David Carlucci

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David Carlucci
Carlucci Headshot.jpg
Portrait of Carlucci
Member of the New York Senate
from the 38th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 1, 2011
Preceded by Thomas Morahan
Personal details
Born (1981-04-03) April 3, 1981 (age 33) [1]
Clarkstown
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)[1] is a member of the New York State Senate representing the 38th district, which includes all of Rockland County and parts of Orange County. He is an Independent Democrat.[2]

Early life[edit]

Carlucci was born and raised in Rockland County, graduating from Clarkstown High School North. In 2000, he graduated from Rockland Community College, where he was Student Representative to the college's Board of Trustees. He later received a Leadership Scholarship to attend Cornell University, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Labor Relations.

Career[edit]

Prior to his election to the Senate, Carlucci served as Town Clerk for the community of Clarkstown, a position to which he was first elected in 2005.[3]

Carlucci represents the 38th District in the New York State Senate. This encompasses the Towns of Ramapo, Clarkstown and Orangetown in Rockland County along with the Town of Ossining in Westchester County.

Independent Democratic Conference[edit]

On January 5, 2011, David Carlucci co-formed the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), with several other Democratic senators. In doing so, Carlucci departed from the Senate Democratic Conference.[4] 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, 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.[5] 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. Another swift blow was dealt to Carlucci and his self-declared status as an Independent Democrat when he found himself pressured, along with the rest of the IDC, to realign themselves with the mainline Democrats in the Senate Democratic Conference by organized labor. Implied threats by union representatives suggested that organized labor would place its support elsewhere if Carlucci continued to turn his back on them and the Democratic party's progressive ideals. [6] Carlucci began urging his fellow IDC members to abandon their Republican relationship to foster relationships with the Senate Democrats.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

Carlucci voted Yea on the SAFE act and was instrumental in its passage.[10] "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 championed after the vote.[11]

Attack On First Amendment Free Speech[edit]

As part of the IDC, David Carlucci published a report on "Cyberbullying"[12] 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...."[13] 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]

Brush With Fame[edit]

In the summer of 2011, Senator Carlucci found himself as a subject of humor on "The Daily Show" in a segment entitled "Corn-Hold." This came at a time when the debate of legalizing same-sex marriage was both raging and at a stand still during an extended session. Instead of deciding on the ultimate legality or illegality of the matter, the show made a few jabs at Carlucci who was instead insisting on the importance of having a state vegetable for New York. Although Carlucci was in support of onions initially, Corn won on the senate floor.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Carlucci is married to Lauren Grossberg Carlucci. The two had their first child in 2010. He lives in the Town of Clarkstown, Rockland County.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Legislative Preview: Meet The New Members". The Capitol. Manhattan Media. January 6, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ "The New Amigos: Sens. Jeff Klein, Diane Savino, David Carlucci and David Valesky". Capital Tonight. YNN Capital Region. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "David Carlucci: Biography". New York State Senate. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Statement From Senator Carlucci on the Formation of the Independent Democratic Committee". 
  5. ^ "Carlucci leaves Democratic convention without party's nod". 
  6. ^ "Union bigs want Sen. David Carlucci to return to Democratic fold while local WFP committeeman urges him to stay the course". 
  7. ^ "NYS Sen. David Carlucci urging fellow breakaway Dems to abandon GOP for Democrats: sources". 
  8. ^ "NY SAFE Act Faces Changes". WKBW-TV. Jan 23, 2013. Retrieved Sep 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ "State’s new limit on gun magazines put on hold because 7-bullet magazines don’t exist". New York Post. Mar 22, 2013. Retrieved Sep 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ http://legiscan.com/NY/rollcall/S02230/id/217289.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UamR0NndATU.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ http://www.nysenate.gov/files/pdfs/final%20cyberbullying_report_september_2011.pdf.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ http://www.nysenate.gov/files/pdfs/final%20cyberbullying_report_september_2011.pdf.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ http://www.nysenate.gov/files/pdfs/final%20cyberbullying_report_september_2011.pdf.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2011/06/24/rocklands-carlucci-bears-brunt-of-daily-show-jab/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

External links[edit]

New York State Senate
Preceded by
Thomas Morahan
New York State Senate, 38th District
2011–present
Incumbent