Elected to the New York State Senate in 2008 after serving seven years in the New York City Council, State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. continues to proudly carry on the public service tradition of his father, Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo, Sr., who served 13 terms in the United States House of Representatives from 1960 to 1986. A lifelong resident of Ozone Park, Queens, Senator Joe Addabbo represents the 15th Senatorial District encompassing the communities – in whole or in part – of Broad Channel, Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Glendale, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Kew Gardens, Kew Gardens Hills, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ozone Park, Rego Park, Richmond Hill, Ridgewood, South Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Woodside and the Rockaways.
In the State Senate, Joe has continued to make constituent service a priority, just as he did as a representative of the 32nd New York City Council District, where he secured millions of dollars for infrastructure improvements, school technology, and senior and youth services. Through his Senate offices, Joe and his staff have assisted thousands of constituents with problems involving housing, health, transportation, taxes, public safety and many other issues, including efforts to aid local residents whose lives were so deeply affected by Superstorm Sandy in late October of 2012. As a member of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy, Joe has worked to help his community recover and rebuild from the devastating storm. As a member of the Senate, Joe is deeply concerned with the welfare of New Yorkers in all stages and walks of life. His legislative record, which includes bills he has introduced and supported, reflects Joe’s commitment to fighting on behalf of children, the elderly, families, working people, consumers and veterans. He has also devoted himself to efforts to protect the environment, create new jobs and economic opportunities for small businesses, provide tax relief and improve transparency and accountability in New York’s government. As a State Senator, Joe is well known for organizing and sponsoring dozens of community events for his constituents each year, including job fairs for local residents and veterans, comprehensive recycling events, informational sessions for seniors and consumers, health screenings, Metrocard van visits and many other free programs. In addition to other legislative responsibilities, Joe serves as the leading Democratic member of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs; the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering, and as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries. As a past Chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, Joe worked to pass ethics reforms and led the fight to force large corporations to disclose information about money they spend to influence the outcome of elections. Joe also is a member of the Senate Committees on Education, Aging, Civil Service, Labor, and Judiciary. He has also served as the representative of the Senate Democratic Conference in state budget negotiations on education funding and policy.
Joe has proven himself in the political and civic world. He is a multi-term New York State Democratic Committee member and a ranking member of the South Queens Regular Democratic Club. His community service can be seen in his work on behalf of the Ozone Park Kiwanis, as the former president of the Ozone Tudor Civic Association, and his past tenure as Executive Secretary of Community Board #10Q. Born in 1964, the youngest child of Joseph and Grace Addabbo, Joe attended Nativity BVM School in Ozone Park (Class of 1978), Archbishop Molloy High School (Class of 1982), and St. John’s University (Class of 1986), before graduating from Touro Law School (Class of 1992.) Prior to his election to the City Council in 2001, Joe practiced law for 10 years at Addabbo and Greenberg with partners Dominic Addabbo and Todd Greenberg. Throughout the years, Joe has been honored by many organizations for his public service contributions, including: the American Red Cross, Woodhaven Development Corporation, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Rockaway Park Residents/Homeowners, Kid’s Day American International, Civil Services Merit Council, Fuchsberg Law Center of Touro College, Lynvet Youth Sports Association, P.S. 32Q, JHS 210Q, Ozone Tudor Civic Association, NY Families for Autistic Children, Howard Beach Judea Center, John Adams High School, Queens Chapter of the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, Lindenwood Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and St. Mary’s Gate of Heaven School. Senator Addabbo is a dedicated family man who enjoys spending time with his wife, Dawn, and two daughters, Alexis and Arianna.