David Carlucci

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David Carlucci
Carlucci Headshot.jpg
Portrait of Carlucci
Member of the New York Senate
from the 38th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2011
Preceded byThomas Morahan
Personal details
Born (1981-04-03) April 3, 1981 (age 38)
Clarkstown, New York
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Lauren Grossberg Carlucci
Alma materRockland Community College
Cornell University

David Carlucci (born April 3, 1981) is a member of the New York State Senate representing the 38th district, which includes most of Rockland County and parts of Westchester County. A Democrat, Carlucci was a member of the state's Independent Democratic Conference from its formation in 2011 until its 2018 dissolution.


Carlucci was born in Clarkstown, New York on April 3, 1981[1] and raised in Rockland County. He graduated from Clarkstown High School North. He graduated from Rockland Community College in 2000 and Cornell University in 2002, with a B.S. in Industrial Labor Relations.[2][3]

After graduating from Cornell, Carlucci worked as a financial planner for American Express from 2002 to 2003 and later worked in Congressman Eliot Engel's office as a staff assistant from 2004 to 2005[4] when he was elected as town clerk for the community of Clarkstown.[5]

New York Senate[edit]

In 2010, Carlucci announced that he would run for the state Senate against incumbent Republican Senator Thomas Morahan. However, a few months prior to the 2010 general elections, Morahan died.[6] Facing a replacement Republican on the ballot, Carlucci beat out Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef 53% to 47%.[7] He has never faced another credible general election challenger.

On January 5, 2011, David Carlucci entered into the Senate and formed the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), with three other Democratic senators, Jeffrey D. Klein, Diane Savino, and David J. Valesky.[8] The formation of the IDC created a third legislative conference in the State Senate. The senators said the IDC would "push for commonsense solutions to the problems facing New York State, break the hyper-partisan gridlock that has gripped the Senate and work to restore the public's trust in its public officials."[9] In 2013, the IDC and the Senate Republicans announced a majority coalition agreement.[9]

In April 2018, the IDC was dissolved and Carlucci joined the Senate Democratic Conference.[10][11] In the 2018 Democratic Primary, Carlucci defeated Julie Goldberg by a 54% to 46% margin,[12] becoming one of only two former IDC members, along with Diane Savino, to defeat primary challengers.


Carlucci sponsored a bill that was signed into law in 2012 that requires all New York State drivers to decide whether to become organ donors on the driver’s license application instead of opting out by default. Lauren’s Law is named for Lauren Shields of Rockland County, who received a heart transplant when she was nine years old.[13]

In 2013 Carlucci sponsored a bill that was signed into law called Jobs for Heroes,[14] which gives a tax credit to businesses for hiring returning veterans.[15] Carlucci worked with his colleagues to expand the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC), which provides discount drugs for senior citizens. The expansion allows for an increase in number of senior citizens living in New York who will qualify for the program. The expansions passed in early 2014.[16]

In June 2014, Carlucci’s bill to create a relapse prevention program to combat heroin addiction in New York State became a law. The program provides educational legal, financial, social, family, and childcare services, in addition to peer-to-peer support groups, employment support, and transportation assistance, for recovering addicts.[17]

The Daily Show[edit]

In the summer of 2011, Carlucci was the subject of a segment on The Daily Show entitled "Corn-Hold." This came at a time when the debate over the legalization of same-sex marriage was raging. Carlucci was, at the time, insisting on the importance of having a state vegetable for New York.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Carlucci is married to Lauren Grossberg Carlucci. The two had their first child in 2013. He lives in the Town of Clarkstown, New York.[5]


  1. ^ "Legislative Preview: Meet The New Members". The Capitol. Manhattan Media. January 6, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Incalcaterra, Laura (January 18, 2011). "Carlucci and Grossberg wed". The Journal News. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
  3. ^ "David Carlucci's Biography on vote smart".
  4. ^ Jeng, Christina. "At 24, Clarkstown Town Clerk shows passion for office". Clarkstown Town Clerk. Rockland Journal News. Archived from the original on October 15, 2014. Retrieved October 10, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  5. ^ a b "David Carlucci: Biography". New York State Senate. Retrieved March 13, 2011.
  6. ^ "State Sen. Thomas Morahan dies at Age 78". New City, NY Patch. July 12, 2010. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  7. ^ Post Staff Report. "2010 Election Results". New York Post Online. New York Post. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
  8. ^ Carlucci, David. "Statement From Senator Carlucci on the Formation of the Independent Democratic Committee". Senator Carlucci's Website. Senator Carlucci. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Senators Klein, Savino, Valesky, Carlucci Announce Formation of Independent Democratic Conference" (Press release). Retrieved May 15, 2016.
  10. ^ Wang, Vivian (April 16, 2018). "As Session Resumes, a Democratic Truce in Albany Seems Uneasy". The New York Times. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  11. ^ Spector, Joseph (April 16, 2018). "After seven years, it's all over for the Senate Independent Democratic Conference". LoHud.com. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  12. ^ "Our Campaigns - NY State Senate 38 - D Primary Race - Sep 13, 2018". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  13. ^ Wolfe, Jenna (September 9, 2012). "Gov. Cuomo Signs 'Lauren's Law' In Effort To Boost Number Of Organ Donors". NBC. NBC Nightly News. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  14. ^ Traum, Robin (February 4, 2013). ""Jobs For Heroes" Promotes Veterans' Employment". Patch.com. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  15. ^ Bajza, Stephen (February 17, 2013). "Senator Carlucci Proposes "Jobs for Heroes" Legislation". Military.com. Archived from the original on October 23, 2014. Retrieved October 24, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  16. ^ Riconda, Michael (April 4, 2014). "Expansions to EPIC and STAR aid announced for New York seniors". Rockland County Times. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  17. ^ Spector, Joe (May 28, 2014). "N.Y. legislators plan heroin crackdown". Poughkeepsie Journal. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  18. ^ Campbell, Jon (June 24, 2011). "Rockland's Carlucci bears brunt of Daily Show jab". The Journal News. Retrieved September 23, 2014.

External links[edit]

New York State Senate
Preceded by
Thomas Morahan
New York State Senate, 38th District