Meet Joseph A. Maffia
Joe Maffia, a moderate Republican, has achieved professional success and gained valuable experience, qualifying him to hold office in the NYS Assembly. He learned to resolve complex issues from the boardroom to the classroom from his many leadership roles.
He believes that the well-being of the residents and business community are intertwined and dependent on one another. His business experience and leadership roles are what this commercial assembly district needs.
Joe's political involvement includes:
- District leader in the 75th Assembly District
- Serves on the Executive Committee of the Manhattan GOP
- Previous district leader in the 67th Assembly District
- Past president and co-president of Gertrude & Morrison Parker West Side Republican Club
Joe is currently serving in the following roles:
- Board member and Audit Committee chair of New Dramatists, Inc.
- Treasurer and Board member of the Carnegie House Tenants Corporation
- Board and audit committee member of the 34th Street Partnership
- Standard-setting and Professional Trends Advisory Committee of NASBA
- Community Board #5 member
- Serving on the Budget, Education & City Services Committee
- Served on the Public Safety and Quality of Life Committee
- For nearly two decades, I have been teaching Auditing at Hunter College in both the Graduate and undergrad schools
Joe was born in Spanish Harlem. He grew up in poverty and was on welfare. A single mom raised him with three children on the upper West side of Manhattan. Joe has two wonderful grown daughters and one grandson, who is the joy of his life. He currently lives in midtown Manhattan with his lovely wife, MJ, and three Pomeranian dogs. He enjoys photography, music, reading, economics, droning, kung fu, politics, and driving his Tesla.
Growing up playing stickball and basketball on the Upper Westside, he became the King of Graffiti on the number 1 train during the early 70s. In hindsight, while he is not proud of the vandalism, it was an essential part of his growth. Joe developed a work ethic and strategy to become King of the Broadway line. He accomplished this by executing his plan methodically and being hardworking and unrelenting.
Joseph graduated from Power Memorial Academy High School. He was the NYC indoor and outdoor season CHSAA Triple Jump Champion and received a track and field scholarship to Iona College in New Rochelle, NY.
He graduated from Iona with a B.S in Accounting, followed by passing the CPA exam. Joe then worked for the ninth-largest accounting firm, Main Hurdman. He went on to work for Paramount Pictures in several positions, learning management skills that he would use throughout his career. After Paramount, Joe went to work for Boxing promoter Don King Productions, Inc.
In 1984, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District, Rudolph Giuliani indicted Don King on income tax evasion. In late 1985 Mr. King was subsequently cleared of those charges. In 1986, Mr. King responded to the deficiencies in his accounting department and hired Joseph. Joseph successfully organized and computerized the accounting department while working in a stressful high-profile environment during the Tyson years. This experience helped him develop strong problem-solving skills and identifying creative solutions while learning to think outside the box. He subsequently testified twice against Mr. King after he left the company.
He then returned to public accounting where he honed his technical skills, and became a partner at Rosenzweig & Maffia, LLP. He merged his firm into Janover, LLC and helped grow it into one of the top 25 firms in NYC, and top 115 in the country, with two offices and over 170 people. Joe served on the firm's executive committee, where he created and chaired the firm's quality control department.
In the past Joe has held many leadership roles:
- Served on the Board and Vice President of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA)
- Served on the Accounting and Review Services Committee of the AICPA
- Chaired the Entertainment and Sports Committee of the NYSSCPA
- Chaired the Accounting and Review Services Committee of the NYSSCPA
- Served on the Small Business Advisory Committee to the FASB
- Trustee of the Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum
- Executive Committee of Janover, LLC
- Chaired the Quality Control Department at Janover, LLC
- Treasurer of the Alliance for New York State Arts Organizations
- Board member of Arts Action New York
Hie authored and or performed technical reviews for the following publications:
- Wrote the CCH book, 2014 Knowledge-based Audits, Compilations and Reviews of Common Interest Realty Associations
- Performed technical review of the CCH book, 2013 Knowledge-based Audits, Compilations and Reviews of Common Interest Realty Associations
- He performed a technical review of the 2007/2008 CCH Compilation and Reviews