Nicholas A. Spano

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Nicholas A. Spano
Member of the New York Senate
from the 35th district
In office
Preceded byJohn E. Flynn
Succeeded byAndrea Stewart-Cousins
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 87th, later the 83rd district
In office
Personal details
Born1953 (age 64–65)[1][2]
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceYonkers, New York
Alma materIona College
ProfessionPolitician, commercial real estate agent, lobbyist

Nicholas A. Spano (born 1953) is an American politician from New York.


Spano's paternal grandfather, also named Nicholas, emigrated with two brothers from the Italian province of Bari to the United States in 1918.[2] Spano's father Leonard ran for public office in 1967, employing his son Nicholas in door-to-door campaigning.[2] After losing in 1967, Leonard became a county legislator in 1971, an office he held until 1993 when he was elected to the job of Westchester county clerk.[2]

Nicholas Spano grew up in Yonkers as the oldest of 16 children of Leonard and Josephine Spano;[1] He is a graduate of St. Peter's Elementary School in Yonkers and Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. He and his wife Linda reside in Yonkers.[1] Spano has two children, Lenny and Christina.[1]

Spano entered politics as a Republican. He was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1979 to 1986, sitting in the 183rd, 184th, 185th and 186th New York State Legislatures.

He was a member of the New York State Senate from 1987 to 2008, sitting in the 187th, 188th, 189th, 190th, 191st, 192nd, 193rd, 194th, 195th and 196th New York State Legislatures.

He represented Yonkers and surrounding areas in the Legislature. During his state senate career he served on the Rules, Transportation, Finance, Education, Health, and Racing, Gaming, and Wagering committees, chaired the Senate Investigations Committee, as was the Senior Assistant Majority Leader.[citation needed]

In 2004, Spano won re-election by only 18 votes after facing a serious challenge by Westchester County Legislator Andrea Stewart-Cousins.[3] During his run for re-election in 2006, Stewart-Cousins ran against him again, this time with the support of Democrats Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Eliot Spitzer, David Paterson and Andrew Cuomo. This time, Spano lost;[3] he conceded defeat on November 16, 2006.

Spano subsequently become involved in commercial real estate[4][5] as well as lobbying state and local governments in New York through Empire Strategic Planning, a firm he established after his defeat.[6]

In 2012 Spano was indicted for federal income tax evasion. Spano pleaded guilty to a single felony count. He admitted that he underreported his income — $42,419 in federal income taxes and $10,605 in state taxes — from 2000 to 2008. He was sentenced to a year and a day in jail.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d Elsa Brenner (June 17, 2007). "Working Under a New Title, but Using the Same Albany Charm". The New York Times. Retrieved March 20, 2011. Mr. Spano, 54
  2. ^ a b c d Joseph Berger (April 26, 1996). "When County Politics Is a Family Business;Westchester Feels the Spanos' Presence". The New York Times. Retrieved August 1, 2011. Nicholas, now 42, and Michael, 32, were both Republican district leaders in Yonkers at 18. Nicholas won his bid for the Assembly at 25.
  3. ^ a b Danny Hakim (November 5, 2006). "Small Senate Battle, Big Names". Yonkers Professionals Network. Retrieved August 1, 2011. Former President Bill Clinton, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Eliot Spitzer, David Paterson and Andrew Cuomo all made their pitch for Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who lost by 18 votes to Senator Nicholas Spano in 2004.
  4. ^ Glenn Blain (April 25, 2007). "Introducing Nick Spano, real estate agent". Politics on the Hudson. Retrieved August 1, 2011. At a press conference in Yonkers this morning, Spano was introduced as the latest addition to Prudential Rand’s Commercial Services division. Spano, who received his real estate license a week ago, described his new job as an outgrowth of his work in the Senate.
  5. ^ Joseph Berger (April 2, 2010). "Yonkers campus sells for $14 million". Yonkers Professionals Network. Archived from the original on October 22, 2011. Retrieved August 1, 2011. Rand Commercial Services brokered the sale for both buyer and seller. Adler and Nicholas Spano, a Rand agent and former state senator from Yonkers, negotiated the sale.
  6. ^ "Executive Team". Empire Strategic Planning. Archived from the original on April 8, 2011. Retrieved August 1, 2011.
  7. ^ "Jail for Ex-Westchester Legislator in Tax Case". The New York Times. June 19, 2012.
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Thomas J. McInerney
New York State Assembly
87th District

Succeeded by
Peter M. Sullivan
Preceded by
George Friedman
New York State Assembly
83rd District

Succeeded by
Terence M. Zaleski
New York State Senate
Preceded by
John E. Flynn
New York State Senate
35th District

Succeeded by
Andrea Stewart-Cousins