Elect David Carlucci
Meet David Carlucci
Democratic Senator David Carlucci is an experienced progressive lawmaker who has served Hudson Valley residents in the New York State Senate since 2010. He has distinguished himself as a lawmaker who delivers results for residents in Rockland and Westchester Counties.
In 2019, Senator Carlucci was the most productive lawmaker in the New York State Senate, passing the most bills to make it to the Governor’s desk. He passed nation-leading legislation, including a ban on the salary history question, protections for veterans from pension poaching, automatic voter registration transfers, and a bill to make it easier for domestic violence survivors to report an incident of violence to police.
Senator Carlucci supported a fiscally and morally responsible budget, which included, making the property tax cap permanent, record investments in school funding, ensuring New Yorker’s have access to affordable and quality healthcare, and long overdue changes to our broken criminal justice system.
Senator Carlucci also co-sponsored the most comprehensive legislation to combat climate change, setting New York on a path towards the most aggressive clean energy target in the nation. He sponsored legislation to known as the Green Amendment, which guarantees New Yorkers the right to clean air and water in the State’s Constitution.
Senator Carlucci passed the strongest gun legislation in the country, including the SAFE Act, which requires universal background checks and bans assault style weapons and high capacity magazines. Carlucci built upon this legislation passing bills to remove firearms from domestic abusers, increasing the waiting period to purchase a gun, and banning bump stocks.
Additionally, Senator Carlucci has stood up to protect women’s rights. He helped pass the Reproductive Health Act, Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act, and the Boss Bill. He has fought for equal pay for equal work for women, passing significant pay equity policies, and he championed paid family leave and a $15 minimum wage.
Senator Carlucci was appointed by Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to serve as Chairman of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee. In this role, he has passed legislation banning gay conversion therapy on minors, legislation to establish task forces to address youth suicide among the Latino, Black, and LGBTQ communities, and legislation to allow summer camps to hire social workers and mental health care professionals for children with developmental disabilities. He also passed the NY ABLE Act, a program, designed to help individuals with disabilities maintain their independence and quality of life by allowing them to open a tax-exempt savings account.
Senator Carlucci is a Co-Chair of the New York State’s Overdose and Addiction Task Force and passed a law making Naloxone available over the counter at all chain pharmacies.
Before serving in the State Legislature, Senator Carlucci was elected as Town Clerk in Clarkstown in 2005. In this role he made government more efficient and accessible.
Prior, he worked in Congressman Eliot Engel’s office, and earlier he served as a financial planner for American Express. Carlucci graduated from Cornell University in 2002 and attended Clarkstown High School North in New City.
Senator Carlucci grew up in New City and currently resides there with his wife and two children.
On the Issues
Congressman Carlucci believes health care is a human right. Every American should have the peace of mind of knowing that they have access to quality affordable health care in this country. However, we know this is sadly not the reality.
Congressman Carlucci supports the Affordable Care Act, which helped more than 100 million people get health insurance. It also ensured that people with pre-existing conditions are not denied coverage or charged higher premiums. It ended insurance companies from setting annual or lifetime limits on coverage, and it guaranteed young people could stay on their parent’s insurance plans until age 26. Right now, the Affordable Care Act is under attack by Republicans. Carlucci pledges to defend the Affordable Care Act and improve it, while creating a public Medicare option. This way people who like their doctors can keep their doctors, and for people who want a better choice, they should have the right to choose one. Carlucci’s plan is all about personal choice, and here is how it will work:
Everyone will be able to opt in to an affordable, comprehensive public alternative. This affordable public plan will incentivize private insurers to compete on price and bring down costs. If private insurers are not able to offer something dramatically better, this public plan will create an avenue to Medicare for All. The choice of a public plan allows people to make their own decisions regarding the type of health care that makes sense for them and their families by leveling the playing field between patients and the health care system. This plan trusts people to make these decisions – not a government mandate.
Congressman Carlucci will fight for common-sense gun laws to prevent senseless gun violence, which is ravaging communities across the nation. Carlucci will work to pass legislation to require universal background checks and ban assault-style weapons, high-capacity magazines and bump stocks. Carlucci has passed all of these reforms into law in New York State.
