George Onorato

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George Onorato
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 14th, later the 12th, district
In office
June 28, 1983 – December 31, 2010
Preceded by Anthony V. Gazzara
Succeeded by Michael N. Gianaris
Personal details
Born (1928-11-05)November 5, 1928
Astoria, New York
Died February 21, 2015(2015-02-21) (aged 86)
East Elmhurst, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Athena
Children three
Education Long Island City High School

George Onorato (November 5, 1928 – February 21, 2015) was an American politician from New York.


Onorato was born on November 5, 1928, in Astoria, Queens, New York City. He graduated from Long Island City High School. He served in the 118th Medical Battalion of the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952. He married Athena Georgakakos, and they had three children.[1]

He was Secretary and Treasurer of Local 41 of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers for 15 years, and entered politics as a Democrat.

On June 28, 1983, he was elected to the New York State Senate, to fill the vacancy caused by the appointment of Anthony V. Gazzara as Chairman of the New York State Liquor Authority.[2] Onorato was re-elected several times, and remained in the State Senate until 2010, sitting in the 185th, 186th, 187th, 188th, 189th, 190th, 191st, 192nd, 193rd, 194th, 195th, 196th, 197th and 198th New York State Legislatures. He was Vice Chair of the Minority Conference, Co-chair of the New York State Armed Forces Legislative Caucus, and Co-Chairman of the New York State Senate Democratic Task Force on Energy & Conservation. He generally opposes same-sex marriage legislation. He is a member of New York State Senate Democratic Puerto Rican and Hispanic Task Force, the Senate Minority Task Force on Vietnam Veterans, and the Senate Minority Task Force on Waterfront Development.

On December 2, 2009, Onorato voted against same-sex marriage legislation, which failed to pass the Senate.[3]

Onorato announced on January 11, 2010, that he would not be a candidate for re-election.[4]

He died on February 21, 2015, in East Elmhurst, Queens.[5]


  1. ^ New York State Senate: George Onorato biography
  2. ^ ONORATO, DEMOCRAT, TAKESSENATE RACE IN A QUEENS DISTRICT in the New York Times on June 29, 1983
  3. ^ Katz, Celeste (December 2, 2009). "Gay Marriage Fails, 24-38". Daily News. New York. Archived from the original on 2011-08-07. 
  4. ^ Benjamin, Elizabeth (January 11, 2010). "Albany veteran George Onorato bows out, young foe Michael Gianaris steps in". Daily News. Retrieved January 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ Reisman, Nick (2015-02-23). "Queens Pols Remember George Onorato". Time Warner Cable News. Retrieved 2015-02-23. 
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Anthony V. Gazzara
New York State Senate
14th District

Succeeded by
Malcolm Smith
Preceded by
Ada Smith
New York State Senate
12th District

Succeeded by
Michael N. Gianaris
Preceded by
Joseph Robach
New York State Senate
Chairman of the Committee on Labor

Succeeded by
Joseph Robach