Richard M. Cocchiara

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Richard Cocchiara
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Former candidate for
New York State Assembly, District 99
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sRocklandCommunity College, 1982
Bachelor'sPace University, 1988
Master'sMarist College, 1999
ProfessionComputer engineer
Campaign website
Richard Cocchiara was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 99 of the New York State Assembly.


After growing up in Rockland County, New York, Cocchiara earned his A.A.S. from Rockland Community College in 1982. He went on to earn his bachelor's degree in business administration from Pace University in 1988 and his M.S. in management information systems from Marist College in 1999.[1]

Professionally, Cocchiara has worked as an engineer at IBM since 1982. He also worked as a property manager from 1989 to 1995 and from 2008 to 2014.[1]

Cocchiara has been involved in local politics. He has served as a councilman for the town of Hamptonburgh, New York since 2001.[1]


Campaign themes


Cocchiara listed the following issues on his campaign website:

  • Common Core[2]
Excerpt: "The monopoly control of our schools and bureaucratic authority over local education needs to end. That starts by putting a stop to Common Core."
  • The SAFE Act[3]
Excerpt: "I believe in the second amendment. As your member of the State Assembly I will vote to uphold your constitutional right to own firearms. I will vote to repeal the SAFE Act."
Excerpt: "I want to reduce the tax rate individuals and businesses pay year to year."



See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New York State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Incumbent James G. Skoufis was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Richard M. Cocchiara was unopposed in the Republican primary. Skoufis ran on the Working Families Party ticket and Cocchiara ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Skoufis defeated Cocchiara in the general election.[5][6][7]

New York State Assembly, District 99 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames G. Skoufis Incumbent 52.4% 17,837
     Republican Richard M. Cocchiara 47.6% 16,186
Total Votes 34,023

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