Biography

Todd Kaminsky
Todd Kaminsky represents New York’s 20th Assembly District, including Long Beach, Atlantic Beach, East Atlantic Beach, Point Lookout, Lido Beach, Oceanside, Island Park, Lawrence, Cedarhurst, Hewlett, Woodmere, Inwood and portions of East Rockaway.

During his first legislative session, 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 important issues including property tax relief, government reform, relief for Hurricane Sandy victims, funding for schools, and others. In addition, Todd led 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 also led on the issue of access to diplomas for special needs students, convening a forum of state officials where residents were allowed to ask questions and discussion options for alternatives to the former Regents diploma.

Todd was named one of City & State’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars, as well as named alongside colleagues as one of the New York Observer’s Albany’s Top 40 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.

Before his election to the Assembly in 2014, Todd spent a decade in public service as a federal prosecutor and assistant district attorney. As an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Todd specialized in prosecuting public corruption, serving as the acting deputy chief of the Public Integrity Section. In that role, he lea or participated in the successful prosecutions of a number of elected officials, including Rep. Michael Grimm.

Todd received numerous awards for his work at the Eastern District, including the True American Hero Award from the Federal Drug Agents Foundation.

Prior to his service as an Assistant United States Attorney, Todd worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Queens County District Attorney’s office. His prosecutions focused on domestic violence, robberies, shootings and other violent crimes.

As a community advocate, Todd has worked vigorously in support of the South Shore. He organized free legal clinics for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, and helped bring tens-of-thousands of dollars in relief funds to local residents. For his efforts, Todd was awarded the Community Service Award from the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York and the Long Beach Martin Luther King Center’s Sandy Relief Service Award.

Todd was born and raised in Lido Beach, New York. He graduated from Long Beach High School and attended the University of Michigan, where he graduated summa cum laude. He received his law degree from New York University’s School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Todd and his wife, Ellen, live in Long Beach with their son, Rafe.