James F. Gennaro

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James F. Gennaro was a Democratic member of the New York City, New York, City Council, where he chaired the Environmental Protection Committee. He was first elected to the Council in 2002. In November 2005, he was reelected to a second term as the representative for the 24th Council District, of the Fresh Meadows neighborhood in the borough of Queens.[1]

In the 2008 New York state elections, Gennaro was the Democratic candidate for the New York State Senate; his opponent was the Republican incumbent, Frank Padavan.[2] After 3 months of recounting ballots, the incumbent, Senator Padavan, was declared the winner and Gennaro conceded defeat.[3]

In November 2009, Gennaro was re-elected for a third term on the City Council.[1] Due to term limits, Gennaro did not run again in 2013; his seat was won by Democrat Rory Lancman. Gennaro left office on December 31, 2013.

Formerly the senior policy adviser to then Council Speaker Peter Vallone, Sr., Gennaro was an adjunct professor of political science and environmental public policy at Queens College.[1] He also served as President of the Jamaica Estates Association and as a member of Queens Community Board 8.[1]

Gennaro lives with his wife, Joanne, and their daughter in Jamaica Estates, Queens.[1]


Preceded by
Morton Povman
New York City Council, 24th District
Succeeded by
Rory Lancman