Anthony J. Travia

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Anthony John Travia (February 26, 1911 – December 7, 1993) was an American lawyer, Democratic politician and federal judge from New York.

Life[edit]

He was born on February 26, 1911, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated LL.B. from St. John's University School of Law in 1932. In 1935, he married Rita A. Sorrentino, and they had two sons: Anthony John Travia Jr and Robert F. Travia.

On November 2, 1943, he was elected to the New York State Assembly (Kings Co., 22nd D.), to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James A. Corcoran. He was re-elected in 1944, and remained in the Assembly until 1946, sitting in the 164th and 165th New York State Legislatures.

He was again a member of the State Assembly from 1949 to 1968, sitting in the 167th, 168th, 169th, 170th, 171st, 172nd, 173rd, 174th, 175th, 176th and 177th New York State Legislatures; and was Minority Leader from 1959 to 1964, and Speaker of the New York State Assembly from 1965 to 1968. He was President of the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1967.

President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Travia to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York on April 25, 1968, to a seat vacated by Matthew T. Abruzzo. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 24, 1968, and received his commission on July 17, 1968. His service terminated on November 30, 1974, when he resigned saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.

He is the author of Travia Leave, Law 3107 of the NYS Education Law, which specifies that public employees who are members of a retirement system “…shall upon application be granted a retirement leave with full pay consisting of one half of their accumulated unused sick leave up to a maximum of one semester.”

He died on December 7, 1993, in Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
James A. Corcoran
New York State Assembly
Kings County, 22nd District

1944–1946
Succeeded by
Joseph M. Soviero
Preceded by
Joseph M. Soviero
New York State Assembly
Kings County, 22nd District

1949–1965
Succeeded by
district abolished
Preceded by
new district
New York State Assembly
38th District

1966–1968
Succeeded by
Vito P. Battista
Political offices
Preceded by
Eugene F. Bannigan
Minority Leader in the New York State Assembly
1959–1964
Succeeded by
George L. Ingalls
Preceded by
Joseph Carlino
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
1965–1968
Succeeded by
Moses M. Weinstein
Acting
Legal offices
Preceded by
Matthew T. Abruzzo
Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern D. of NY
1968–1974
Succeeded by
George Cheney Pratt