|Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 62nd district
March 2007 – January 2012
|Preceded by||Vincent Ignizio|
|Succeeded by||Joseph Borelli|
May 16, 1972 |
Staten Island, New York
|Residence||Tottenville, Staten Island|
|Alma mater||SUNY Albany|
Early life, education, career
Born in Staten Island, Tobacco attended Public School 35, St. Joseph Hill Academy Grammar School, and Monsignor Farrell High School, from which he graduated in 1990. In his senior year at Farrell, Tobacco was elected student council president. He was also a Boys State delegate and is an Eagle Scout, class of 1987.
While attending the State University of New York at Albany, Tobacco served as a Congressional intern for former Congressman Guy V. Molinari as well as a summer intern for Molinari when he later served as Staten Island Borough President. Upon his graduation from college in 1994, he was appointed by the borough president to serve as assistant director of contract oversight. He worked closely with Staten Island organizations and civic groups and assisted the development of their discretionary funding contracts from the Department of Youth Services and the Department of Cultural Affairs. While at Borough Hall, Tobacco represented Staten Island on the Mayor's Health and Human Services Planning Council and the Community Action Board.
Tobacco's first run for political office was in 1996 for Staten Island's North Shore Assembly seat held by Assemblywoman Elizabeth A. Connelly. He was unsuccessful that year.
Tobacco was elected on March 27, 2007 in a special election to replace Vincent Ignizio, who resigned his seat to become a New York City Councilmember. He and fellow Staten Islander Nicole Malliotakis were the only Republicans in New York City's State Assembly delegation.
Tobacco served as the Ranking Minority Member of the Social Services Committee. He also served on the Transportation, Governmental Employees, Higher Education, Cities and Aging committees. He was tapped to serve as vice chair of the Assembly Minority Sex Offender Watch Task Force and had been appointed to the MTA Capital Program Review Board. Tobacco was also active in criticizing the rising toll on the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge and cuts to the mass transit budget for services to Staten Island residents. In the winter of 2009, Tobacco made headlines with his "Taxation Without Transportation" campaign, distributing over 3,000 bumper stickers with this message to constituents. He retired from the Assembly in 2012.
- "State Assembly: Louis Tobacco (R), District 62". Capitol Info. Archived from the original on March 29, 2011. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
- "Assembly District 62, Lou Tobacco: Biography". New York State Assembly. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
- "Assembly Member Louis R. 'Lou' Tobacco (NY)". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
- "Special Election Results, 62nd Assembly District: March 27, 2007" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. 2007. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
- "General Election Results, State Assembly: November 4, 2008" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 4, 2008. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
- "General Election Results, State Assembly: November 2, 2010" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 13, 2010. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
|New York Assembly|
|New York State Assembly, 62nd District
|Party political offices|
Leticia M. Remauro
|Republican nominee for New York State Assembly, 60th District
Glenn A. Yost