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During his seven years as a member of the New York City Council, and his two terms as a State Senator, Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. has carried on the public service tradition of his father, Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo, Sr., who served thirteen terms in the United States House of Representatives.Elected to the New York State Senate in 2008, Joe Addabbo represents the 15th District in the New York State Senate, which encompasses many Queens neighborhoods, including Forest Hills Gardens, Glendale, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Maspeth, Middle Village, Hamilton Beach, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, and parts of Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Ozone Park, Rego Park, Richmond Hill, the Rockaways, South Ozone Park, Sunnyside, and Woodside.

Joe has spent his four years in the Senate working on local issues that are important to families in Queens. His efforts to protect small businesses and prevent corporate outsourcing created job opportunities, and his support for public schools brought progress and equality to the education system. Joe has also worked to reform health care, provide better services for seniors, and reduce crime, while maintaining his relationship with the people he represents.  His support is best seen in the legislation he sponsored, which includes:

  • S 3254, which enacted the “public schools emergency alert act.”
  • S 4766, which increased the real property tax exemption for Cold War veterans.
  • S 7500, which enacts the “State Workforce Injury Reduction Act.”

As the head of the Elections Committee, Joe pushed for sweeping reforms in Albany and worked to lessen the influence of money in elections. In 2011, Joe successfully fought off the proposed mid-year budget cuts to the public education system. He also sponsored a bill introducing the Gold Alert system, an alert mechanism designed to protect seniors and other vulnerable citizens. He supported the Green Jobs/Green New York law, which boosted the green energy industry and created jobs. Joe is also a member of the following Senate committees: Racing, Gaming and Wagering; Aging; Education; Transportation; Labor; Civil Service and Pensions; Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs.

Prior to his election to state senate, Joe represented the 32nd district on the New York City Council for seven years. During that time, Joe and his staff assisted their constituents by resolving issues related to housing, health, transportation, taxes, and public safety, among other quality of life concerns. Joe raised millions of dollars to finance improvements in infrastructure and opposed increased transportation costs. He helped establish an efficient system in the workplace for employees to join or assist labor organizations, and supported measures to rebuild the economy following the recession. And Joe stood up for senior citizens, veterans and those with disabilities, ensuring they received the medical care they deserved.

Joe is a seven-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 and Knights of Columbus. He is former president of the Ozone Tudor Civic Association and has held the position of Executive Secretary of Community Board 10Q.

Senator Addabbo is a dedicated family man who enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Dawn, and his two daughters, Alexis and Arianna.

The many honors Senator Addabbo has received include public service salutations from the American Red Cross; Woodhaven Development Corporation; New York City Department of Parks and Recreation; Columbia Association; Rockaway Park Residents/Homeowners; Kid’s Day American International; the Civil Services Merit Council; Fuchsberg Law Center of Touro College; Lynvet Youth Sports Association; P. S. 32Q; JHS 210Q; Ozone Tudor Civic Association; New York 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, Ozone Park.