A lifelong Queens resident, Barry Grodenchik grew up in NYCHA’s Pomonok Houses in Flushing. Barry grew up with a deep understanding of the concerns that working and middle class families face in New York. Barry attended Queens public schools before earning his degree in Economics and History at SUNY Binghamton.
These experiences shaped Barry’s belief in the importance of strong public schools and effective community supports as a means of giving more families the opportunity to live in safe, healthy communities. As a result, Barry has built his career helping our community, working for Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn helping constituents navigate our city and state bureaucracy; serving as Borough President Claire Shulman’s Chief Administrative Officer for over a decade and serving as Deputy Borough President under Helen Marshall. Barry currently serves as Director of Community Boards for Borough President Melinda Katz where he has worked to diversify representation.
In these jobs, Barry has been directly involved in helping Queens remain a great place to live, work and raise a family. He has fought to preserve our hospitals, secured funding for senior centers, parks and libraries, helped drive the creation of new schools to ease overcrowding and he has worked with the police to keep our streets safe.
Barry was a leader in the effort to reduce domestic violence and sexual harassment, bringing together stakeholders and survivors to develop new plans to fight these often-ignored crimes. As a result of his work in the community and numerous accomplishments, Barry was elected to the New York State Assembly in 2002. In the Assembly he continued his work on women’s issues while also working to improve nursing home care and saving taxpayers over $10 million annually with his nursing home reform legislation that was signed into law by the Governor.
For his work, Barry has been honored by numerous community organizations, including the Bnos Malka Academy, the Taiwan Association, the Korean American Association, the Southeast Queens Community Partnership and the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.
Barry resides in Hollis Hills with his wife Debra, a Professor of Mathematics at Nassau Community College and their son David who is currently attending college.