BioSenator Andrew J. Lanza was elected to represent Staten Island’s 24th New York State Senate District on November 7, 2006. As a former New York City Council member, prosecutor, accountant and business owner, Senator Lanza brings extensive public and private experience to the Senate.
Senator Lanza earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from St. John’s University. In 1992, he received a Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law.
Senator Lanza and his wife Marcele, a NYC Public School Teacher, have three children, Olivia, Abigail and Andrew Jack. They reside in the town of Great Kills.
During his tenure in the City Council, Lanza established himself as one of Staten Island’s most effective leaders, standing up for the best interests of the people of Staten Island. He has led the fight against overdevelopment by authoring and enacting tough and comprehensive zoning laws which will prevent overly dense and out of character construction. These new laws, the most sweeping in decades, will help to preserve Staten Island’s small town suburban character, which make it such an attractive place to live and raise a family.
Lanza has successfully championed for improvements to Staten Island’s schools, parks and open spaces. He secured millions of dollars for new classrooms, computer and science labs, books, playgrounds and school safety improvements. Lanza also scored victories by saving many acres of open space and delivering tens of millions of dollars for new active and passive recreational parks. These include the first city soccer, baseball, and softball fields ever for Staten Island’s south shore.
Understanding the importance of keeping Staten Island safe against crime, and supporting the valiant efforts of our Police Officers, Senator Lanza secured a key agreement from Mayor Bloomberg to open a new Police precinct on Staten Island. Mr. Lanza was also instrumental in opening the new firehouse in Rossville because he knows that lowering response times will better ensure the safety of our firefighters and citizens.
Senator Lanza called for the establishment of the Mayoral Traffic and Transportation Task Force. He serves on the task force in order to address Staten Island’s long standing traffic problems and to obtain our fair share when it comes to public transportation. Senator Lanza has also been appointed to the Senate Task Force on Port Security.
In 2008, Senator Lanza served as Chairman of the Senate Civil Service and Pensions Committee as well as Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee and Co-Chair of the Legislative Ethics Commission. He helped author and pass historic ethics reforms that will ensure greater government accountability and help to maintain the public trust which is so essential to effective governing. Senator Lanza is currently the Ranking Member of the Senate Civil Service and Pensions Committee, and a member of the Senate Committees on Transportation; Codes; Cities; Ethics; and Judiciary.
Senator Lanza has brought the fight to reduce the high property taxes which hurt families, seniors and businesses on Staten Island to the Senate. Because higher taxes force families and jobs to leave Staten Island, Lanza voted against the historic tax hikes in the City Council. He also introduced legislation there to repeal the entire tax increase. Senator Lanza is continuing that fight in Albany. He has sponsored tax relief legislation in the Senate and has opposed budget proposals which do not adequately reduce taxes for Staten Island residents.
Senator Lanza has also stood up to those who seek to cut desperately needed funds from Staten Island’s Hospitals and Nursing Homes. Our Health Care system is vital to the well being of the People of Staten Island, and Albany must assist, rather than oppose our efforts to improve it.
As a former Assistant District Attorney in the office of Robert Morgenthau, Senator Lanza remains tough on crime in the Senate. He has sponsored important legislation against sexual predators in order to keep our children and neighbors safe from their despicable acts. He has also pushed for new laws to throw the book at those heartless criminals who attack and victimize our Seniors. He continues to lead the fight to keep our neighborhoods safe.