Carlucci will also fight to protect domestic violence victims as he did in New York by banning all firearms from a spouse convicted of a domestic violence offense. Further, Congressman Carlucci will fully support a Federal Red Flag law, allowing law enforcement, a doctor, or a loved one to petition a court to remove weapons from an individual deemed a threat to themselves or others.
Congressman Carlucci will work to increase Title I funding to eliminate funding gaps in our schools and ensure that teachers are paid competitively, three and four-year-olds have access to pre-school and districts provide access to rigorous coursework across all schools.
Congressman Carlucci will fight to increase the number of psychologists, guidance counselors, nurses, social workers and other health professionals employed in our schools so that teachers who are filling in the gap can focus on teaching and our children get the help they need and deserve.
Congressman Carlucci will pursue humane immigration policies to secure our border and enforce our laws. The photo of the father and 2-year-old daughter washed up at the shore of the Rio Grande in Mexico should haunt us all. People are fleeing from their homes out of collective desperation for a better life. Congressman Carlucci knows are immigration system is broken and not humane.
Carlucci will stand up against President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy of holding people in cages and separating children from their parents at the border. No child should die in an immigration detention center, and no child with parents should be surrendered into the foster care system. Carlucci will fight to end separations of families at the border by repealing section 1325 of the of Immigration and Nationality Act. This section of the law criminalizes crossing the border, when this should be a civil violation. Carlucci will also support measures to eliminate detention centers who are profiting off detaining undocumented workers and children.
Further, Carlucci supports a better pathway towards citizenship for our Dreamers and those under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure. He will defend and expand DACA, TPS, and DED protections, and pass the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program. Spring Valley, which Carlucci has represented for the past 10 years in the New York State Senate is home to one of the largest Haitian populations in the State with more than 20% of Haitian decent. Many people in Spring Valley are TPS recipients who are contributing to our economy by working and living here legally. As a State Senator Carlucci wrote to President Trump against ending the TPS program, as recipients are contributing $262.9 million to New York State’s GDP annually. Carlucci will continue his call and effort against ending valuable programs that offer people a path towards legal citizenship.
New York State values the contributions of immigrants and accepts people seeking asylum. Carlucci want to uphold our State’s values and strengthen our economy and humanity.
Congressman Carlucci fully supports a woman’s right to choose her own medical care during pregnancy and will fight to uphold Roe v. Wade.
In New York, Congressman Carlucci supported and co-sponsored the Reproductive Health Act, which codified Roe v. Wade into law. This step was necessary as the Trump administration threatens to take a woman’s reproductive health rights away.
At the federal level, Carlucci will fully support codifying Roe v. Wade through laws in Congress. However, Carlucci knows this issue is bigger, and he will fight to ensure women have access to the care they choose. Some states like Louisiana, are trying to ensure there is only one clinic within hundreds of miles for a woman to receive a safe and legal abortion, while also imposing strict waiting periods on women, which can create significant financial burdens. To combat laws like this, Carlucci will be looking into ways to require states with a history of these restrictions to get federal approval before creating these abortion laws.
(New City, NY) – Today, Democratic congressional candidate, State Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) was endorsed by Teamsters Local 445 for New York’s 17th congressional district. Teamsters Local 445 represents more than 3,400 members in the Hudson Valley in fields like construction, public employment, freight, health care, warehouse, law enforcement, public and school busing, and industrial. Barry Russell, […]Read More
(New City, NY) — Today, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) received his second major labor endorsement for Congress. The Rockland County Building and Construction Trades Council (RCBCTC), made up of 21 active unions in Rockland County, endorsed Carlucci for New York’s 17th Congressional district. John Maria, Jr., President of the RCBCTC said, “We know Senator David Carlucci in […]Read More
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(New City, NY) – Today, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) announced in a video posted to social media that he is running for Congress in the 17th district. In the video, Senator Carlucci praised Congresswoman Nita Lowey who recently announced her retirement after 31 years in office. “Congresswoman Lowey has always been a fighter for us in Washington, and […]Read More