Sal F. Albanese was a public school teacher from 1972 though 1982 and then served as the New York City Councilmember from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn from 1982 until 1997, taking a lead on issues from public safety to the living wage to LGBT rights. In 1997 he ran for mayor and posted a strong third-place Democratic primary finish despite a shoe-string budget. After spending 15 years in the private sector in the legal and financial field, Sal was a candidate for mayor in the 2013 Democratic primary. A native of Italy who moved to Brooklyn when he was eight, Sal received his B.A. in Education from CUNY York College in 1972, an M.A. in Health from New York University in 1976 and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1990. He is a member of the New York State Bar and holds Series 7 and 63 financial services licenses. Sal lives in Bay Ridge with his wife of 40 years, Lorraine. They have two daughters.