] she retired from politics.

Post-political lifeEdit

She was a senior partner of the firm of Krupsak and Mahoney, P.C., Attorneys at Law in Albany[9] and was senior partner and co-founder of Krupsak, Wass de Czege and Associates, an Economic Development Consulting firm based in Buffalo.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Kaufman, Michael T. (September 12, 1974). "Well Schooled Winner". The New York Times. p. 32. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Staff (November 6, 1974). "The New Lieutenant Governor". The New York Times. p. 28. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  3. ^ Lynn, Frank (May 11, 1974). "Ms. Krupsak Is in Race For Lieutenant Governor". The New York Times. p. 20. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  4. ^ "Demos Select Cuomo as No. 2". The Ithaca Journal. AP. June 15, 1974. p. 1. Archived from the original on September 25, 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  5. ^ a b Toscano, John (September 11, 1974). "Krupsak Easily Beats 2 Rivals for Lt. Gov Nod". New York Daily News. p. 5. Archived from the original on September 25, 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  6. ^ a b University of Rochester, special collections
  7. ^ Staff (September 13, 1974). "Woman was Elected to State Office in '24". The New York Times. p. 24. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  8. ^ TWO LEAVING HOUSE GENERATE CONTESTS; Miss Krupsak Is Being Challenged in 30th District in the New York Times on August 31, 1980 (subscription required)
  9. ^ The Daily Diary of President Jimmy Carter Archived 2010-07-14 at the Wayback Machine