A lifelong resident of Queens, Jim has dedicated his life to serving his community. Jim
was born to working class parents in Long Island City where he was raised in the
Ravenswood Housing Projects. From an early age, his parents instilled in him the
value of hard work and giving back. Jim was accepted into renowned
Brooklyn Technical High School and put himself through Columbia University and
Fordham Law School working as a cab driver, security guard, mailman and store clerk.
After graduating from law school, Jim answered a calling to public service. He joined the Queens District Attorney’s office where he served as an ADA for 42 years. Jim quickly made his mark as a successful prosecutor, trying more than 30 murder cases and getting hundreds of career criminals off the streets, while helping to establish dozens of alternative sentencing programs for young people, veterans, mentally ill and chemically addicted defendants. He rose through the ranks to become Chief of the Narcotics Bureau where he prosecuted violent drug gangs, including the notorious Supreme Team responsible for as many as 40 homicides.
Under former District Attorney Richard Brown, Jim was appointed Executive Assistant District Attorney where he was responsible for managing the Career Criminal and Gang Violence Bureaus. Under his supervision, those bureaus targeted violent gangs like MS-13 and the Snow Gang, helping to reduce murders in Queens County by over 80% since 1992.
In 2017, when Mayor de Blasio announced his plan to close Rikers Island, threatening the public safety of all New Yorkers, Jim became a leading opponent to block that effort. He was also an early critic of the changes to the state’s bail and discovery laws that went into effect this year. As one of Queens’ most seasoned and respected law enforcement professionals, he has spoken before the City Council and Lippman Commission on the dangerous impacts of these policies.
Jim is now running for Queens Borough President to restore sanity and commonsense to the radical progessive policies emanating from city and state government. As Borough President, he will continue his fight to stop the closing of Rikers and the building of a new jail in Kew Gardens; work to rebuild and rehabilitate the jails on Rikers Island; advocate for repealing the new bail laws for dangerous criminals; get the lead and mold out of NYCHA buildings; work
with businesses like Amazon to bring high-paying jobs into Queens, and stop the city’s practice of ignoring the will of the community and the Community Planning Boards.
Jim currently serves as an adjunct Professor of Law at St. John's University School of Law. He is married to his wife, Susan, a retired Catholic School teacher from Sunnyside, Queens. They have four children and four grandchildren. They have proudly called Long Island City, Upper Astoria and Astoria West home, and today they happily reside in Richmond Hill.