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Mark Gjonaj

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Preceded by  Naomi Rivera
Party  Democratic Party
Role  Politician
Name  Mark Gjonaj
Political party  Democratic

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Mark Gjonaj ([ˈd͡ʒoʊnɑi] ) is an Albanian-American politician of the Democratic Party who represents District 80 of the New York State Assembly. His district encompasses Morris Park, Pelham Parkway, Pelham Gardens, and Norwood, among other communities located in the Borough of the Bronx. Gjonaj defeated incumbent assemblyman Naomi Rivera in the 2012 Democratic primary race, in a district which, due to mandatory re-districting, incorporated a large part of the borough previously part of the 81st District represented by Jeffrey Dinowitz. On November 6, 2012, he won the general election with 79% of the vote.


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Early life and education

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Gjonaj was born in the Bronx to an Albanian family from Reč, Montenegro. He attended St. Raymond High School for Boys and graduated from St. John's University with a bachelor's degree.


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Gjonaj is the president of M P Realty Group Corp., a real estate brokerage firm that he founded in 1999. His political experience prior to election was as a member of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission.

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In 2017, Gjonaj entered the race to represent the 13th District of the New York City Council, to replace Councilman James Vacca, who had to step down due to term limits. At the time of the primary election, he was seen as a leading candidate, due to the large amount of financing he had received, much of it from the real estate industry and other sources outside of the district, for which he was criticized by his opponents. Gjonaj won the five-way primary with 39% of the vote, over the out-going Vacca's endorsed candidate, Marjorie Velazquez, who won 34%, and third-place John Doyle's 19%.

Honors and awards

Gjonaj was presented with Albania's Honor of Nation Order, Urdhri Nderi i Kombit, by President Bujar Nishani.

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