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Joseph Addabbo Jr.
Addabbo Jr. in 2008
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 15th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2009
Preceded by Serphin Maltese
Member of the New York City Council
from the 32nd district
In office
January 1, 2002 – December 31, 2008
Preceded by Alfonso C. Stabile
Succeeded by Eric Ulrich
Personal details
Joseph Patrick Addabbo Jr.

(1964-05-13) May 13, 1964 (age 60)
Political party Democratic
Residence Ozone Park, Queens
Alma mater St. John's University
Touro Law School
Profession Lawyer, Politician
Website Official Website

Joseph Patrick Addabbo Jr. (born May 13, 1964) is an American politician, a Democratic member of the New York State Senate from the 15th district representing Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Glendale, Middle Village, Maspeth and parts of South Ozone Park, Ridgewood, Woodside and The Rockaways.

Life and career

Addabbo was born in 1964, the youngest child of Congressman Joseph Patrick Addabbo, Sr., and Grace Addabbo. He attended Nativity BVM School in Ozone Park and Archbishop Molloy High School, graduating in 1982. He later received degrees from St. John's University (1986) and Touro Law School. His father, Joseph P. Addabbo Sr., served 13 terms in the United States House of Representatives. [1]

Addabbo practiced law for ten years at Addabbo and Greenberg before being elected to the 32nd district of the New York City Council in 2001. He was re-elected three times and served as a council member for eight years. Addabbo and his wife, Dawn, have two daughters, Alexis and Arianna.

Addabbo is a resident of the Tudor Village section of Ozone Park. [2]

New York Senate

By 2008, Republican state Senator Serphin R. Maltese had served the southern Queens district for ten terms, despite the district leaning Democratic. Facing term limits in the Council in 2009, Addabbo decided to challenge Maltese. In a good year for Democrats, Addabbo defeated Maltese 57% to 43%. [3] While the district is more competitive than others in Queens, Addabbo has never won re-election by less than ten points, beating Councilman Anthony Como in 2010, Councilman Eric Ulrich in 2012, and Republican Michael Conigliaro in 2014. He did not face serious challenges in 2016 or 2018.

On June 24, 2011, Addabbo supported gay marriage by voting for the "Marriage Equality Enactment" Bill# A-8354, which successfully passed in the Senate. [4] This vote was a change in position, as Addabbo had been one of a handful of Democratic votes against marriage equality that defeated a similar bill in 2009. [5]

In the Senate, Addabbo serves as the Chair of the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee. [6]

See also


  1. ^ Official Biography from New York State Senate website Archived 2009-04-01 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Shaman, Diana. "If You're Thinking of Living In/Ozone Park; Changing Faces, Enduring Values", The New York Times, October 5, 2003. Accessed October 19, 2007. "At the foot of the tree-shaded enclave, which stretches from North Conduit Avenue to Pitkin Avenue and from 81st to 87th Streets, lies the 2.8-acre (11,000 m2) Joseph P. Addabbo Park, named after Senator Addabbo, a lifelong resident of Ozone Park who served in Congress from 1960 until his death in 1986. His son, the city councilman, lives in Tudor Village."
  3. ^ "Our Campaigns - NY State Senate 15 Race - Nov 04, 2008". Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  4. ^ Joseph Addabbo Jr.'s Voting Records on Issue: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity - Project Vote Smart
  5. ^ "Same-Sex Marriage Bill REJECTED in New York State Senate". Archived from the original on 2019-07-19. Retrieved 2019-08-24.
  6. ^ "With Large Shoes To Fill, Sen. Addabbo Pushes For Sports Betting". SportsHandle. 2019-01-30. Retrieved 2019-01-30.

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Preceded by Member of the New York City Council
from the 32nd district

Succeeded by
Preceded by Chairman of the Senate Committee on Elections
Succeeded by
New York State Senate
Preceded by Member of the New York State Senate
from the 15th district