Ansley B. Borkowski

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Ansley Bernard Borkowski (January 15, 1898 – December 1, 1992) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.

Life[edit]

He was born on January 15, 1898, in Buffalo, New York. He attended Canisius High School and Canisius College.[1] He graduated from University of Buffalo Law School, and practiced law in Buffalo.

Borkowski was a Republican member of the New York State Assembly (Erie Co., 5th D.) in 1921, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930. He was Chairman of the Committee on General Laws from 1927 to 1930.

He was Clerk of the New York State Assembly from 1936[2] to 1964, officiating in the 159th, 160th, 161st, 162nd, 163rd, 164th, 165th, 166th, 167th, 168th, 169th, 170th, 171st, 172nd, 173rd and 174th New York State Legislatures. In January 1965, Borkowski opened the proceedings for the election of a Speaker in the 175th New York State Legislature, as the outgoing clerk traditionally did.[3] This was the first time since 1935 that a Democratic majority was elected to the Assembly, but due to a split into two factions—one following Mayor of New York City Robert F. Wagner, Jr., the other following U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy—no Speaker could be elected. Borkowski presided over a month of deadlock until the election of Anthony J. Travia as Speaker on February 4 with the votes of the Wagner men and the Republicans.[4] Subsequently the Assembly was organized and Democrat John T. McKennan was elected to succeed Borkowski.

He died on December 1, 1992,[5] in Buffalo, New York; and was buried at the St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery in Cheektowaga.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ New York Red Book (1921; pg.104)
  2. ^ IVES MADE SPEAKER, ERIE REBELS BEATEN; INSURGENTS GET CLERK in the New York Times on January 2, 1936 (subscription required)
  3. ^ The Presiding Clerk in the New York Times on January 8, 1965 (subscription required)
  4. ^ TRAVIA ELECTED SPEAKER in the New York Times on February 5, 1965 (subscription required)
  5. ^ "Ansley B. Borkowski" at Social Security Info

External links[edit]

New York Assembly
Preceded by
Alexander A. Patrzykowski
New York State Assembly
Erie County, 5th District

1921
Succeeded by
Alexander A. Patrzykowski
Preceded by
John Krysinski
New York State Assembly
Erie County, 5th District

1924–1930
Succeeded by
Edwin L. Kantowski
Government offices
Preceded by
Homer W. Storey
Clerk of the New York State Assembly
1936–1965
Succeeded by
John T. McKennan