Oliver Koppell

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Gabriel Oliver Koppell
Member of the New York City Council from the 11th District
In office
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
In office
January 1994 – December 31, 1994
Governor Mario Cuomo
Preceded by Robert Abrams
Succeeded by Dennis Vacco
Member of the New York State Assembly
In office
1970 – January 1994
Personal details
Born (1940-12-15) December 15, 1940 (age 74)
New York City
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lorraine Coyle Koppell
Residence Bronx, New York
Alma mater Harvard College
Harvard Law School
Profession Lawyer
Religion Jewish
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.[1] 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.[1] Koppell is active in the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club. He has been a resident of Fieldston in the Bronx.[2]

New York City Council[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

In 2014, Koppell ran a David vs. Goliath challenge against incumbent State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein in the Democratic Party primary, and was defeated on a 60 to 40 margin. Koppell ran on the basis of disbanding the IDC (a democratic group of senators who caucused with republicans), led by Klein.[3]


  1. ^ a b Official Biography
  2. ^ 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."
  3. ^ "Koppell challenges Klein for senate seat," Riverdale Press. May 5, 2014 [1]

External links[edit]

New York Assembly
Preceded by
Benjamin Altman
New York State Assembly, 84th District
Succeeded by
Gordon Burrows
Preceded by
Guy Velella
New York State Assembly, 80th District
Succeeded by
George Friedman
Preceded by
Stephen B. Kaufman
New York State Assembly, 81st District
Succeeded by
Jeffrey Dinowitz
Political offices
Preceded by
June Eisland
New York City Council, 11th District
Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert Abrams
New York State Attorney General
Succeeded by
Dennis Vacco