|Dennis C. Vacco|
|62nd New York State Attorney General|
January 1, 1995 – December 31, 1998
|Preceded by||G. Oliver Koppell|
|Succeeded by||Eliot Spitzer|
August 16, 1952 |
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
|Residence||Buffalo, New York|
|Alma mater||Colgate University
University at Buffalo Law School
Dennis C. Vacco (born August 16, 1952) is an American lawyer and politician. He graduated with a B.A. from Colgate University in 1974, a J.D. from the University at Buffalo Law School in 1978, and was admitted to the bar in 1979.
Vacco was born in Buffalo, New York, and was raised in Western New York State. He is married to wife, Kelly.
Vacco was an Assistant District Attorney of Erie County from 1978 to 1988, and US Attorney for the Western District of New York from 1988 until the beginning of the Clinton administration in 1993. He was New York State Attorney General from January 1, 1995 to December 31, 1998.
In 1994, Vacco defeated Karen Burstein, the Democratic nominee. One week before the election, Staten Island Borough President Guy Molinari announced that Burstein was not qualified to serve as attorney general because she was a lesbian. The combination of Molinari's remarks, a strong national Republican showing, and the win of George Pataki in the governor's race, led to Vacco narrowly defeating Burstein. The New York Times called Molinari's remarks, "gutter politics."
Vacco brought national attention through a series of prosecutions brought against ISPs, including Dreamscape Online for distributing child pornography. The principal defendant, Buffnet, eventually pled guilty to a charge of fourth degree facilitation of a felony and was fined $5,000.
Vacco played a prominent role in Mayor Rudy Giuliani's attempt to require Time Warner Cable to carry the Fox News Channel. An attempt by Vacco to bring an anti-trust violation charge against Time-Warner failed.
As Attorney General, Vacco also argued the landmark assisted suicide case Vacco v. Quill before the United States Supreme Court. He successfully defended the state's ban on the practice, winning the case by a 9–0 vote.
|New York Attorney General Election 1998|
|Republican||Dennis Vacco (inc.)||2,059,762||47.62||-1.66|
|Right to Life||Robert W. Dapelo||60,399||1.40||-.36|
|Libertarian||Daniel A. Counti, Jr.||19,864||.46||+.05|
|Green||Johann L. Moore.||18,984||.44|
- Vacco also ran on the Conservative Party of New York ticket.
After leaving the Attorney General's office Vacco worked as Vice-President for New York Operations of Waste Management, Inc.
- One candidate's lifestyle becomes other's ax to grind, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL: Tribune Newspaper, 17 October 1994, Quindlen, A., Retrieved 11 November 2013
- Opinion: Guy Molinari, from the gutter The New York Times, New York, NY: The New York Times Company, 12 October 1994, Retrieved 11 November 2013
- About.com: Family internet[dead link]
- ISP guilty in child porn case, Wired.com, New York, NY: Conde Nast, 16 February 2001, Sheeres, J., Retrieved 11 November 2013
- Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, LLP: Business Experience: Dennis Vacco, Lippes.com, Buffalo, NY, Retrieved 11 November 2013
- Watchdog report: Vacco's work on LDCs costs $167k, Democrat and Chronicle.com, Buffalo, NY: Gannett, 8 November 2013, Riley, D., Retrieved 11 November 2013
G. Oliver Koppell
|New York State Attorney General