Rory Lancman

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Rory Lancman
Rory I. Lancman.jpg
Member of the New York City Council from the 24th District
Assumed office
January 1, 2014
Preceded byJames F. Gennaro
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 25th District
In office
January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2012
Preceded byBrian McLaughlin
Succeeded byNily Rozic
Personal details
Born (1969-03-04) March 4, 1969 (age 50)
Queens, New York
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Morgan Lancman
Alma materQueens College (B.A.)
Columbia Law School (J.D.)
WebsiteOfficial website

Rory Lancman (born March 4, 1969) is the Council member for the 24th District of the New York City Council. He is a Democrat.

The district includes Briarwood, Cunningham Park, Flushing, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Fresh Meadows, Hollis, Holliswood, Jamaica, Jamaica Estates, Jamaica Hills, Kew Gardens, Kew Gardens Hills and Richmond Hill in Queens. Formerly, Lancman served as a New York State Assembly member, representing the 25th Assembly District in Queens from 2007 to 2013.

Early life and education[edit]

Lancman was born and raised in Queens and is a graduate of New York City Public School 164, Parsons Junior High School, and Hillcrest High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens College (City University of New York) in 1991 and a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School in 1995, to which he had transferred after a year at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Earlier career[edit]

Lancman served in the New York's 42nd Infantry Division.

Lancman served on Community Board 8[1] for over sixteen years, chairing first the Aging Committee and then the Youth & Education Committee. He ran unsuccessfully for the New York Senate in 2000, losing to Frank Padavan.

In September 2007, he was named one of City Hall's "40 under 40" for being a young influential member of New York City politics.[2] He was first elected to the State Assembly in 2006, and ran uncontested in the 2008 and 2010 general elections.[3][4]

In 2012, Lancman sought the Democratic nomination for New York's 6th congressional district. He faced New York City Council member Elizabeth Crowley and fellow Assembly member Grace Meng, and eventually lost to Meng. A large campaign war chest gave Lancman's campaign cause to believe they would emerge the victor, but Meng went on to take it with over 50% of the vote.[5]

New York City Council[edit]

On November 19, 2012, Lancman declared his run for the 24th City Council district, seeking to succeed James F. Gennaro in the 2013 election.[6] Lancman won a score of endorsements, including the Queens County Democratic Party, the Working Families Party, the United Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, SEIU 32BJ, and 1199 SEIU.[7] Lancman defeated two other candidates in the primary and went on to win the general election in November 2013.

Council Member Lancman became the chair of a newly created committee on the New York City Council called the Committee on Courts and Legal Services. Although both are liberal, Lancman has been critical of Mayor Bill de Blasio at times.[8]

Election history
Location Year Election Results
NY Senate
District 11
2000 General Frank Padavan (R) 61.54%
Rory Lancman (D) 37.76%
Paula Stadtmauer (Liberal) .71%
NY Assembly
District 25
2006 Democratic Primary √ Rory Lancman 76.34%
Morshed Alam 23.66%
NY Assembly
District 25
2006 General √ Rory Lancman (D) 79.65%
Morshed Alam (R) 20.35%
NY Assembly
District 25
2008 General √ Rory Lancman (D) Unopposed
NY Assembly
District 25
2010 General √ Rory Lancman (D) 99.72%
New York 6 2012 Democratic Primary Grace Meng 52.98%
Rory Lancman 25.33%
Elizabeth Crowley 16.46%
Robert Mittman 5.23%
NY Supreme Court
2013 General √ Maria Rosa (D) 22.88%
√ Gerald Loehr (D) 19.56%
√ Sandra Sciortino (D) 18.03%
John LaCava (R) 14.53%
Noreen Calderin (R) 13.60%
Carl Chu (R) 10.43%
Rory Lancman (Working Families) .95%
NYC Council
24th District
2013 Democratic Primary √ Rory Lancman 61.74%
Andrea Veras 21.24%
Mujib U. Rahman 17.02%
NYC Council
24th District
2013 General √ Rory Lancman (D) 73.68%
Alexander Blishteyn (R) 20.02%
Majib Rahman (I) 6.20%

Nily Rozic is the Democratic incumbent who succeeded Lancman as the Assemblymember for the 25th District.


  1. ^ "Lancman Biography".
  2. ^ Rising Stars 40 Under 40: Rory Lancman Archived 2014-02-01 at the Wayback Machine, City & State, September 17, 2007.
  3. ^ "Election Results 2008: New York State Legislature". The New York Times. 2008.
  4. ^ "Election Results 2010: New York State Legislature". The New York Times. 2010.
  5. ^ "A Breakthrough Candidate and Rising Star". The New York Times. 2012.
  6. ^ "Rory Lancman Launches Campaign for Jim Gennaro's Seat". Politicker. 2012.
  7. ^ "Rory Lancman Endorsements".
  8. ^ "Liberal Lancman Emerges as Gadfly for Mayor and Speaker". Observer. 2014-04-04. Retrieved 2015-09-24.

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Political offices
Preceded by
James F. Gennaro
New York City Council, 24th District
Preceded by
Brian McLaughlin
New York Assembly, 25th District
Succeeded by
Nily Rozic