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Domenic M. Recchia, Jr.

Domenic M. Recchia, Jr. is the City Council Member for the 47th District, which comprises Coney Island, Bensonhurst, Brighton Beach and Gravesend. He is the chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Finance.

Councilman Recchia was born in Gravesend and graduated from local public schools – PS 215, David A. Boody Intermediate School, and John Dewey High School. He furthered his education at Kent State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, before getting his juris doctor from Atlanta Law School.

After graduation, Councilman Recchia returned to Brooklyn, and in 1989 took the first step toward fulfilling his passion for public service when he was elected to Community School Board 21. He served first as a member, then vice-president and finally, president. He also previously served as a member of Community Board 13.

He has remained a passionate advocate for education, and constantly fights for increased funding and support for the classroom.

In 2009, the City Council overwhelmingly passed the rezoning of Coney Island. After years of negotiations, Councilman Recchia successfully guided the plan to completion, winning major victories for the community – including year-round jobs and affordable housing – while at the same time protecting amusements and retaining the spirit of what makes Coney Island an iconic entertainment destination.

As chairman of the Cultural Affairs Committee, Councilman Recchia worked to ensure that New York City remained the hub of world culture. In that position he created the Cultural After School Adventure program, in conjunction with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Department of Youth and Community Development, to encourage the city’s youth to explore their artistic interests and talents.

Councilman Recchia was instrumental in getting relatives of Imette St. Guillen and their lawyer together with Speaker Quinn and other officials to draft legislation that would mandates security guards at bars and clubs meet state requirements for certification and training, and undergo criminal background checks. The bill was signed into law in 2006.

He also sponsored a bill, signed into law in 2009, which requires large commercial buildings to upgrade their lighting fixtures by 2025. Upgrading to more efficient lighting will mean huge savings in energy costs, as well as create 17,800 jobs. The bill also requires sub-metering for large business tenants in commercial buildings, to provide tenants with specific information about their energy use, and allow them to make smarter decisions about conservation.

In 2010, Councilman Recchia was appointed chair the Finance Committee.

He previously chaired Cultural Affairs, as well as Small Business Services, and has been a member of the committees on Education, Environmental Protection, Public Safety, Aging and Governmental Operations. He is currently a member of Cultural Affairs, Governmental Operations, Education, Civil Service & Labor and State & Federal Legislation.

Councilman Recchia lives in Gravesend with his wife, Kim, and their three daughters, Brianna, Daniella and Juliana.

For more information on Councilman Recchia and events in his district, visit his blog at www.drecchia.com.

(From the New York City Council website)

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