Karl A. Brabenec

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Karl Brabenec
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 98th district
Assumed office
December 14, 2014 [1]
Preceded byAnnie Rabbitt
Town of Deerpark Supervisor
In office
January 1, 2010 – December 14, 2014
Preceded byGary W. Flieger
Succeeded byGary Spears
Town of Deerpark Councilman
In office
January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2009
Preceded byEdward Chuckran
Succeeded byDavid Dean
Personal details
Born (1979-07-12) July 12, 1979 (age 40) [2]
Manhasset, New York
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jessica Ebbecke (2005–2009)
ResidenceWestbrookville, New York
Alma materMount Saint Mary College (B.A.)
John Jay College of Criminal Justice (M.P.A.)
WebsiteCampaign Website
Assembly Website

Karl A. Brabenec (born July 12, 1979) is the New York State Assemblyman from the 98th District. A Republican, he has served in the Assembly since 2014, when he won a special election.[3] Under New York's ballot fusion law, he has also run on the ballot line "Tax Cuts Now."[4] The 98th District contains portions of Orange and Rockland Counties in the Hudson Valley.

Consideration to run for NY State Senate[edit]

On April 27, 2018, Brabenec confirmed he was considering running to replace retiring New York State Senator John Bonacic in the November 2018 election.[5][6] The race was expected to be one of the most competitive in New York State and could easily determine whether Republicans maintained their slim majority in the New York State Senate.[7][8][9]. After careful consideration, Brabenec opted to continue his campaign for re-election to the 98th Assembly District for a third term. He won the general election on November 6, 2018.[10]

Personal life, education and career[edit]

Brabenec was born in Manhasset, New York and lived in Bayside, Queens[11] before moving with his family to Slate Hill, New York when he was 8 years old.[12] He went to Minisink Valley High School, and graduated from Mount Saint Mary College in 2000.[13] In 2005, he received his Masters of Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. His father, Rainer K. Brabenec, was a police officer with the New York City Police Department; Brabenec's mother, Emilie (Popule) Brabenec, was a police dispatcher, also with the NYPD. Both of Brabenec's parents are Czechoslovak refugees from the former Sudetenland who fled from Soviet communist oppression in the late 1940s.[14]

Brabenec served as a staff assistant to Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana in the early 2000s.

In early 2007, Brabenec was appointed by the Deerpark Town Board to serve as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals. Later that year in November, he was elected to serve as a Deerpark Town Councilman.

In 2009, with the town facing fiscal difficulties brought on by previous administrations, Brabenec announced he would run for town supervisor and recruited a team of individuals with legal and business expertise to run for town board positions. All of those candidates, including Brabenec, were elected that November.

From 2010 to 2014, Brabenec served as Town Supervisor for the Town of Deerpark.[15] He became an assistant professor at SUNY Orange in 2010. He is also a former Director/Ambassador for the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce.[15]

Brabenec resides in Deerpark, New York and has two children with his ex-wife, Jessica Ebbecke, to whom he was married from 2005-2009.

New York State Assembly[edit]

Brabenec takes the oath of office.

Brabenec was chosen in a special election held November 2014 to fill the remaining term of Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt, who had resigned to become Orange County Clerk. Brabenec was concurrently elected to serve a full two-year term starting January 2015.[16] He won re-election to a second term in 2016 with 59% of the vote [17] and to a third term in 2018 with 63% of the vote.[18]

Brabenec currently serves as the Ranking Minority Member of the Labor Committee, and is a member of the committees on Aging, Cities, Election Law and Local Government.[19]

On January 1, 2019, Brabenec was appointed Assistant Minority Whip (politics), a leadership position within the Assembly Republican Minority Conference, by Minority Leader Brian Kolb. [20]

Community organizations[edit]

Brabenec's community involvement includes being a former member of the Board of Directors for the Regional Economic Community Action Program, Inc., an associate member of the Orange County Shields, member of the Greenwood Lake Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge #2067, Association of the United States Army, Town of Deerpark Lion's Club, National Rifle Association, the Sons of the American Legion - Monroe Post #488, and the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association.[21] He is also an honorary Major with the United States Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol.


  • 2010 Rising Star, Orange County Chamber of Commerce [15]
  • 2015 Rising Star, New York State Republican Committee [15]


  1. ^ "Brabenec sworn in after election battle - News - recordonline.com - Middletown, NY". recordonline.com. 2014-12-15. Retrieved 2016-08-08.
  2. ^ "Karl Brabenec's Biography - The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved 2016-08-08.
  3. ^ Akiko Matsuda, amatsuda@lohud.com (2014-12-15). "Brabenec takes Assembly District 98". Lohud.com. Retrieved 2016-08-08.
  4. ^ Robert Brum, rbrum@lohud.com (2016-10-24). "Wieder challenges Brabenec for Assembly seat". The Journal News. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  5. ^ "Brabenec Eyes Bonancic Seat". www.nystateofpolitics.com. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
  6. ^ "Karl Brabenec". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
  7. ^ "Jon Campbell on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
  8. ^ Adler, Ben (2018-04-27). "Retiring state senators a threat to Republican majority". CSNY. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
  9. ^ Chris, McKenna. "Bonacic won't seek re-election to Senate".
  10. ^ "Election results | Warwick Greenwood Lake NY | Local News". November 7, 2018. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  11. ^ "Conservative Karl Brabenec Takes Lead | The Rockland County Times". Rocklandtimes.com. Retrieved 2016-08-08.
  12. ^ "Karl A Brabenec, ~37 from Westbrookville, New York. Public profile, contact information, references, people's reviews & opinions at Radaris". Radaris.com. Retrieved 2016-08-08.
  13. ^ "From business to medicine and more, a Mount education opens doors to careers". MSMC News. 2012-01-07. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
  14. ^ "Assembly Republicans welcome new members". Legislative Gazette. 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
  15. ^ a b c d "Karl Brabenec's Biography - The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved 2016-08-08.
  16. ^ "Brabenec wins 98th District race by 38 votes". Times Herald-Record. 2014-12-11. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
  17. ^ "Rockland: Assembly, Senate incumbents win". lohud.com. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
  18. ^ "Election results | Warwick Greenwood Lake NY | Local News". November 7, 2018. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  19. ^ "New York State Assembly | Karl Brabenec". Assembly.state.ny.us. Retrieved 2016-08-08.
  20. ^ {{cite web|url=https://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2018/December/24/Brabanec_min_whip-24Dec18.html
  21. ^ "Karl Brabenec's Biography - The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved 2016-08-08.
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Ann Rabbitt
New York State Assembly, 98th District
December 14, 2014 – Present