Assembly Member Michael DenDekker is a grandchild of immigrants and represents one of the most ethnically diverse communities in New York State, the 34th Assembly District, which includes Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst, and parts of Woodside. Mr. DenDekker was first elected to the New York State Assembly on November 4, 2008, and was elected to his sixth term in November of 2018. 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 Volunteer Ambulance Corp. (JHVAC).
A lifelong resident of his district, Mr. DenDekker, since birth, still resides in the same house in Jackson Heights that his maternal grandfather, the late Silvio Sica, purchased in 1956. He attended Our Lady of Fatima Grammar School, Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School and SUNY at Farmingdale. After college, Mr. DenDekker worked as a Tow Truck Driver, a Waiter, Bartender and Banquet Manager for Dante Caterers, a Milk Truck Driver, and an Account Representative for MetLife. In 1995, he joined the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY). As a Sanitation Worker, Mike was assigned to QW2 garage and serviced Woodside and Sunnyside with household collection of refuse and recycling. During snow removal operations he was normally assigned to a salt spreader and serviced the BQE, Queens Boulevard and the Woodside area. In 2001, he was promoted to the Rank of Supervisor and assigned to the Bureau of Public Information and Community Affairs. After the events of September 11th, Mr. Den Dekker was detached to the New York City Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and his response efforts and achievements during and after the World Trade Center disaster have been recognized with numerous decorations and awards. In March 2003, OEM named him a Special Projects Coordinator. He helped create the Ready NY campaign, the OEM Speakers Bureau and wrote and produced several Public Service Announcements. 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 New York City Council Member offices, equipment and facilities, as well as assisting in the operations of the Speakers Office and the Council Chambers in City Hall. He left that position after being elected as a Member of the New York State Assembly.
Mr. DenDekker also takes great pride in the diversity of his community. He always tries to participate in as many community celebrations as possible and has visited some of the various lands his constituents hail from. Almost every year since being elected, he has traveled to Puerto Rico to take part in the annual Somos el Futuro conference where has hosted panels and most recently has volunteered in recovery efforts. Mr. DenDekker has also traveled to Quito, Ecuador where he was honored for his substantial support for a local constituent in her successful quest to become the first elected Ecuadorian Judge in the United States. He has also participated in trade missions to Israel, Taiwan and Ireland.
Mr. DenDekker is also an accomplished actor and member of SAG-AFTRA. He has appeared in a number of popular TV shows including Law and Order, Elementary and Billions as well as several critically acclaimed movies such as Inside Man, American Gangster and Miracle at St. Anna.
Assemblyman DenDekker and his wife Angela reside in Jackson Heights and have four children – Michael, Linda, the late Elizabeth Delaney, and Jason. They are also the proud grandparents of Jasen, Justin, Michael and Vinny.
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