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Joseph Y. Resnick

Joseph Y. Resnick, Congressman from New York.

Joseph Yale Resnick (July 13, 1924 – October 6, 1969) was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York (28th congressional district), inventor, and World War II veteran.

Resnick was born in Ellenville, New York. He served as a radio officer in the United States Merchant Marine in World War II. He also helped found Channel Master, which became a leading producer of television antennas after Resnick invented an antenna which was inexpensive, easy to assemble, and install, and did not require the expertise of a specially trained technician. He was also the inventor of the first TV antenna that improved reception by rotating towards the direction of the broadcast signal.[1] Before winning election to Congress Resnick served on the Ellenville school board.[2]

Resnick was elected to Congress in 1964 from New York's 28th congressional district, a heavily Republican district, defeating 14-year Republican incumbent J. Ernest Wharton.[3] He served from January 3, 1965 until January 3, 1969. During his tenure in Congress, Resnick took on the American Farm Bureau Federation and subsequently wrote a book on the subject. He was a champion of civil rights and also supported the Vietnam War. Resnick played a central role in passing the Animal Welfare Act of 1966, which empowered the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to protect and regulate the use of animals in research facilities.[3] He unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for a seat in the United States Senate in 1968, finishing third behind New York City councilman Paul O'Dwyer and Nassau County executive Eugene Nickerson.[1] Resnick's seat in the House was filled by Hamilton Fish IV, whom Resnick had defeated in the 1966 election.

Resnick was found dead in a Las Vegas, Nevada hotel room on October 6, 1969. The cause of death was ruled to be natural causes.[1] The Joseph Y. Resnick Airport in Resnick's hometown of Ellenville, Ulster County, is named for him.[4] He was buried at the Hebrew Aid Society Cemetery in Wawarsing, New York.[5]


  1. ^ a b c  
  2. ^ The Jews of Capitol Hill: A Compendium of Jewish Congressional Members, Kurt F. Stone, 2010 page 225
  3. ^ a b Where's Pepper? Daniel Engber, Slate, June 1, 2009.
  4. ^ Jane Anderson, Shawangunk Journal, New Lights For Ellenville? -- What The Feds' Funding Of Resnick Airport Might Mean, August 8, 2013
  5. ^ "Joseph Y. Resnick".  

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
J. Ernest Wharton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 28th congressional district

Succeeded by
Hamilton Fish IV

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