Category:Politicians from the Bronx
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The following 56 pages are in this category, out of 56 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 56 pages are in this category, out of 56 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Ed Koch – Edward Irving Ed Koch was an American lawyer, politician, political commentator, movie critic and reality television arbitrator. He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1969 to 1977, Koch was a lifelong Democrat who described himself as a liberal with sanity. The author of a public housing renewal program in his later years as mayor, he began by cutting spending and taxes. As a congressman and after his terms as mayor he was a fervent supporter of the State of Israel and he crossed party lines to endorse Rudy Giuliani for mayor in 1993, Michael Bloomberg in 2001, and President George W. Bush in 2004. A popular figure, he rode the New York City Subway and he won re-election in 1981 with 75 percent, the first New York City mayor to win endorsement on both the Democratic and Republican party tickets. He won his second re-election with 78 percent of the vote, Koch was born in Crotona Park East section of The Bronx borough of New York City, the son of Yetta and Louis Koch, immigrants from Uscieczko in Eastern Galicia. He came from a family of Conservative Jews who resided in Newark, New Jersey, as a child, he worked as a hatcheck boy in a Newark dance hall. He graduated from South Side High School in Newark in 1941 and he was drafted into the United States Army in 1943, where he served as an infantryman with the 104th Infantry Division, landing in Cherbourg, France, in September 1944. He earned a European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two stars, a World War II Victory Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge for service in the European Theater of Operations. After V-E Day, because he could speak German, Koch was sent to Bavaria to help remove Nazi public officials from their jobs and he was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant in 1946. Koch returned to New York City to attend City College of New York, graduating in 1945, Koch was a sole practitioner from 1949 to 1964, and a partner with Koch, Lankenau, Schwartz & Kovner from 1965 to 1968. A Democrat, he became active in New York City politics as a reformer and opponent of Carmine DeSapio, in 1962 Koch ran for office for the first time, unsuccessfully opposing incumbent William Passannante, a DeSapio ally, for the Democratic nomination for the State Assembly. In 1963, Koch defeated DeSapio for the position of Democratic Party leader for the district which included Greenwich Village, Koch served on the New York City Council from 1967 to 1969. Koch was the Democratic U. S. Koch said he began his career as just a plain liberal, with positions including opposing the Vietnam War. In April 1973, Koch coined the term Watergate Seven when, congressman Koch met with residents of the community, most of whom were against the proposal. He was convinced by their arguments, and spoke out against the plan, Koch was active in advocating for a greater U. S. role in advancing human rights, within the context of fighting a perceived threat of communism. He had particular influence in the aid budget, as he sat on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations. In 1976, Koch proposed that the U. S. cut off military aid, after this assassination, Director of Central Intelligence George H. W. Bush informed Koch by phone of the threat
2. Bella Abzug – Bella Savitsky Abzug, nicknamed Battling Bella, was an American lawyer, U. S. Representative, social activist and a leader of the Womens Movement. In 1971, Abzug joined other leading feminists such as Gloria Steinem, Shirley Chisholm, Abzug declared, This womans place is in the House—the House of Representatives, in her successful 1970 campaign. Bella Savitzky was born on July 24,1920 in New York City, both of her parents were Russian Jewish immigrants. Her mother, Esther, was a homemaker, and her father, Emanuel Savitzky, ran the Live, even in her youth, she was competitive and would beat everyone, including the boys in all sorts of competitions. When her father died, Abzug, then 13, was told that her orthodox synagogue did not permit women to say the Kaddish, since that rite was reserved for sons of the deceased. However, because her father had no sons, she went to the synagogue every morning for a year to recite the prayer and she then went on to do further post-graduate work at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Abzug was admitted to the New York Bar in 1947, and started practicing in New York City at the firm of Pressman, Witt & Cammer and she became an attorney in the 1940s, a time when very few women practiced law. Early on, she took on civil cases in the South. Abzug lost the appeal and the man was executed, Abzug was an outspoken advocate of liberal causes, including the failed Equal Rights Amendment, and opposition to the Vietnam War. Years before she was elected to the House of Representatives, she was a co-founder of Women Strike for Peace and her political stands placed her on the master list of Nixon political opponents. Nicknamed Battling Bella, in 1970, she challenged the 14-year incumbent and she defeated Farbstein in a considerable upset, and then defeated talk show host Barry Farber in the general election. In 1972, her district was eliminated via redistricting and she chose to run against William Fitts Ryan, Ryan, although seriously ill, defeated Abzug. However, Ryan died before the election and Abzug defeated his widow, Priscilla. In the general election Priscilla Ryan challenged Abzug on the Liberal Party line, in the general election she was reelected easily in 1974. For her last two terms, she represented part of The Bronx as well and she chaired historic hearings on government secrecy. She was chair of Subcommittee on Government Information and Individual Rights and she was voted by her colleagues the third most influential member of the House as reported in U. S. News & World Report. Often recognized by these vibrant hats, Bella reminded all who admired them, moynihan would go to serve four terms in that office. Abzug was defeated in a primary race for the Senate in 1976 by less than one percent
