New York City Council, 43rd District
Vincent Joseph "Vinnie" Gentile (born January 3, 1959) is the Council member for the 43rd District of the New York City Council. He is a Democrat. The district includes Bath Beach, Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, and Dyker Heights in Brooklyn. Currently, Gentile chairs the Oversight and Investigation Committee and serves on the Consumer Affairs, Economic Development, Education, Land Use and Public Safety Committees.
Gentile was born into an Italian-American family in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn. He grew up on 74th Street between sixth and seventh avenues and attended McKinley Junior High School and then Fort Hamilton High School, graduating in 1977. In 1983 he became founding president of the school's alumni association. In 1984 he founded the Bay Ridge Democrats and his public service aspirations would grow from there.
He went on to receive a B.A. in Government from Cornell University while working as a sports reporter for WVBR-FM and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. He was first admitted to the New York State bar in 1986.
Prior to his involvement in electoral politics, Gentile was a prosecutor in the office of the Queens County District Attorney. There he served for 11 years as an Assistant District Attorney under Richard A. Brown.
Gentile first won public office in 1996, in a three-way race for the 23rd District in the New York State Senate. He would go on to serve three terms. In November of 2013, he was re-elected to his third term in the New York City Council by a 27-point margin – receiving nearly 63% of the vote as – his largest margin of victory in all his years in public office. Vinnie returned to the New York City Council as the Dean of the Delegation – the senior-most member of the 51-member body and serves as Deputy Leader. Gentile was the Democratic candidate for New York's 11th congressional district special election in 2015.
Gentile has been a consistent and persistent advocate for children and working families, the labor movement, senior citizens and law enforcement in the City and State. As senator, he championed the repeal of the sales tax on clothing and shoes, led the effort to establish Universal Pre-K in our schools and was the impetus in expanding the NYS prescription drug program for seniors. As Councilman he has passed legislation to eliminate Sunday parking meters, spearheaded New York City’s largest ever “downzoning,” a comprehensive, 249-block project and fought hard to secure $12 million for new bulletproof vests for the NYPD.
This past year Councilman Gentile allocated nearly $600,000 in funding for local civic groups, sports leagues, parks, schools and food pantries. As for capital projects, the Councilman secured and allocated $2.5 million to replace the synthetic turf on the Dyker Beach Park soccer field and $5 million for the renovation of the athletic and track fields at Fort Hamilton High School’s auditorium.
Councilman Gentile is honored to be named a Deputy Grand Marshall for this year’s Kings County Memorial Day Parade. His commitment to veterans over the years has been unwavering. This past year alone, Councilman Gentile has allocated over $40,000 to the United Military Veterans of Kings County to help fund the 150th Anniversary Kings County Memorial Day parade.
Whether he's fighting to secure funds for bulletproof vests for the NYPD or to eliminate Sunday parking meters, Vinnie has dedicated his professional career to public service and considers it the highest honor to represent the people of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and Bensonhurst in the booming borough of Brooklyn.