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Jack E. Bronston (January 10, 1922 – December 7, 2017) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.[1]

Life[edit | edit source]

He was born in Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey,[2] the son of Harry E. Bronston (1892–1972).[3] He attended Plainfield High School and graduated A.B. from Harvard College in 1942.[4] During World War II he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1948, and received an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law. He was admitted to the bar in 1949, and practiced in New York City. He married Adele Schwartz.

He entered politics as a Democrat, and was a member of the New York State Senate from 1959 to 1978, sitting in the 172nd, 173rd, 174th, 175th, 176th, 177th, 178th, 179th, 180th, 181st and 182nd New York State Legislatures.

On January 2, 1981, he was sentenced by Milton Pollack, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, to four months in prison for fraud. Bronston had helped one company to get a contract for New York City bus shelters while having been retained by, and thus legally representing, a competing company.[5] On August 19, 1981, the conviction was upheld by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.[6] On June 18, 1981, Bronston's license to practice law was suspended by the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division effective July 17. On March 5, 1985, the suspension was declared as terminated, effectively from September 17, 1984.[7]

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. "JACK BRONSTON Obituary". New York Times. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=187493121. Retrieved 18 February 2018. 
  2. "Bronston, Jack E." at the Political Graveyard
  3. HARRY E. BRONSTON in the New York Times on November 21, 1972 (subscription required)
  4. The New York Red Book, p. 63. Williams Press, 1977. Accessed November 9, 2017. "JACK E. BRONSTON 5th District (8th, 9th and 10th Assembly districts of Queens county) Jack E. Bronston, Democrat-Liberal, was born in Plainfield, N. J., on January 10, 1922. He attended Plainfield High School and was graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. degree from Harvard College in 1942."
  5. BRONSTON GETS 4 MONTHS IN BUS-STOP FRAUD CASE in the New York Times on January 3, 1981
  6. BRONSTON LOSES BID TO OVERTURN HIS CONVICTION in the New York Times on August 20, 1981
  7. MATTER JACK E. BRONSTON at Find a Case
Unrecognised parameter
Preceded by
Walter G. McGahan
New York State Senate
5th District

1959–1965
Succeeded by
Edward J. Speno
Preceded by
William C. Thomson
New York State Senate
11th District

1966
Succeeded by
Irving Mosberg
Preceded by
Murray Schwartz
New York State Senate
9th District

1967–1972
Succeeded by
Karen Burstein
Preceded by
Martin J. Knorr
New York State Senate
12th District

1973–1978
Succeeded by
Gary Ackerman

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