Michael Arcuri

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Mike Arcuri previously served the 24th Congressional district of New York

Michael Arcuri, a Democrat, is the former U.S. Representative for the 24th Congressional District of New York 2007-2011. He lost re-election on November 2, 2010, to Republican Richard L. Hanna.(map)[1]

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

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Environmental record

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Arcuri returns campaign contributions

Arcuri returned $7,400 in campaign contributions from Robert J. “Skip” Anderson Jr. and Robert J. Anderson Jr., the owners of Oriska Insurance Co. Oriska's offices were raided by federal agents in connection to a insurance, wire and mail fraud investigation into the senior Anderson.[1]

Arcuri later returned two contributions totaling $4,000 from two paralegals who work for Oriska Insurance Co.[2]


Born in the Utica area, Arcuri graduated from the State University of Albany, then from New York Law School in 1984. He then entered private practice. In 1993, he was elected District Attorney of Oneida County, only the third Democrat ever elected to that position and the first in over 40 years. As DA, Arcuri helped to implement Oneida County’s Drug Court and Drug Treatment Alternative To Prison (D-TAP) programs and has prosecuted numerous violent criminals. In 1997, he received the the Mohawk Valley Person of the Year Award from the YWCA for his work in the area of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse. In 2003 he was elected President of the New York State District Attorney's Association. During his 12 years as Oneida County District Attorney, the Assistant District Attorney's in his office carried one of the highest case loads of any county in the State of New York and maintained a 90% conviction rate, one of the highest in the country.

Arcuri has also taught constitutional law as an adjunct professor at Utica College. [3]

2006 congressional elections

Arcuri announced his candidacy for the 24th Congressional district of New York a few weeks before Rep. Sherwood Boehlert announced that he would be retiring this year. Arcuri faced primary opposition from former Cortland Mayor Bruce Tytler, Utica attorney Leon Koziol, and epidemiologist Les Roberts. Prior to the primary, all three of Arcuri's opponents dropped out of the race, clearing the way for Arcuri. [4]

Arcuri hired Howard Wolfson to handle the media and John Zogby as his pollster. [5]


Arcuri was endorsed in his race by the following:

  • Syracuse Post-Standard
  • National and New York League of Conservation Voters
  • New York State AFL-CIO
  • Sierra Club
  • Communications Workers of America Local #1126
  • International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
  • Laborers Local 589
  • Tompkins-Cortland Building Trades Counci
  • United Auto Workers Region 9
  • Central New York Coalition of Manufacturer's Unions
  • Police Conference of New York
  • United Transportation Union
  • United Mine Workers
  • Public Employee Federation
  • Service Employee International Union,
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
  • New York State United Teachers
  • AFL-CIO Central New York Labor Council
  • Service Employees International Union #1199
  • Philip S. McDonald Police Benevolent Association of Rome
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • New York State Association of Electrical Workers, Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers Local Union 182
  • Communications Workers of America, Local 1114
  • United Food and Commercial Workers, Local One
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 2213
  • Northeastern Police Conference – New York State
  • Communication Workers of America, Local 1103. [6][7]

Negative ad

During the campaign, Arcuri was hit with a negative advertisement created by the National Republican Campaign Committee that accused Arcuri of calling a telephone sex line and paying for it with Oneida County funds. [8] The ad, narrated by a sultry female voice and showing Arcuri licking his lips in slow motion, was even denounced by Arcuri's opponent, Republican Raymond Meier. [9]

Arcuri explained that an aide accidentally dialed the line because the number had the same last seven digits as the state Department of Criminal Justice Services in Albany. [10]


Arcuri defeated Republican Raymond Meier in the 2006 congressional elections to succeed incumbent Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, who retired.

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Michael Arcuri
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and affiliations

More background data


DC Office:
327 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Main phone: 202-225-3665
Fax: 202-225-1891
Web Email

District Office- Auburn:
17 E. Genesee Street
Auburn, NY, 13021
ph: (315) 252-2777/2778
fx: (315) 252-2779

District Office-Utica:
10 Broad Street
Utica, NY, 13501
Phone: 315-793-8146/8147
Fax: 315-798-4099

District Office-Cortland:
16 Church Street
Carriage House Right
Cortland, NY, 13045
fx: (607) 756-2472

Articles and resources


  1. Election results, Higher Ed Action Center, accessed January 2011.


Local blogs and discussion sites


Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Committees: House Committee on Rules, House Committee on Rules/Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Economic Development Public Buildings and Emergency Management, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 7, 2006
First Took Current Office:
January 4, 2007
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Oneida County District Attorney
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 17 E. Genesee Street, Auburn, NY, 13021
Phone: 315-252-2777/2778 / Fax: 315-252-2779
2. 10 Broad Street, Utica, NY, 13501
Phone: 315-793-8146/8147 / Fax: 315-798-4099
3. 16 Church Street, Carriage House Right, Cortland, NY, 13045
Phone: 607-756-2470 / Fax: 607-756-2472

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Date of Birth: June 11, 1959