Todd Kaminsky has spent his career fighting for Long Island families and working to end government corruption. On April 19, the people of the South Shore elected him in a special election to continue that work in the state Senate. Now he is running in the general election on November 8th to continue representing the State Senate’s 9th District in order to improve state government, and to put his skill and passion to work for South Shore residents.
As a federal prosecutor representing Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens, and as Acting Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Section, Todd took down corrupt elected officials who used taxpayer dollars to fund lavish lifestyles, as well as drug kingpins and other major felons. Todd’s successful prosecutions include State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr., Congressman Michael Grimm, Assemblyman Jimmy Meng and notorious gangster James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond. For his role in the Rosemond case, Todd was given the True American Hero Award from the Federal Drug Agents Foundation. Todd began his career as a prosecutor in the Queens District Attorney’s office, prosecuting domestic violence cases, robberies, shootings and other violent crimes.
During his first legislative session as Assemblyman, Todd passed the most bills of any freshman Assembly Member in recent history, and the fourth most bills of the Assembly’s legislative session. Todd led on issues important to Long Islanders, including property tax relief and government reform. And he secured help for Hurricane Sandy victims and significant funding increases for local schools. Todd is also the statewide leader on access to diplomas for special needs students, as well as fixing New York’s broken standardized testing system for public school students.
Locally, Todd championed the effort to reopen an emergency room on Long Beach Barrier Island, succeeded in stopping National Grid from charging Sandy victims for gas connections when rebuilding their homes, and led the opposition to the Port Ambrose offshore LNG terminal. Governor Cuomo announced his veto of the Port Ambrose terminal alongside Kaminsky on November 12, 2015.
Todd was named one of City & State’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars and one of the New York Observer’s Top 40 Albany Power Players. Newsday wrote in an editorial about government reform that, “newly elected reformers such as Todd Kaminsky of Long Beach, a former U.S. attorney who prosecuted public corruption cases, are demanding new standards of behavior.” And as a leader on government reform, Todd was appointed by Assembly Speaker Heastie to a committee tasked with finding a director for the new Assembly Ethics and Compliance office.
As New York’s newest Senator, Todd has already furthered the South Shore’s agenda, continuing to fight for government reform and improvements to public education.
Todd graduated from Long Beach High School, received his law degree, magna cum laude, from New York University, and his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan. He currently lives in Long Beach with his wife, Ellen, and son, Rafe.