|Gabriel Oliver Koppell|
|Member of the New York City Council from the 11th District|
January 1, 2002 – December 2013
|Preceded by||June Eisland|
|Succeeded by||Andrew Cohen|
|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|
|Member of the New York State Assembly|
1970 – January 1994
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|
Gabriel Oliver Koppell (born December 15, 1940 in the Bronx, New York) is an American politician.
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.
New York City Council
He served as 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 defeated Ari Hoffnung by a 3 to 1 margin in 2005. On September 15, 2009, Koppell defeated challenger, Tony Perez Casino winning 65% of the vote. Due to term limits, Koppell left the City Council on December 31, 2013.
Prior to his term in the City Council, he had been a member of the New York State Assembly 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.
New York Attorney General
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.
2014 State Senate Run
In 2014, as part of his attempted political comeback, Koppell ran a failed challenge against incumbent State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein in the Democratic Party primary,being defeated on a 60 to 40 margin. Koppell ran on the basis of disbanding the IDC, led by Klein.
- 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."
- "Koppell challenges Klein for senate seat," Riverdale Press. May 5, 2014 
- New York City Council: District 11 – G. Oliver Koppell
- Searchlight 2002-District 11
- Koppell Raises Money Despite Safe Seat
- Candidates Are Attacked Over Tobacco Money
- Primary Ahead in Attorney General Race
- WTC Plans Got Trashed
- Koppell challenges Klein for senate seat
|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