- Andrew Lanza
Infobox State Senator
name= Andrew Lanza
state_senate= New York
January 1, 2007
birth_date= birth date and age|1964|03|12
birth_place= Brooklyn, New York
alma_mater =St. John's University,
Fordham University School of Law
spouse= Marcele Lanza
Andrew Joseph Lanza (born
March 12 1964) is an American lawyer and politician and is currently serving as a member of the New York State Senate, representing the 24th District which encompasses most of Staten Island. Lanza was elected State Senator in the November 2006 election. He is a former member of the New York City Council.
Lanza attended P.S. 32 as a child, as well as I.S. 24, both in
Great Kills, Staten Island. He is a 1982 graduate of Monsignor Farrell High Schoolin Oakwood. He is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctordegree and St. John's University, where he received a B.S. in Accounting. He is admitted for the practice of law to the Bars of New York, New Jersey, SDNY and DNJ.
Work on Wall Street and in the Manhattan D.A.'s Office
Just prior to his entry into politics, Lanza was associated with Mercury Securities LLC, a
Wall Street software developmentand stock tradingfirm, where he was a Managing Member and General Counsel Partner.
He also served as an
Assistant District Attorneyin the Manhattan District Attorney's Office as a prosecutorof street crimes, felonycases, New York StateWelfare Fraudand procedural and constitutional issues.
Lanza received his corporate legal training with
KPMG Peat Marwickas a Senior Auditor where he was in charge of auditing public and private firms, banks, importers and hospitals.
Election to the New York City Council
Running as a Republican, Lanza was first elected to the
New York City Councilin 2001 and re-elected for a second term in 2003 to the 51st Council District on the South Shore of Staten Island, representing over 150,000 constituents. He was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2005 as well.
Out of 51 councilmembers, he was just one of three Republicans.
At the City Council he sat on the
EducationCommittee, Land UseCommittee, Sanitationand Solid WasteCommittee, Standardsand EthicsCommittee, Environmental and TransportationCommittee, as well as the sub-committee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions.
Election to the New York State Senate
Lanza was elected to the New York State Senate on
November 7, 2006and took office on January 1, 2007. He fills the seat vacated by Senator John J. Marchi, who retired after 50 years of service in the State Senate. He has been named the Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee and Chairman of the Senate Civil Service and Pensions Committee. He also serves on the Aging Committee, the Cities Committee, the Codes Committee, the Education Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee.
Lanza lives in Great Kills with his wife and three children. Lanza is a childhood friend of United States Congressman
Vito Fossellaof Staten Island. The two campaigned together in 2006 for Lanza's election to the State Senate and Fossella's re-election campaign to Congress. Despite the fact that his wife and daughter had recently been hit by an alleged drunk driver, Lanza supported Fossella as he dealt with his drunk driving scandal, [http://www.ny1.com/ny1/content/index.jsp?stid=11&aid=81157] stating that "no one is a better leader than Fossella." [http://wcbstv.com/local/vito.fossella.dwi.2.714172.html]
List of New York State Senators
* [http://www.nyssenate24.com/24/default.aspx/ New York State Senate Member Site]
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