3. Pedro Espada Jr. – Pedro Espada Jr. is a federal prison inmate and former Democratic member of the New York Senate for the 33rd Senate District. A former New York Senate majority leader, Espada was convicted on charges in May,2012. After his return to the Democratic caucus on July 9,2009, dogged by scandals, Espada was defeated by Gustavo Rivera on September 14,2010, in a primary election in his bid to retain his State Senate seat,32. 66% to Riveras 62. 21%. He was indicted on six counts of embezzlement and theft on December 14,2010. Espada was born in Coamo, Puerto Rico in 1953 and moved with his family to New York City at the age of five and his family settled in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, where he attended the New York City Public Schools. He attended Fordham University, and graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, in the late 1970s, Espada was a community organizer and educator in Harlem and the Lower East Side in Manhattan, and in the South Bronx. He established and served as president of the Comprehensive Community Development Corporation and was the director of the Soundview Health Center. The empty building that was to have been the clinic was leased by the group and $50,000 in federal grants was obtained, Espada was also endorsed by El Diario and The Amsterdam News, but received few endorsements from political figures. García won renomination with 60 percent of the vote to Espadas 27 percent, in the 1996 primary, the Bronx Democratic Party took the highly unusual step of running a candidate against the incumbent Democratic Senator, and successfully challenged Espadas petitions in court. Espada, having the Democratic line, won the election handily, in 2001, Espada ran for Bronx Borough President, but was defeated by Adolfo Carrion Jr. In 2002, Espada lost the Democratic nomination to City Councilman incumbent Ruben Diaz, Espada sought a new primary in court, but was denied. He then ran for his old seat on the Republican and Independence lines while remaining registered as a Democrat, Espada was re-elected to the Senate in 2008 for a seat in the 33rd District, succeeding Efrain Gonzalez. The 33rd District is in the Northwest Bronx, including the neighborhoods of Bedford Park, Fordham, Norwood, Espada was the first Latino to serve as Majority Leader. This position was given to him to resolve the June 2009 New York Senate coup orchestrated by Espada, then-Senator Hiram Monserrate. Monserrate was later removed from following a conviction for domestic abuse. Espada voted in favor of marriage legislation on December 2,2009. In a press release posted to his Senate web page, Espada emphasized that I remain a staunch, the switch was preceded by several weeks of private talks brokered by upstate billionaire Tom Golisano. In the early evening of July 9,2009, Espada switched his allegiance back with the Democratic Party, Espada lost his bid for re-election, but was later elected to represent the South Bronx in the State Senate again, even as he continued to maintain residence in Mamaroneck
4. Herman Badillo – Herman Badillo was an American politician who served as borough president of The Bronx and United States Representative, and ran for Mayor of New York City. He was the first Puerto Rican elected to posts. Badillo was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, when he was 11 years old, both of his parents died of tuberculosis and he was sent to live with his aunt in New York City. After graduating from the school system at Haaren High School. In 1954 he received an LL. B. from Brooklyn Law School, the next year he was admitted to the New York State Bar. In 1956, he became a certified public accountant. After joining the Caribe Democratic Club in 1958, Badillo held various offices within the City and State, prior to that he served as New York Commissioner of Housing Preservation and Development. Periconi had, along with historians, successfully attained landmark status for the building in October 1965. It was then placed under review by the Board of Estimate of New York City. On January 27,1966, the last day of the 90-day review period, in 1968 a mysterious fire burned part of the interior. Though still repairable, it was demolished in 1969, in 1970 Badillo was elected to the United States House of Representatives from New Yorks 21st District in the South Bronx, becoming the first Puerto Rican to so serve. He was re-elected for three subsequent consecutive terms and he was also a member of the Committee on Education and Labor. In 1976 he was challenged by South Bronx Councilman Ramon Velez in a contest for the Democratic Party nomination for Congressman of the 21st District, Badillo was reelected easily with 75 percent of the vote. In December of that year, he was one of the five Latino members of Congress who established the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, largely by his efforts, job training for unemployed non-English speaking citizens was included in the Comprehensive Manpower Act of 1973. Badillo also served on the Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs Committee and the Small Business Committee, during his time in office he supported legislation intended to counteract various types of discrimination in employment, including discrimination base on age and marital status. Although he would become a vociferous opponent of bilingual education. Some proponents of bilingual and ESL education, and opponents of English immersion and he was also a critical player in the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act and the inclusion of its language access provisions. During his tenure in Congress, he became an important national spokesperson for Federal investment in urban centers, in 1981 and 1985 he did not appear on the ballot, but dropped out after early moves to stage a campaign failed to generate broad enough support
