Mark Gjonaj

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Mark Gjonaj
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 80th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2013
Preceded by Naomi Rivera
Personal details
Political party Democratic

Mark Gjonaj is an Albanian-American politician of the Democratic Party for District 80 in the New York State Assembly. His district encompasses Morris Park, Pelham Parkway, Pelham Gardens, and Norwood, among other communities located in The Bronx. Gjonaj defeated incumbent assemblyman Naomi Rivera in the 2012 Democratic primary race.[1] On November 6, 2012, he won the general election with 79% of the vote.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Gjonaj was born in the Bronx to an Albanian family from Reč, Montenegro. He attended St. Raymond High School for Boys and graduated from St. John's University with a bachelor's degree.[3][4]


He is the president of M P Realty Group Corp., a real estate brokerage firm that he founded in 1999. His political experience prior to election was as a member of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission.

Honors and awards[edit]

Gjonaj was presented with Albania's Honor of Nation Order, Urdhri Nderi i Kombit, by President Bujar Nishani.


  1. ^ Kratz, Alex (September 20, 2012). "Naomi Rivera Defeated Soundly in Assembly Primary By Hard-Working Challenger". Bronx News. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Kratz, Alex (November 7, 2012). "No Surprises in Local Election Results as Democrats Sweep the Bronx". Norwood News. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Albanian-American realtor challenges incumbent Bronx Assemblywoman". Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-07-12. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Naomi Rivera
New York Assembly, 80th District