David DiPietro

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David J. DiPietro
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 147th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2013
Preceded byDaniel J. Burling
Mayor of East Aurora
In office
2002–2008
Preceded byJohn V. Pagliaccio
Succeeded byClark Crook
Personal details
Born (1960-06-22) June 22, 1960 (age 59)
Buffalo, New York
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
Other political
affiliations
Conservative, Tea Party
Spouse(s)Theresa M. née Pimpo
Children3
ResidenceEast Aurora, New York
Alma materWittenberg University
OccupationPolitician

David J. DiPietro (born June 22, 1960) is a Republican member of the New York State Assembly representing Assembly District 147, which comprises the southern halves of Erie County, New York and Wyoming County, New York.

Early life and career[edit]

DiPietro was born in Buffalo, New York. His parents moved the family to the Village of East Aurora where he subsequently attended Immaculate Conception Elementary and East Aurora High School. He earned a degree in Business Administration from Wittenberg University in 1985.

DiPietro began his career at M&T Bank in Buffalo but left after a few years to work as a consultant to small businesses. In 1991 he assumed control of his parents' dry cleaning business in Amherst, New York.

Political career[edit]

He was elected a trustee of the Village of East Aurora in 1999 and mayor in 2002. After serving as mayor for six years, he set his sights on higher office, running in the Republican primary for the 59th New York State Senate District against incumbent Dale Volker in 2008[2] and challenger Patrick Gallivan in 2010.[3] He ran unsuccessfully as the Tea Party candidate in the 2010 general election for the senate seat.

In 2012, he won a seat in the New York State Assembly. In 2013, he introduced legislation to repeal the NY SAFE Act.[4]

Assemblyman David DiPietro has demonstrated a conservative stance that favors far-right, anti-consumer philosophies. He voted against proposed medical marijuana legislation, the Compassionate Care Act (Bill A6357), and motions dated June 3, 2013 (94-41) and May 27, 2014 (94-63). DiPietro was one of 13 nay votes when the bill passed on June 20, 2014 (117-13).[5] He voted against emergency access to medical marijuana (Bill A07060) on June 9, 2015; the bill passed, 130-18.[6] However, DiPietro voted for adding opioid-use disorder (addiction) to the list of conditions treatable by medical marijuana (Bill A09016) on June 6, 2018 (108-28).[7]

DiPietro voted against key votes related to policies concerning affirmative action, paid family leave, increasing the minimum wage and prohibiting workplace discrimination based on reproductive health decisions.[8] He voted against state-funded projects addressing climate change [9] and a three-year prohibition of hydraulic fracturing.[10] DiPietro has been described as a politician who "can be counted on to defend the principles of a free society: Life, Liberty, and Property" through "the wisdom of our Founding Fathers."[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography". New York State Assembly member web page. Albany, New York. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
  2. ^ "DiPietro takes aim at Volker's state Senate seat again in the Primary". Orchard Park Bee. Orchard Park, New York. 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2013-04-26. DiPietro ran unsuccessfully against 30-plus-year incumbent Dale Volker in the 2008 Republican primary
  3. ^ "Paladino scores a 'do over' for DiPietro". The Buffalo News. Buffalo, New York. 2012-03-31. Archived from the original on 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-04-26. Stories still abound from Carl P. Paladino's unsuccessful campaign for governor in 2010 regarding his endorsement of former Erie County Republican Chairman James P. Domagalski for State Senate. Domagalski was locked in a tough, three-way GOP primary for the seat of retiring Sen. Dale M. Volker. Former Sheriff Patrick Gallivan (the eventual winner) had entered the race, as had former East Aurora Mayor David J. DiPietro.
  4. ^ "DiPietro starting effort to repeal new gun law". Livingston County News. Geneseo, New York. 2013-04-26. Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2013-04-26. DiPietro, R-East Aurora, is sponsoring a bill which would repeal the NY SAFE Act, effective immediately.
  5. ^ "A06357 Summary". New York State Assembly. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  6. ^ "A07060 Summary". New York State Assembly. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  7. ^ Summary "The Voter's Self Defense System" Check |url= value (help). Vote Smart. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  8. ^ "David DiPietro's Voting Records". Vote Smart. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  9. ^ "S 6617B - Requires State-Funded Projects to Consider Climate Change Effects - Key Vote". Vote Smart. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  10. ^ "A 5424B - Prohibits Hydraulic Fracturing for 3 Years - Key Vote". Vote Smart. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  11. ^ "Dipietro honored by National Conservative Group". The Daily News. Genessee, Wyoming and Orleans Counties, New York. March 4, 2016. Retrieved February 8, 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John V. Pagliaccio
East Aurora, New York Mayor
April 2002 – March 2008
Succeeded by
Clark W. Crook
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Daniel J. Burling
New York State Assembly, 147th District
January 1, 2013 – present
Incumbent