Rudy Giuliani is an American politician, attorney, and public speaker who served as the 107th Mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001. He currently acts as an attorney to President Donald Trump. Politically first a Democrat, then an Independent in the 1970s, and a Republican since the 1980s, Giuliani served as United States Associate Attorney General from 1981 to 1983. That year he became the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, holding the position until 1989.
When Giuliani took office as Mayor of New York City, he appointed a new police commissioner, William Bratton, who applied the broken windows theory of urban decay, which holds that minor disorders and violations create a permissive atmosphere which leads to further and more serious crimes which can threaten the safety of a city; to prevent major crime, the theory holds, the police should enforce seemingly minor “quality-of-life” laws such as those outlawing public drinking, littering, and jay-walking.
Giuliani was born in an Italian-American enclave in East Flatbush in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, the only child of working-class parents, Harold Angelo Giuliani (1908–1981) and Helen Giuliani (née D’Avanzo; 1909–2002), both children of Italian immigrants. Giuliani is of Tuscan origins from his father side, as his paternal grandparents (Rodolfo and Evangelina Giuliani) were born in Montecatini Terme, Tuscany, Italy. He was raised a Roman Catholic. Harold Giuliani, a plumber and a bartender, had trouble holding a job, and was convicted of felony assault and robbery, serving time in Sing Sing. After his release he worked as an enforcer for his brother-in-law Leo D’Avanzo, who ran an organized crime operation involved in loan sharking and gambling at a restaurant in Brooklyn. The family lived in East Flatbush, Brooklyn until Harold died of prostate cancer in 1981, after which Helen moved to Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Upon graduation, Giuliani clerked for Judge Lloyd Francis MacMahon, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. Similarly, Giuliani did not serve in the military during the Vietnam War. Upon graduation from the latter in 1968, he was classified 1-A (available for military service), but in 1969 he was reclassified 2-A (essential civilian) as Judge MacMahon’s law clerk. In 1970, Giuliani received a high draft lottery number.
On October 26, 1968, Giuliani tied a knot to Regina Peruggi, whom he had known since childhood. Moreover, Peruggi did not accompany him to Washington when he accepted the job in the Attorney General’s Office.
Giuliani met local television personality Donna Hanover sometime in 1982, and they began dating when she was working in Miami. Giuliani filed for legal separation from Peruggi on August 12, 1982. Moreover, Alan Placa, Giuliani’s best man, later became a priest and helped get the annulment. Giuliani and Peruggi did not have any children.
Giuliani and Hanover then married in a Catholic ceremony at St. Monica’s Church in Manhattan on April 15, 1984. They had two children, son Andrew and daughter Caroline.
- Full Name: Rudolph William Louis Giuliani
- Date of Birth: May 28, 1944
- Age: 75 years
- Birth Place: East Flatbush, New York, United States
- Spouse: Judith Giuliani (m. 2003–2019), Donna Hanover (m since 1984–2002), Regina Peruggi (m. 1968–1982)
- Children: Andrew Giuliani, Caroline Giuliani
- Education: NYU School of Law (1968), Manhattan College (1965), etc.
- Previous offices: Mayor of New York City (since 1994–2001), etc.
- Political party: Republican (1980–present)
- Other political affiliations: Independent (since 1975–1980), Democratic (before 1975)
- Net Worth: $19 Million
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