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The Smart Choice for Northeast Queens


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Francis "Frank" Spangenberg is a lifelong resident of District 19.  His father was a police officer in the 111th Precinct for nearly 40 years, and his mother was a homemaker.  Frank was born in Flushing, and attended St. Andrew Avellino School and Bishop Reilly High School.  When he was young, Frank was active in the Boy Scouts, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.  He would continue his involvement in Scouting as an adult, serving as the Scoutmaster of Troop 589 at St. Andrew's School. 


Frank was the first member of his family to attend college, graduating from Queens College with a B.A. in History.  While in college, Frank spent a term as an intern in the Albany office of  State Senator Frank Padavan.  This experience impressed on Frank thow important it is for persons in public office to be responsive to the needs of their constituents.  After graduation, Frank became a high school teacher.  He taught at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, Bishop Ford High School in Brooklyn, and Xavier High School in Manhattan. 

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The name "Frank Spangenberg" may already sound familiar to many people in Queens, and there is a reason for that.  Frank gained national fame with his success on the television program Jeopardy!  For more than thirteen years (from 1990 to 2003), he held the record for the most money won in regular play, and he has returned to the program repeatedly over the years to participate in tournaments.

Frank also continued his education while still working as a law enforcement officer.  After being awarded a New York State DCJS Fellowship, Frank earned a Master's degree in Criminal Justice at SUNY Albany.  He was also awarded a Public Service Fellowship by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, where he earned the degree of Master of Public Administration.  While continuing to work full-time at the NYPD, he then continued his studies at the City University of New York, from which he received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice.  The focus of his academic research has been how law enforcement agencies may recruit, select, and train police officers so that the officers will perform their duties in the best possible way.  After receiving his doctorate, and again while still serving with the Police Department, Frank was invited to become an adjunct professor in the Master's program at John Jay College.  Today he continues to conduct scholarly research in the field of criminal justice for publication in both popular and peer-reviewed journals.


After 34 years as a law enforcement officer, Frank retired from the New York City Police Department in July of 2020.  As a candidate for the New York City Council, he now seeks to use his knowledge, his abilities, and his experience in a new area of  service to his community. 

In 1986 he entered the Police Academy, graduating as valedictorian of a class of more than 2,100 officers.  

Initially assigned to the New York City Transit Police, Frank becme a member of the NYPD when the City's three police departments merged in 1995.  Over the course of his police career, Frank worked in a variety of assignments, including various positions in the Transit Bureau, the Transportation Bureau, and the Office of the Chief of Department.  He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1993, and to lieutenant in 1998.  His experience as a police officer has provided him with substantial expertise regarding not only crime control strategies, but also public transportation, vehicular traffic management, and emergency preparedness.