5. Mario Biaggi – Representative from New York and former New York City police officer. He was elected as a Democrat from The Bronx in New York City, in 1987 and 1988, he was convicted in two separate corruption trials, and he resigned from Congress in 1988. Biaggi was born in East Harlem, New York, on 26 October 1917 and his father, Salvatore Biaggi, was a marble setter. His mother, Mary, worked as a charwoman, at age 18, Biaggi became a substitute letter carrier for the U. S. Later, he became a letter carrier, his mail route included the home of one of his heroes. He served nearly six years with the Post Office and, in a preview of things to come, became an activist in Branch 36 of the National Letter Carriers Association, in 1942, Biaggi joined the New York City Police Department. His police career spanned 23 years and he retired from the Department in 1965, with the rank of Detective Lieutenant. Among his many exploits as one of the NYPDs most decorated officers, was the rescue of a woman on a runaway horse, at the age of 45, and near the end of his police career, Biaggi entered law school. The American Bar Association granted him a dispensation to study law even though Biaggi did not have an undergraduate college degree. Biaggi attended New York Law School, and received a full scholarship thanks to Dean Daniel Gutman, studying days, nights and weekends, Biaggi completed the three-year law degree program in only two and one-half years. In 1966, at the age of 49, he was admitted to the New York Bar and founded the law firm Biaggi and Ehrlich. In 1968, the 24th District seat in the U. S. House became open when 8-term Republican incumbent Paul Fino resigned to become a New York Supreme Court Justice. Biaggi ran as a Democrat, and won easily, with 60. 5% of the vote in what had been a traditional Bronx Republican stronghold and he was easily re-elected in 1970. From 1972 onward, he was nominated by the Republicans as well, in 1968,1970, and 1972, he also got the Conservative nomination, but this support ended after his abortive run for mayor in 1973. From 1978 onward he got the Liberal nomination, in the redistricting after the 1970 census, Biaggis district was renumbered the 10th, and included part of Queens. In the redistricting after the 1980 census, his district was renumbered the 19th, Biaggi was a leader in the effort to ban cop killer bullets. In 1973, he declared his candidacy for Mayor of New York City and he entered the Democratic primary, and also sought the Conservative nomination. Biaggi was a fairly conservative Democrat by New York City standards, Conservative Party leaders supported him and planned to make him their nominee regardless of whether he received the Democratic line
6. Jeffrey Dinowitz – Jeffrey Dinowitz is an American politician who represents District 81 in the New York State Assembly, which comprises Kingsbridge, Norwood, Riverdale, Van Cortlandt Village, Wakefield, and Woodlawn. He was chosen in an election held in 1994 to replace G. Oliver Koppell. Dinowitz previously served as Democratic District Leader from 1986 to 1994 and he has also served as a Democratic State Committeeman, and as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He has also served as President of the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club three times in the past and remains a member of the club to this day. As an Assemblyman, Dinowitz chairs the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and he is also a member of Committees on Rules, Judiciary, Health, and Election Law and is a member of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force. Prior to entering the Assembly, Dinowitz served for a decade as a law judge for New York State. He is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, Lehman College of the City University of New York and he and his wife Sylvia have been married since 1978. They have two children, Kara and Eric, and several grandchildren, official New York State Assembly Member Website
7. Eliot Engel – Eliot Lance Engel /ˈɛŋɡəl/ is the U. S. Representative for New Yorks 16th congressional district and he is a member of the Democratic Party. His new district, District 16, contains parts of the Bronx, in Westchester, it includes Yonkers, Mt. Vernon, New Rochelle, Scarsdale. Mamaroneck, Pelham, Pelham Manor, Larchmont, Tuckahoe, Bronxville, Eastchester, Hastings-on-Hudson, Ardsley, Hartsdale, in the Bronx, it includes Riverdale, Woodlawn, Edenwald, Baychester, Williamsbridge, Van Cortlandt Village, and Wakefield, and Co-op City. He represented the 19th District from 1989 to 1993, and the 17th District from 1993 to 2013, District 17 consisted of parts of the Bronx, Westchester County, and Rockland County. In 2013, he became the ranking minority member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, replacing Howard Berman, Engel was born in the Bronx, the son of Sylvia and Philip Engel, an ironworker. His grandparents, of Ukrainian Jewish background, immigrated from the Russian Empire and he grew up in a city housing project Eastchester Gardens and attended New York City public schools. In 1987, he received a law degree from New York Law School and he began his political career in local Democratic clubs. He taught in New York City School District and was a guidance counselor and he taught Junior High School at Intermediate School 52 from 1969 to 1976 and at Intermediate School 174 after that. In 1977, Engel entered the election for a seat in the New York State Assembly after the incumbent Democrat Alan Hochberg was forced to resign. He risked all of his savings and won by 103 votes. He was the Liberal Party nominee in the election, and on March 1,1977, he defeated Democratic nominee Ted Weinstein. Engel was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1977 to 1988, sitting in the 182nd, 183rd and he chaired the Committee on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, as well as the Subcommittee on the Mitchell-Lama Housing Program. In 1988, Engel ran for the U. S. House of Representatives in New Yorks 19th congressional district and he defeated incumbent Democrat Mario Biaggi in the primary with 48% of the vote. Biaggi had been charged with racketeering in the Wedtech scandal, he was jailed by Rudy Giuliani. He won the election with 56% of the vote. He never won re-election with less than 61% in a general election and he only faced competitive primary elections twice. In 1994, he defeated musician Willie Colón 62%-38%, in 2000, Engel defeated State Senator Larry Seabrook, who had the support of Bronx County Democratic Party Chairman Roberto Ramirez, 50%-41%