Councilman James F. Gennaro '79, '82
In November 2009, Council Member James F. Gennaro ’79, ’82 was re-elected to a third term as the representative for the 24th Council District located in Queens.
Since taking office in January of 2002, Councilman Gennaro has established himself as one of the New York City Council's most thoughtful and effective legislators, bringing over twenty years of public service and city government experience to the job.
Gennaro has received numerous accolades for his work as Chairman of the Council's Committee on Environmental Protection, and has authored many of the Council's most progressive environmental bills. Gennaro has spearheaded efforts to cut the city's global warming pollution emissions, protect and restore Jamaica Bay, put more "clean air" vehicles on city streets, reduce pesticide use, make the city's electricity more reliable, clean, and affordable, protect the city's remaining natural areas, and promote "green buildings".
He has also led the fight against unjust increases in water and sewer rates.
In addition to his environmental work, Gennaro has authored legislation that protects consumers against unscrupulous bankruptcy counselors, and improves workplace health and safety conditions for City workers.
Gennaro has always been a relentless advocate for the 24th Council District. He has funded a major capital project in every public school in his district and delivered over a million dollars for computers and technology in 2006 alone. In addition, he has funded over 100 youth, senior and other community-based programs and initiatives. Most of all, he takes pride in being "one-stop shopping" for the thousands of constituents from every corner of the district who come to his office for help.
Before being elected to the Council, Gennaro served as a Senior Policy Advisor to former New York City Council Speaker Peter Vallone, Sr. and as an adjunct professor of political science and environmental public policy at Queens College. He also served as President of the Jamaica Estates Association and as a member of Queens Community Board 8.
Gennaro and his wife, Joanne, have two children, and live in Jamaica Estates.