|Member of the New York State Senate
from the 24th district
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|
|Born||Andrew Joseph Lanza
March 12, 1964
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||St. John's University (B.S.)
Fordham University (J.D.)
Andrew Joseph Lanza (born March 12, 1964) is an American lawyer and politician and is serving as a member of the New York State Senate, representing the 24th District which encompasses most of Staten Island. Lanza was elected State Senator in the November 2006 election. He is a former member of the New York City Council.
Lanza attended P.S. 32 and I.S. 24, both in Great Kills, Staten Island. He is a 1982 graduate of Monsignor Farrell High School in Oakwood. 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.
Lanza lives in Great Kills with his wife and three children. Lanza is a childhood friend of former United States Congressman Vito Fossella of Staten Island. The two campaigned together in 2006 for Lanza's election to the State Senate and Fossella's re-election campaign to Congress.
Work on Wall Street and in the Manhattan D.A.'s Office
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.
New York City Council
Running as a Republican, Lanza was first elected to the New York City Council in 2001 and re-elected for a second term in 2003 to the 51st Council District on the South Shore of Staten Island, representing over 150,000 constituents. He was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2005 as well.
At the City Council he sat on the Education Committee, Land Use Committee, Sanitation and Solid Waste Committee, Standards and Ethics Committee, Environmental and Transportation Committee, as well as the sub-committee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions.
New York State Senate
Lanza was elected to the New York State Senate on November 7, 2006 and took office on January 1, 2007. He fills the seat vacated by Senator John J. Marchi, who retired after 50 years of service in the State Senate. Lanza has successfully championed improvements to Staten Island’s schools, parks and open spaces. He secured millions of dollars for new classrooms, computer and science labs, books, playgrounds and school safety improvements. Lanza also scored victories by saving many acres of open space and delivering tens of millions of dollars for new active and passive recreational parks. These include the first city soccer, baseball, and softball fields for Staten Island’s South Shore.
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. Marriage Equality Act roll call At the time, he said he believed the word marriage should “describe a union between a man and a woman." Quote
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 secured a key agreement from Mayor Bloomberg to open a new police precinct on Staten Island. Lanza was also instrumental in opening the new firehouse in Rossville.
Lanza also called for the establishment of the Mayoral Traffic and Transportation Task Force. He serves on the task force in order to address Staten Island’s long standing traffic problems and to increase funding for public transportation.
Lanza serves as Chairman of the Senate Cities Committee and Co-Chair of both the Senate Ethics Committee and the Legislative Ethics Commission.
Lanza also serves on the Committees on Civil Service & Pensions; Codes; Education; Finance; Insurance; and Judiciary.
|New York City Council, 51st District
|New York State Senate|
|New York State Senate, 24th District