|Member of the New York State Senate|
from the 24th district
|Assumed office |
January 1, 2007
|Preceded by||John J. Marchi|
|Member of the New York City Council|
from the 51st district
January 1, 2002 – December 31, 2006
|Preceded by||Stephen J. Fiala|
|Succeeded by||Vincent M. Ignizio|
Andrew Joseph Lanza
March 12, 1964
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||St. John's University (BS)|
Fordham University (JD)
Andrew Joseph Lanza (born March 12, 1964) is an American lawyer and Republican politician. He currently serves as a member of the New York State Senate, representing the 24th District which encompasses most of Staten Island. He was first elected in 2006. He is a former member of the New York City Council.
Early life and career
He is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor degree and St. John's University, where he received a B.S. in Accounting. He is admitted for the practice of law to the Bars of New York, New Jersey, SDNY and DNJ.
Prior to his entry into politics, Lanza was associated with Mercury Securities LLC, a Wall Street software development and stock trading firm, where he was a Managing Member and General Counsel Partner. He also served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office as a prosecutor of street crimes, felony cases, New York State Welfare Fraud and procedural and constitutional issues. Lanza received his corporate legal training with KPMG Peat Marwick as a Senior Auditor where he was in charge of auditing public and private firms, banks, importers and hospitals.
Lanza lives in Great Kills with his wife, Marcele, a public school administrator at a middle school in his district, and their three children. Lanza is a childhood friend of former United States Congressman Vito Fossella of Staten Island.
New York State Senate
In 2006, Lanza was elected to the New York State Senate, filling the seat vacated by Senator John J. Marchi, who retired after 50 years of service in the State Senate. Since his initial election, he has faced no serious opposition, and has run run unopposed three times.
In 2011, Lanza voted against the Marriage Equality Act, which legally recognized same-sex marriages performed in the state, in a closely divided Senate vote of 33-29. At the time, he said he believed the word marriage should "describe a union between a man and a woman."
In December 2013, Lanza took issue with a billboard secured by the American Atheists. He published a press release on his Senate web page where he stated that he was not surprised "people who do not believe in God are hateful and malicious", he likened the billboard to "Religious persecution of the kind that similarly lead to the Holocaust". He called for a boycott of Times Square so long as the advertisement was in place and for the IRS to investigate the American Atheists with an eye towards revocation of their tax-exempt status. American Atheists responded by asking if he would be calling for a boycott of his own district's businesses if a similar billboard was on Staten Island, and then they erected one there. Senator Lanza amended his press release to indicate his assumptions of malice and hatred are only of those who support the billboard, not all atheists. The most current Press release from the Senator has removed calls for an IRS investigation, and relented on his calls for a boycott of Times Square.
Lanza formerly served as Chairman of the Senate Cities Committee and Co-Chair of both the Senate Ethics Committee and the Legislative Ethics Commission.
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| Member of the New York City Council
from the 51st district
|New York State Senate|
| Member of the New York State Senate
from the 24th district