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Domenic Recchia

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Domenic Recchia
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, New York, District 11
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Last electionNovember 4, 2014
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Domenic Recchia was a 2014 Democratic and Working Families Party candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the 11th Congressional District of New York. Recchia ran unopposed for both nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014.[1] He was defeated by incumbent Michael Grimm (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

Recchia served as a New York City Council member from 2002 to 2013, representing southern Brooklyn.[3][4]


After graduating law school, Recchia returned to Brooklyn, and in 1989 was elected to the Community Board 13. In that same year, Recchia was elected to Community School Board 21, where he served until 2001.[5] The following year, on January 1, 2002, Recchia became a member of the New York City Council and served as the Chair of the Council’s Finance Committee.[6]



See also: New York's 11th Congressional District elections, 2014

The 11th Congressional District of New York held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Michael Grimm (R) defeated challengers Domenic Recchia (D) and Henry Bardel (G).[2] All three candidates ran unopposed in the primary election on June 24, 2014. Grimm appeared on the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party tickets in the general election, while Recchia appeared on the Democratic and Working Families Party tickets. Bardel ran for the Green Party.

New York's 11th was considered a battleground district in 2014. Grimm won re-election in 2012 with a 5 percent margin of victory, but the district went Democratic in the 2012 presidential race, voting for President Barack Obama with a 4.3 percent margin of victory. Grimm's chances for re-election could also have been affected by the negative media attention he received after being indicted for 20 crimes involving his restaurant, Healthalicious, including tax fraud and hiring illegal immigrants.[7]

U.S. House, New York District 11 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Grimm Incumbent 53.1% 58,886
     Democratic Domenic Recchia 40.8% 45,244
     Green Henry Bardel 2.4% 2,687
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 3.8% 4,182
Total Votes 110,999
Source: New York State Board of Elections

Video of Recchia predicting a "Barack Obama Dynasty"

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Recchia was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Jumpstart program, which was designed to provide early support to top-tier Democratic challengers.[8] Roll Call named the race one of the top five to watch in the Northeast.[9] If elected, Recchia would have been the first congressman from the Staten Island-based district since 1906 not to have a Staten Island address.[10]

In February 2014, a video surfaced of Recchia calling for the "Barack Obama Dynasty."[11]


Recchia received the following endorsements:

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Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Recchia's reports.[14]

Domenic Recchia (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2013$0.00$412,036.00$(4,742.54)$407,293.46
July Quarterly[16]October 15, 2013$407,293.46$305,220.32$(46,441.83)$666,071.95
October Quarterly[17]January 30, 2014$666,071.95$300,564.44$(66,337.04)$900,299.35
Year-End[18]January 31, 2014$900,299.35$191,927.06$(100,343.46)$991,882.95
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2014$991,882.95$206,412.82$(132,352.80)$1,065,942.97
Running totals


Recchia has three daughters with his wife, Kim. Recchia was raised and resides in Brooklyn, New York.[6] He has had several liens levied against him, including one in 2010 for property he co-owns with his wife.[20]

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  1. Associated Press, "New York - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Politico, "2014 New York House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2014
  3. Staten Island Advance, "Exclusive: Brooklyn Democratic City Councilman Domenic Recchia says he will run for Congress," February 17, 2013
  4. The Wall Street Journal, "From Brooklyn, a Bid to Represent Staten Island in Congress," accessed August 5, 2014
  5. "Brooklyn Eagle","CEC 21 honors Recchia with songs, poems, portraits by children", May 1, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 Domenic Recchia for Congress, "About," accessed May 24, 2014
  7. The Washington Post, "Rep. Michael Grimm, facing federal charges, surrenders to FBI," accessed September 30, 2014
  8. Roll Call;, "Democrats Launch New Program for House Recruits," May 9, 2013
  9. "Roll Call","Top 5 Races to Watch in the Mid-Atlantic", July 9, 2013
  10. Wall Street Journal, "From Brooklyn, a Bid to Represent Staten Island in Congress," accessed June 4, 2014
  11. Fox News, "New York Congressional Candidate: Time for a 'Barack Obama Dynasty'," accessed August 11, 2014
  12. Domenic Recchia for Congress, "The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Endorses Pro-Worker Candidate Domenic M. Recchia, Jr.," accessed May 24, 2014
  13. Domenic Recchia for Congress, "NY State’s Largest Grocery Workers Union Endorses Domenic Recchia for Congress," accessed May 24, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Domenic Recchia Summary Report," accessed April 24, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Domenic Recchia April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Domenic Recchia July Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Domenic Recchia October Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Domenic Recchia Year-End," accessed April 24, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Domenic Recchia April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  20. "New York Post","Councilman Recchia slapped with $2,657 city tax lien", December 2, 2013