Clyde Vanel

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Clyde Vanel
Member of the New York Assembly from the 33rd District
Assumed office
December 8, 2016
Preceded byBarbara M. Clark
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materFarmingdale State College B.S.
Boston University J.D.
WebsiteOfficial website

Clyde Vanel is the Assembly member for the 33rd District of the New York State Assembly. He is a Democrat. He is the Chair of the Subcommittee on Internet & New Technologies. The district includes Cambria Heights, St. Albans, Hollis, Queens Village, Bellerose and parts of Floral Park in Queens.

Life and career[edit]

Vanel was born in Queens and raised in Cambria Heights, Queens along with nine siblings. He went on to earn an Associates in Aerospace Technology and a bachelor's degree in Aviation Administration from Farmingdale State College. He served as the Student Government President at Farmingdale State College. He later earned his law degree from Boston University where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Science & Technology Law.

Vanel would subsequently work as an intellectual property attorney for the-then largest intellectual property law firm in the country, Fish & Neave, which was acquired by Ropes & Gray, LLP. He currently practices business law, intellectual property and trademark law at The Vanel Law Firm.

Vanel is also an entrepreneur and small business owner. Vanel was the owner of Vanel's on First, a restaurant and bar in Lower Manhattan from 2005-2011. Vanel is an inventor business owner. He founded a company that manufactures and sells Clean Bee shirt collar protectors online and on Amazon. He is also a technology and internet entrepreneur; he owns and operates the trademark service website- TrademarkReady.com.

Vanel was featured in Money Magazine,[1] Black Enterprise Magazine[2] and New York Times.[3]

He is an aircraft owner, private pilot and the founder of the New York Metro chapter of the Black Pilots of America.

Prior to running for office himself, Vanel served as the Chief of Staff for New York State Senator James Sanders Jr.

New York State Assembly[edit]

Vanel's first run for public office was in 2009, when he ran for the New York City Council against incumbent Councilmember Leroy Comrie in the Democratic primary. He would lose, 62% to 38%.

He then ran for New York State Assembly twice. He ran for the New York Assembly in 2010 against Barbara M. Clark, again in the Democratic primary. He again lost, 63% to 37%. He lost to Clark again in 2012, 64% to 36%. In 2013, he again ran for the City Council, this time in an open seat to succeed Comrie. He lost the Democratic primary to Daneek Miller, coming in a close second in a six-way race.[4]

In 2016, incumbent Assemblywoman Barbara M. Clark died. Vanel entered the race to succeed her and won a five-way Democratic primary with 32% of the vote, and would easily go on to win the general election.[5] He was seated to finish the remainder of Clark's term on December 8, 2016.

Vanel is the Chair of the Subcommittee on Internet & New Technology. He introduced and sponsored a number of Bills relating blockchain technology,[6] cryptocurrency, Internet sales tax, online data[7], artificial intelligence[8], space exploration[9], sports betting[10], online poker[11] and aviation. Vanel's Digital Currency Study Law is the nation's first such law that creates a task force of stakeholders that will study cryptocurrency and blockchain technology in New York State, the nation and globally to provide the lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo with a report by December 2020 on the proper regulatory regime and definitions for the industry.[12]

Assemblymember Vanel serves on the following committees: Banking; Children and Families; Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry; Corporations and Authorities; Racing and Wagering and Small Business.

Clyde's Corner YouTube Series

Vanel produces a YouTube video series Clyde’s Corner that highlights business, technology and other matters- Buying Pizza with Bitcoin, Bitcoin ATM in the Neighborhood, Where the Cashiers At, The Blind Working Manufacturing Jobs, Use Ideas to Build Wealth, Floyd Mayweather on Business, Artificial Intelligence Regulation, Blockchain Technology Explained Through Game of Thrones and Political Titans.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 30 Days As Told by Ellen McGirt, Money Magazine, April 1, 2004.
  2. ^ Invest In Yourself, By Nicole Lewis, Black Enterprise Magazine, August 1, 2005.
  3. ^ Running on Obama Fuel, Upstart Takes On Old Guard in Queens, By Anne Barnard, New York Times, Sept. 11, 2009.
  4. ^ "Our Campaigns - Candidate - Clyde Vanel". Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  5. ^ "Vanel wins race to fill Assembly seat long held by Barbara Clark • TimesLedger". Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  6. ^ NY Assemblyman Files Four Blockchain Bills, by Joshua Althauser, Coindesk, December 4, 2017.
  7. ^ Vanel Introduces Data Disclosure Bill, By Annie McDonough, City and State, May 20, 2019.
  8. ^ Artificial Intelligence Panel Proposed to Oversee NY's High Tech Future, by Michael Gormley, New York Newsday, May 30, 2019.
  9. ^ Legislator Sees Stars and Planets in State's Future, by Bill Mahoney, Politico, February 16, 2018.
  10. ^ New York Assembly Member On Sports Betting: We Won't Be Left Out, by Brett Smiley, Sports Handle, April 16, 2018.
  11. ^ Can NY Finally Thread the Needle on Online Poker, By Matthew Kredell, Online Poker Report, April 10, 2018.
  12. ^ New York Forms Blockchain Study Taskforce, by Nikhilesh De, Coindesk, January 2, 2019.

Emboldened By '08 Race to Roil Waters at Home, by Anne Barnard, New York Times, Sept. 3, 2009.

An Upstart Campaign in Queens Falls Short, Anne Barnard, New York Times, Sept. 16, 2009.

New York commission will study impact of AI, robotics on workforce, Liz Young, Albany Business Review, Jul 24, 2019.

The State Legislature is waking up to the importance of Tech, Annie McDonough, City and State, January 9, 2019.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Barbara M. Clark
New York Assembly, 33rd District
2016–present
Incumbent