David Carlucci

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David Carlucci
Carlucci Headshot.jpg
Portrait of Carlucci
Member of the New York Senate
from the 38th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2011
Preceded by Thomas Morahan
Personal details
Born (1981-04-03) April 3, 1981 (age 33)
Clarkstown, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lauren Grossberg Carlucci
Residence Clarkstown
Alma mater Rockland Community College
Cornell University
Religion Catholic
Website www.senatorcarlucci.com

David Carlucci (born April 3, 1981) is a member of the New York State Senate representing the 38th district, which includes all of Rockland County and parts of Westchester County. The district formerly included parts of Orange County. He ran as an Independent Democrat and immediately left the Senate Democratic Conference upon taking office.[1]

Early life[edit]

Carlucci was born in Clarkstown, New York on April 3, 1981[2] and raised in Rockland County, graduating from Clarkstown High School North. He graduated from Rockland Community College and Cornell University.[3]


After graduating from Cornell, Carlucci worked as a financial planner for American Express from 2002 to 2003 and later worked in Congressman Eliot Engel's office as a staff assistant from 2004 to 2005[4] when he was elected as town clerk for the community of Clarkstown.[5] In 2010, during his run for Senate, Carlucci accepted a pivotal endorsement from Preserve Ramapo because of an alignment of ideologies.[6] This endorsement helped Carlucci beat out Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef by 6 percentage points.[7]

Independent Democratic Conference[edit]

On January 5, 2011, David Carlucci departed from the Senate Democratic Conference and co-formed the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), with several other Democratic senators.[1] The formation of the IDC enabled Carlucci to be courted by both Democrats and Republicans for support. This break away from the Democratic Conference was seen as a betrayal by the local Democratic party and nearly prevented him from receiving its endorsement for the 2014 senatorial election. At the convention, some Democrats were particularly aggrieved that he did not deliver on his promise of introducing the Equality for Women Act while pushing for legislation contrary to the party's platform.[8] Although Govenor Andrew Cuomo had previously supported Carlucci, he later said that all of the Democrats in the IDC would face primaries unless they severed their ties with Senate Republicans. Organized labor also pressured Carlucci, along with the rest of the IDC, to realign himself with the mainline Democrats in the Senate Democratic Conference. Implied threats by union representatives suggested that organized labor would place its support elsewhere if Carlucci didn't support the Democratic party's policies.[9]

NY Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act of 2013[edit]

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the New York State Legislature passed the SAFE act on January 15, 2013. The law was criticized as being "rushed through" by the legislature as a knee jerk reaction to the Connecticut tragedy.[10] Some of the criticism of the SAFE act included the implication of immediately criminalizing all police who carried standard ten-round magazines and that the seven-round magazines simply did not exist. The bill rendered most gun owners outlaws until the governor pushed for a suspension of the seven-round clause.[11]

Carlucci voted Yea on the SAFE act.[12] "Tonight we passed historic bi-partisan legislation that will go a long way in protecting New Yorkers from senseless gun violence. In this legislation will not only protect people from violence but stiffen penalties against those that are using guns illegally and also protect people's privacy" Carlucci siad after the vote.[13]

The First Amendment and anti-cyberbullying movement[edit]

As part of the IDC, David Carlucci published a report on "Cyberbullying"[14] The report proposed two new criminal acts, Cyberbullying and Bullycide. Cyberbullying was intended to make illegal the action of "intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, engag[ing] in a course of conduct...and [that person engaging in such conduct] knows or reasonably know that such conduct: a) is likely to cause reasonable fear of material harm to the physical health, safety or property of such child; or b) causes material harm to the mental or emotional health, safety or property of such child...this...does not require that the cyberstalker intend to frighten or harm the victim...." [14] Bullycide made criminal the act of committing cyberbullying "and, in the course and furtherance thereof, he or she intentionally or recklessly causes the victim of such offense to commit suicide." In this report, with regard to the first amendment, it was cited that "this freedom should be treated as a privilege - a special entitlement granted by the state on a conditional basis that can be revoked if it is ever abused or maltreated."[14]

Daily Show[edit]

In the summer of 2011, Carlucci was the subject of "The Daily Show" in a segment entitled "Corn-Hold." This came at a time when the debate of legalizing same-sex marriage was raging and Senate was in extended session. The show made a few jabs at Carlucci who was, at the time, insisting on the importance of having a state vegetable for New York.[15]

Women's Rights Stances and Clash with the Democratic Party[edit]

In 2013, New York Governor Cuomo proposed ten-point Women's Equality legislation called the New York Women's Equality Act:

