Biography

Michael DenDekker
Assembly Member Michael DenDekker represents New York’s 34th Assembly District, which includes Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst, and part of Woodside. Mr. DenDekker was first elected to the New York State Assembly on November 4, 2008, and was elected to his third term in November of 2012. Prior to entering the New York State Assembly, he was elected District Leader in 2002, and served on Community Board #3. He also served as the chairman of the Neighborhood Advisory Board, as well as a past Deputy Chief for the Jackson-Heights Elmhurst Volunteer Ambulance Corp. Between 1998 and 2002, he worked part-time as a district representative for New York State Assembly Member Margaret Markey.

A lifelong resident of his district, Mr. DenDekker was born in Jackson Heights and attended Our Lady of Fatima Grammar School, Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School and SUNY at Farmingdale where he majored in Automotive Technology.

After college, Mr. DenDekker worked as a Banquet Manager for Dante Caterers and as an Account Representative for MetLife. In 1995, he joined the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) where he was assigned to the collection of household refuse and recycling in Woodside. Mr. DenDekker was promoted to the Rank of Supervisor in the Department and later assigned to the Bureau of Public Information and Community Affairs. After the events of September 11, 2001, Mr. Den Dekker was detached to the New York City Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) where he was assigned to the Joint Information Center as a Public Information Officer. In this capacity, Mr. DenDekker was responsible for assisting with the proper dissemination of information and statistics as they related to the attacks on the World Trade Center. Assembly Member DenDekker’s achievements during and after the World Trade Center disaster have been recognized with numerous decorations and awards. In March 2003, Mr. DenDekker was given additional responsibilities as a Special Projects Coordinator, where he worked on the Ready NY campaign, Public Service announcements, and the OEM Speakers Bureau. In March of 2006, Mr. DenDekker retired from the DSNY and his assignment at OEM to take an appointment as the Facilities Manager for the New York City Council. While at the City Council, he was responsible for all day-to-day operations of all City Council Member office facilities, as well as assisting in the operation of City Hall.

Since taking office, Assemblyman DenDekker has authored several important bills that draw upon his interests in the environment, public safety, and consumer affairs. Much of the legislation initiated by Mr. DenDekker was suggested by his constituents. Among these landmark pieces of legislation is A. 8530, which would amend the criminal procedure law to allow anyone charged with an offense the ability to call any telephone number in the United States for the purpose of obtaining counsel and informing a relative or friend; A.6278 would exempt volunteer ambulance services from paying tolls; A. 6960 would prohibit credit card issuers from requiring payment of any debt on weekends or on any federal and state holiday; A.6961 would create a forty-eight hour grace period from the due date of a credit card bill; A. 11121, which would develop a cigarette butt recycling program in New York State; A11080, which would prohibit the distribution, sale, or offer for sale of tires that are more than six years old; A. 11078, which would prohibit protests from being made within 1,000 feet of a bereavement service; A. 11077, which would increase the time for filing a crime victim’s claim; and A. 11076, which would establish as a class E felony the offense of aggravated endangering the welfare of a child. Additionally, in 2012, Mr. DenDekker’s legislation to establish a voluntary state database for video camera surveillance was signed into law by the Governor. Between 2010 and 2012, Mr. DenDekker played an instrumental role in bringing the retired space shuttle Enterprise to New York City as part of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

In each legislative instance, Assembly Member DenDekker has evidenced a strong commitment to the environment, health, safety, and consumer affairs.

Mr. DenDekker is also an accomplished actor. A member of the Screen Actors Guild, he has appeared in several films and television shows. Assemblyman DenDekker and his wife Angela reside in Jackson Heights and have four children – Michael, Linda, the late Elizabeth Delaney, and Jason who is married to Jessica. They are also the proud grandparents of Jasen and Justin.