Mike Arcuri

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Michael Arcuri
Arcuri Official Photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 24th district
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Sherwood Boehlert
Succeeded by Richard L. Hanna
Personal details
Born (1959-06-11) June 11, 1959 (age 57)
Utica, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sabrina Deon-Arcuri
Children Carmen Joseph Arcuri
Dominique Arcuri
Residence Utica, New York
Alma mater University at Albany (B.A.)
New York Law School (J.D.)
Occupation attorney
Religion Roman Catholic

Michael Angelo "Mike" Arcuri (born June 11, 1959) is an American politician who was the U.S. Representative for New York's 24th congressional district from 2007 to 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He lost re-election on November 2, 2010, to Republican Richard L. Hanna.

Arcuri is a member of the New York Industrial Board of Appeals.[1]

Early life, education and career[edit]

Arcuri's father was Carmen Arcuri. His mother, Elizabeth, retired as a stenographer. Arcuri graduated from Thomas R. Proctor High School, in Utica, New York in 1977.

In 1981, Arcuri graduated from the State University of New York at Albany where he majored in history and minored in economics. In 1984, he graduated from New York Law School and was admitted to practice law in New York state in 1985.

Arcuri returned to Utica to open a law office in 1986.

Oneida County District Attorney[edit]

In 1993, Arcuri was elected District Attorney of Oneida County, home to Utica. He was only the third Democrat ever to hold the post, and the first in 40 years.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

The 24th congressional district encompasses a large swath of central New York, including Utica, Auburn, Rome and most of the suburbs of Binghamton.

A member of the moderate Blue Dog Coalition, Arcuri was named by the National Review (March 2010) as one of the most Centrist members of the House, with a voting record of 50.2% liberal and 49.8% conservative, a distinction he shares with only one other member of Congress.[2]

Committee assignments[edit]

Controversy[edit]

In 2002, Arcuri personally prosecuted Joseph A. Smith of Oneida for the murder of Desiree Case of Yorkville. Her body was discovered in an abandoned house on February 26, 2000. Smith was arrested on November 29, 2001 after he was charged with two counts of second-degree murder in a sealed indictment. Despite one mistrial, Arcuri chose to press on with the case, and a jury found Smith guilty of both counts of murder in March 2002. In late June 2002 a judge set aside the conviction, on a technicality, when it was discovered the defense was not provided all of the evidence in the case, most notably the confession of another man, Earl Wright, who was eventually found guilty of the murder of Case. Smith was released from jail on August 1, 2002. He later filed a claim for misconduct and negligence against the Oneida County District Attorney's Office and the City of Utica, N.Y., Police Department, which was settled out of court.[3][4][5][6][7]

Elections[edit]

2006[edit]

In November 2006, Arcuri defeated State Senator Ray Meier for the 24th District congressional seat left open by the retiring Sherwood Boehlert. Arcuri won by 54 percent of the vote to Meier's 45 percent, becoming only the second Democrat to represent the area in 106 years.[8]

2008[edit]

In his bid for re-election in 2008, Arcuri faced a closer-than-expected challenge from businessman Richard L. Hanna but prevailed. Arcuri won 52 percent of the votes to Hanna’s 48 percent

2010[edit]

In a rematch of the election two years prior, Arcuri faced off again against Hanna but lost to the Republican as the GOP made gains across the country. Republican Richard Hanna beat incumbent Mike Arcuri 101,599 to 85,624, according to figures from the state Board of Elections.

Personal life[edit]

Arcuri has two children from his first marriage with Barbara Arcuri, Carmen and Dominique. They divorced in 2002. He married his second wife, the former Sabrina Deon, in August 2007.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://industrialappeals.ny.gov/directory.php Board Directory, New York Board of Industrial Appeals
  2. ^ Voteview, 110th House Rank Orderings, http://www.voteview.com/hou110.htm.
  3. ^ "Pro-Longeretta ad invoked Duke Lacrosse rape case". uticaod.com, The Observer-Dispatch. October 14, 2007. Retrieved March 28, 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Former Arcuri consultant a possible witness in Spitzer scandal". WKTV.com, News Channel 2. June 27, 2008. Archived from the original on June 27, 2008. Retrieved March 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ "NYS Independence Party rebukes Arcuri's claim of being "Independent"". WKTV.com, News Channel 2. October 6, 2008. Archived from the original on December 4, 2008. Retrieved March 28, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Arcuri firms earn revenue from state". uticaod.com, The Observer-Dispatch. October 20, 2008. Retrieved March 28, 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ LaDucca, Rocco. "Stiff sentence sought for teen's convicted killer". uticaod.com. Gatehouse Media. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Election 2006". CNN. 

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Sherwood Boehlert
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 24th congressional district

2007–2011
Succeeded by
Richard L. Hanna