1. Achieve Pay Equity

2. Stop Sexual Harassment in All Workplaces

3. Allow for the Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees in Employment and Credit and Lending Case

4. Strengthen Human Trafficking Laws

5. End Family Status Discrimination

6. Stop Source-of-Income Discrimination

7. Stop Housing Discrimination for Victims of Domestic Violence

8. Stop Pregnancy Discrimination Once and For All

9. Protect Victims of Domestic Violence by Strengthening Order-of-Protection Law

10. Protect a Woman’s Freedom of Choice[16] [17]

Frustration with Carlucci arose among the Democratic party because of Carlucci's role in the IDC, which refused to accept the abortion point of the act. In June 2013, the Rockland County Democratic Party posted an open letter making the senator aware of their discontent with him and their feeling that he had betrayed them for the Republican party.[18] Later, the IDC proposed an alternative five point plan in place of Cuomo's Women's Equality Act that excluded abortion rights and instead focused on gaining income equality for women:

1. Pursuing a standard of comparable worth for our public workforce;

2. Enacting paid leave for a woman's familial obligation's in the home;

3. Ensuring that child care is affordable in New York State so women who choose to work, can work;

4. Assisting women's re-entry into the workforce; and

5. Supporting low-income working women on a path to achieve their fullest economic potential[19]

In response to the turmoil within his voting-base and the New York Democratic party, Carlucci's office came out stating: "Today, I joined with my fellow Democratic Senators to support a woman's right to choose.... This bill simply codifies in state law the right of choice that women in New York already are guaranteed. Unfortunately, the measure did not pass since there were not enough votes for this amendment to pass on either side of the aisle. Let me be clear -- I will continue to strongly advocate for the reproductive health rights of the women of New York State. I am, and always will be, proudly a pro choice Democratic senator."[20] However, this statement was met coldly by many New York Democrats.


  1. ^ a b Carlucci, David. "Statement From Senator Carlucci on the Formation of the Independent Democratic Committee". Senator Carlucci's Website. Senator Carlucci. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Legislative Preview: Meet The New Members". The Capitol. Manhattan Media. January 6, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ Incalcaterra, Laura (Jan 18, 2011). "Carlucci and Grossberg wed". The Journal News. Retrieved Oct 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ Jeng, Christina. "At 24, Clarkstown Town Clerk shows passion for office". Clarkstown Town Clerk. Rockland Journal News. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "David Carlucci: Biography". New York State Senate. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Preserve Ramapo Endorsements". Preserve Ramapo. Preserve Ramapo. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Post Staff Report. "2010 Election Results". New York Post Online. New York Post. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Incalcaterra, Laura (May 30, 2014). "Carlucci leaves Democratic convention without party's nod". The Journal News. Retrieved Oct 3, 2014. 
  9. ^ Lovett, Ken (Jun 10, 2014). "Union bigs want Sen. David Carlucci to return to Democratic fold while local WFP committeeman urges him to stay the course". New York Daily News. Retrieved Oct 3, 2014. 
  10. ^ Elzufon, Rachel (Jan 23, 2013). "NY SAFE Act Faces Changes". WKBW-TV. Retrieved Sep 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ Kriss, Erik (Mar 22, 2013). "State’s new limit on gun magazines put on hold because 7-bullet magazines don’t exist". New York Post. Retrieved Oct 14, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Roll Call: NY S02230". LegiScan. Jan 15, 2013. Retrieved Sep 23, 2014. 
  13. ^ 'Senator David Carlucci comments on Gun Control Legislation. New York State Senate. Jan 14, 2013. Retrieved Oct 4, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b c Carlucci, David. "Cyberbullying - A Report on Bullying in the Digital Age". New York Senate. New York Senate. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  15. ^ Campbell, Jon (Jun 24, 2011). "Rockland’s Carlucci bears brunt of Daily Show jab". The Journal News. Retrieved Sep 23, 2014. 
  16. ^ Cuomo, Andrew. "Women's Equality". New York Rising. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "Home". NY Women's Equality. NY Women's Equality Coalition. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  18. ^ Stavisky, Kristen. "Rockland Democrats Assault David Carlucci". Rocklandtimes.com. Rockland County Times. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  19. ^ Benjamin, Liz. "The IDC's Five-Point Women's Plan". nystateofpolitics.com. State of Politics. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  20. ^ McKinstry, Gerald. "McKinstry: Is the Women's Equality Act the beginning of the End for the IDC". Newsday. Newsday. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 

External links[edit]

New York State Senate
Preceded by
Thomas Morahan
New York State Senate, 38th District