A lifetime Brooklynite, John F. Gangemi is a first generation Italian-American. John was born and raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn in a middle class household, where his parents worked hard to give him everything they could. His mother was a seamstress and his father a butcher. John went to p.s. 201 elementary school and then after worked in his father’s butcher shop while attending St. Francis Prep High School in Brooklyn. John's work ethic led him to Seton Hall University, where he would have dreams of becoming a lawyer, providing for his family, and serving his community. After graduating Seton Hall University, he went on to attend New York Law School.
After graduating Law School, John was appointed as a legislative assistant to Governor Nelson Rockefeller, where he served in the assembly, reviewing legislation on behalf of the Governor. After working for the Governor, John became an assistant state attorney general, and soon after became an assistant district attorney for the County of Kings. In 1974, John became city councilman at-large, representing the entire borough of Brooklyn. In 2001, John received the Kings County Democratic commitee , man of the year award.
John has continued to serve his community as an attorney in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, where he has been practicing law for 48 years. In 2009, he was admitted to practice law in the United States Supreme Court, the highest honor for an attorney.
John continues to reside in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, the neighborhood he grew up in, where he raised his family, and where he continues to serve his community. John most importantly is a proud father of four with his wife Barbara and a proud grandfather of four. His son Frank is a radio personality on Howard Stern, his son John is a banker, his daughter Constance is an architect, and his daughter Ursula is a prominent attorney in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
"I will use my experience as a prosecutor, my experience as city councilman at-large for all of Brooklyn, and my 48 years of experience as an attorney to better the people of Brooklyn at the same time as advocating for BROOKLYN, the greatest place on earth. Let's come together as a family, because Brooklyn is one family and It would be my honor to serve you as your Brooklyn Borough President.”
- John F. Gangemi