Frank Padavan

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Frank Padavan
Member of the New York Senate
from the 11th district
In office
January 3, 1973 – 2010
Preceded byJohn J. Santucci
Succeeded byTony Avella
Personal details
Born(1934-10-31)October 31, 1934
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedOctober 8, 2018(2018-10-08) (aged 83)
New York, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Senator Frank Padavan.jpg
Frank Padavan.jpg

Frank Padavan (October 31, 1934 – October 8, 2018) was an American engineer and politician. He served as a New York state senator representing District 11, located in Queens County. His district included the communities of Queens Village, Flushing, Bayside, Whitestone, Douglaston, Little Neck, College Point, Bellerose, Hollis, Jamaica Estates, Floral Park, and Glen Oaks.[1] A Republican, Padavan lost his 2010 bid for re-election to Democrat Tony Avella.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Padavan attended Newtown High School in Elmhurst, New York. He received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute in 1956, and went on to receive an M.B.A. from New York University in 1963. Between 1955 and 1968, he worked as an engineer at Westinghouse Electric Corporation.[3]

Padavan spent 30 years as a reserve member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, attaining the rank of colonel. During his military career, Padavan served as commanding officer of the 411th Engineer Brigade and chief of staff, 77th ARCOM, headquarters for New York State's Army Reserve. He was a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College and completed the Defense Strategy Course.[4]

In 1968, Padavan was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Buildings, a position in which he remained until his election to the State Senate in 1972.[3] He was a member of the New York State Senate from 1973 to 2010.[5]

Padavan died October 8, 2018 at New York–Presbyterian Hospital. He was 83.[6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New York State Senate: District 11". Gotham Gazette. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  2. ^ Katz, Celeste (November 8, 2010). "State Sen. Frank Padavan Says Goodbye". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on November 12, 2010. Retrieved November 8, 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Frank Padavan's Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "Senator Frank Padavan". New York State Senate. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "Queens officials mourn the death of former state senator Frank Padavan".
  6. ^ Dewitt, Karen (October 9, 2018). "Former NYS Senator Padavan Dies At 83". WAMC. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  7. ^ Lovett, Kenneth (October 9, 2018). "Former New York state Sen. Frank Padavan, 'a fighter for the forgotten middle class,' dies". New York Daily News. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved October 11, 2018.

External links[edit]

New York State Senate
Preceded by
John J. Santucci
New York State Senate
11th District

Succeeded by
Tony Avella