G. Oliver Koppell
|Gabriel Oliver Koppell|
|Member of the New York City Council from the 11th District|
January 1, 2002
|Preceded by||June Eisland|
|Constituency||Bronx: Kingsbridge, Riverdale, Woodlawn, Norwood, parts of Bedford Park, Wakefield and Bronx Park East.|
|61st New York State Attorney General|
January 1994 – December 31, 1994
|Preceded by||Robert Abrams|
|Succeeded by||Dennis Vacco|
December 15, 1940 |
New York City
|Spouse(s)||Lorraine Coyle Koppell|
|Residence||Bronx, New York|
|Alma mater||Harvard College
Harvard Law School
|Website||NYC Council: District 11|
G. Oliver Koppell (born December 15, 1940 in the Bronx, New York) is a member of the New York City Council from District 11 in the Borough of The Bronx, covering the neighborhoods of Riverdale, Kingsbridge, Woodlawn, Van Cortlandt Village, Norwood, and Bedford Park. He was elected to the Council in 2001, and recently defeated Ari Hoffnung by a 3 to 1 margin in 2005. On September 15, 2009, Oliver Koppell defeated challenger, Tony Perez Casino winning 65% of the vote.
Prior to his term in the City Council, he had been a member of the New York State Assembly in from 1970 to 1994. While in the Assembly, he served as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and passed the New York bottle bill. In 1981, Koppell ran for Bronx Borough President, but was defeated in the Democratic primary by the incumbent, Stanley Simon.
In 1993, Koppell was elected by the New York State Legislature to fill the unexpired term of New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams, who resigned. As attorney general, Koppell successfully brought a lawsuit to allow drivers under the age of 25 to obtain rental cars in the State of New York. In 1994, Koppell sought a full term as attorney general, but lost to Judge Karen Burstein in the Democratic Primary. He finished second, ahead of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles "Joe" Hynes and prosecutor Eliot Spitzer. In 1998, he again sought the Democratic nomination for state attorney general. He finished third in the primary, behind Spitzer, who won, and State Sen. Catherine Abate. Koppell finished ahead of Charles Davis, a former staffer for former Gov. Mario Cuomo.
Koppell was born in New York City. His parents, refugees from Nazi Germany, moved to the Bronx when Oliver was two. Koppell attended Bronx elementary schools, the Bronx High School of Science, Harvard College and Harvard Law School, from which he graduated cum laude. While at Harvard College, he founded Let's Go Travel Guides.
Koppell's first marriage ended in divorce. He is now married to Lorraine Coyle Koppell, an attorney who narrowly lost a race for the New York State Senate in 2000 to Guy Velella. He has three children, all of whom were raised in the Bronx and attended Bronx public schools, and five grandchildren. Koppell is active in the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club. He has been a resident of Fieldston in the Bronx.
- Official Biography
- Jackson, Nancy Beth. "If You're Thinking of Living In/Fieldston; A Leafy Enclave in the Hills of the Bronx", The New York Times, February 17, 2002. Accessed May 3, 2008. "TODAY, residents include United Nations ambassadors from Benin and Guinea; Jennifer J. Raab, president of Hunter College and former head of the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission; and G. Oliver Koppell, the former New York attorney general newly elected to the City Council."
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|New York Assembly|
|New York State Assembly, 84th District
|New York State Assembly, 80th District
Stephen B. Kaufman
|New York State Assembly, 81st District
|New York City Council, 11th District
|New York State Attorney General