Domenic Recchia

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Domenic Recchia
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Member of the New York City Council from the 47th District
In office
January 1, 2002 – December 31, 2013
Preceded by Howard Lasher
Succeeded by Mark Treyger
Constituency Bensonhurst, Brighton Beach, Coney Island, and Gravesend
Personal details
Born Domenic M. Recchia, Jr.
(1959-07-25) July 25, 1959 (age 55)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kim Recchia
Residence Brooklyn, New York
Alma mater Kent State University (B.A.)
Atlanta Law School (J.D.)
Occupation Attorney, Politician
Website Campaign website

Domenic M. Recchia, Jr. (born July 25, 1959) is an American attorney and politician from New York City. A member of the Democratic Party, Recchia formerly represented the 47th Council District in the New York City Council which included areas of Bensonhurst, Brighton Beach, Coney Island, and Gravesend in south Brooklyn.[1]

He is currently running for the Democratic nomination in New York's 11th congressional district.[2]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Recchia is a lifelong resident of Gravesend. Throughout his childhood, Recchia attended local public schools including P.S. 215, David A. Boody Intermediate School, and John Dewey High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Kent State University and a few years later, his Juris Doctor from Atlanta Law School.[3]

After graduation, Recchia returned to Brooklyn, and in 1989 was elected to Community Board 13. Later on, Recchia was elected to Community School Board 21, first serving as a member, then vice-president, and eventually president.[3]

City Council[edit]

Elections[edit]

Then-Councilman Howard Lasher was term-limited and thus could not seek another term in the City Council. In the primary elections, Recchia faced Lasher's wife, Susan Lasher, in which she received 2,999 votes to Recchia's 4,509. He went on to win the general election with 52% of the vote.[4] Recchia subsequently won re-election in 2003, 2005, and 2009.[5][6][7]

Tenure[edit]

Recchia previously served as Chair of the Cultural Affairs Committee.[8]

In August 2013, Recchia voted against an override of Mayor Bloomberg's vetoes on two bills that would create an independent inspector general to oversee the New York Police Department and another that would allow people to sue in state court if they believe they've been profiled by police. Both bills were passed by the City Council with an overwhelming majority, enough to override the Mayor's vetoes.[9]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Civil Service & Labor[1]
  • Cultural Affairs, Libraries & International Intergroup Relations
  • Finance (Chair)
  • Governmental Operations
  • State & Federal Legislation

2014 congressional election[edit]

After much speculation, Recchia announced he would run for New York's 11th congressional district in the 2014 election.[2] His city council district included much of the Brooklyn portion of the congressional district.

If he wins the Democratic primary, Recchia will face two-term Republican incumbent Michael Grimm in the general election. Roll Call named the race one of the top five races in the Northeast, noting that national Democrats were very high on Recchia's candidacy.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Recchia currently resides in Gravesend with his wife Kim, a public school teacher. They have three daughters. He is a practicing attorney and founder of the Council For Unity, a group that seeks to foster positive relations between New Yorkers of different races and religious backgrounds.[3][11][dead link]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Howard Lasher
New York City Council, 47th District
2002 – 2013
Succeeded by
Mark Treyger