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Al D’Amato

Alphonse D’Amato is a former Senator of New York, once known as “Senator Pothole” because of his reputation for using his political powers to address local concerns such as fixing potholes in the streets. Senator Alphonse D’Amato held office from 1981-1999. Alphonse D’Amato was known for advocating for green space, health care, transportation, and bio-technology.


Al D’Amato was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised on Long Island. He attended Chaminade High School and graduated from Syracuse University, where he was a member of the National Fraternity Alpha Chi Rho. Alphonse D’Amato earned Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University in 1961.


Following his education, Alphonse D’Amato became a member of the Nassau County Republican Party, for which he served as public administrator in 1970 and the town supervisor for Hempstead, New York in 1977. In 1980, Alphonse D’Amato ran for a seat in the Senate. He ran against incumbent Jacob Javits and won the nomination for the Republican Primary in a landslide victory. Campaigning under conservative values and environmental consciousness, Al D’Amato went on to win the Senate with 45 per cent of the vote. Al D’Amato held his position in the Senate for eighteen years.

During his term in office, Senator Alphonse D’Amato served on the Senate Banking Committee, the Senate Appropriations Committee, and the Senate Finance Committee. Al D’Amato was also a Member of the Board of Computer Associates and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Having developed close relationships with Members of Congress from both political parties during his time as Senator, Alphonse D’Amato developed considerable expertise on the legislative and political process.

Upon retiring from politics, Alphonse D’Amato founded Park Strategies, a public policy and business development firm, in 1999. Park Strategies has its roots in government relations as a consulting firm. Park Strategies provides specialized advice, assistance, and counsel in the areas of business management, government relations, regulatory navigation, healthcare & hospital management, insurance, procurement support, federal and state legislative lobbying, and political assessment.

In addition to transferring his political career to the business arena, Senator Alphonse D’Amato has also made appearances in the media as a political commentator on Fox News Channel, NY1, and Bloomberg Radio. Alphonse D’Amato also played himself in the film The Devil’s Advocate in 1997. As of 2008, former Senator Alphonse D’Amato is slotted to appear in a reality TV show as the Honorable Judge D’Amato. According to Bill Thompson, senior vice president of Rebel Entertainment, Al D’Amato was chosen for the role because of his feisty personality and his ability to be both serious and funny. The show will be ready for syndication in the fall of 2009.


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