Ronald Canestrari

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Ron Canestrari
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Canestrari in 2009
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 106th district
In office
Preceded by Michael R. McNulty
Succeeded by Didi Barrett
Personal details
Born Ronald J. Canestrari
(1943-05-22) May 22, 1943 (age 71)[1]
Cohoes, New York[1]
Political party Democratic
Residence Cohoes, New York[1]
Alma mater Fordham College
Fordham University School of Law
Profession lawyer, politician
Religion Catholic[1]
Website Official website

Ronald J. "Ron" Canestrari (born May 22, 1943)[1] is an American politician and former Democratic member of the New York State Assembly representing Assembly District 106, which includes parts of Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties, sections of the cities of Albany and Troy, and all of the cities of Cohoes and Rensselaer.[2]

A native of Cohoes, Canestrari attended public schools in Cohoes and later graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in Albany. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham College in 1965, followed by a Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law in 1968. He was an enlisted member of the United States Army from 1969 to 1971, and worked as an attorney for the federal government and the Army.[2]

Canestrari served as mayor of Cohoes from 1976 until 1989. During his tenure as mayor, he was an active member of the New York State Conference of Mayors and served as the organization's president.[2]

He was an Assemblyman from 1989 to 2013. Canestrari has served as the Chairman of the Higher Education Committee as well as a member of standing committees on Banks, Labor, Local Governments, Rules, and Ways and Means. In 2007, he became Majority Leader of the State Assembly. He ran uncontested in the 2008 and 2010 general elections.[3][4][5]

While long opposed to gay marriage, Canestrari revised his position in 2007 and now supports legalizing it in New York.[6]


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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Michael R. McNulty
New York State Assembly, 106th District
Succeeded by
Didi Barrett
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Tokasz
Majority Leader of the New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Joseph Morelle