Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg
Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) is serving his seventh term representing District 19, which includes Bellmore, North Bellmore, Merrick and parts of Freeport, North Merrick and Wantagh. Dave is the ranking member of the Finance and Public Works committees and a member of the Public Safety, Government Services & Operations, Planning, Development & the Environment and Budget Review committees.
Dave was born and raised in East Meadow. He has a degree in chemical engineering from Cooper Union, a law degree from Brooklyn Law School, and is a partner at Davidoff, Hutcher & Citron, a law firm based in Garden City and New York City. He specializes in intellectual property and environmental law. He and his wife, Cara, have three college-aged children - Amanda, Danielle and Aron.
Dave Denenberg is known as the most independent and hardest working legislator. During and after Super Storm Sandy, Dave was all over his district, starting in the LIPA substation, demanding attention and assistance for the hard-hit south shore. To prevent gas shortages in the event of future power outages, Dave proposed legislation requiring each gas station to have an alternative power supply.
As the legislature’s environmental leader, Dave created the Open Space and Parks Advisory Committee and green loans program, emission controls on power plants and solar panel tax credits. Dave authored voter referendums in 2004 and 2006, which secured $50 and $100 million environmental bonds, respectively, to save Nassau’s open spaces, protect Nassau’s water resources and improve Nassau’s parks and preserves. In 2007, Leg. Denenberg crafted, and the legislature approved, $700 million in capital improvements for the county’s sewage treatment plants.
Dave is a proponent of public works projects and tax exemptions to improve quality of life and provide much-needed assistance for residents. He secured funding for downtown revitalization projects, economic development zones, playgrounds, ball fields and courts and improvements to Nassau County park facilities. Dave sponsored bills to provide partial tax exemptions for Cold War veterans, alternative energy, volunteer firefighters and EMT workers and first-time homebuyers. Most of all, Dave is a champion of smart growth and creating job opportunities. His policies will reduce our taxes by expanding business and residential opportunities and expand our revenue base while keeping young people here.
Dave Denenberg is a strong leader with the integrity to make difficult decisions. He is an independent leader who works for the people and not the party. Looking to the future, Dave wants to create and implement solutions to Nassau County’s problems. He envisions an accessible, responsive and effective government with honest, open leadership to secure Nassau’s long-term viability, sustainability and affordability.
Involved in Our Community
- Chemical Engineer (Cooper Union, 1984) with experience in high tech and environment service industries
- Partner and Intellectual Property Chair, NYC & LI
- Board member, Stop Polluting and Littering and Save our Harbors (SPLASH)
- Freeport-Merrick Rotary Club
- Bellmore, Merrick, Seaford and Wantagh Kiwanis and Lions Clubs
- Merrick Estates, N. and C. Merrick, S. Merrick, N. Bellmore, S. Bellmore, Seaford Harbor and Old Lindenmere Civic Associations
- Merrick Park, Merrick Gables, Wantagh-Seaford Homeowners Associations
- Bellmore, Merrick, Freeport, and Seaford Historical Societies
- Friends of Freeport and Wantagh/ Seaford Sandy Relief Associations
- Past President, Congregation Ohav Sholom
- Board Member, Bellmore-Merrick Community Wellness Council
- Member, Sons of Italy
Fighting for a Better Nassau
Sponsored and passed:
- $700 million for sewage treatment plant upgrades - with more than half still awaiting County Executive’s implementation
- Capital projects throughout our district
- $300 million for environmental protection
- $100 million for park improvements
- Ban of waste water from hydrofracking
- Mandatory alternative energy source for gas stations
- Expedient decision on ins. claims for disaster relief
- Expedient release of bank's funds on ins. claims
- Cleaning up the toxic Grumman Plume
- Monitoring our drinking water
- Upgrading sewage treatment plants and ocean outfall pipe
- Opposed 2011, 2012 and 2013 budgets due to deficits, record borrowing and tax andfee increases
- Opposes sweetheart contracts to the politically connected and costly outsourcing of jobs
- Opposes privatization of county sewage treatment plants, and LIPA without oversight
- Opposes imposing a toilet tax on, and passing the cost of county assessment mistakes to, our schools, villages and fire departments