D. Clinton Dominick III

New York State Senate New York State Assembly Richard E. Schermerhorn

DeWitt Clinton Dominick (June 4, 1918 – September 9, 2009) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.


He was born on June 4, 1918, in Newburgh, Orange County, New York, the son of D. Clinton Dominick (1889–1967) and Blanche H. Dominick (1890–1976). He attended the public schools and Newburgh Free Academy. He graduated from Virginia Military Institute. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army, and attained the rank of colonel. In 1944, he married Nancy Ragan (1922–1978), and they had five children. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1948, was admitted to the bar, and practiced law in Newburgh.

Dominick was a member of the New York State Assembly (Orange Co., 1st D.) from 1955 to 1958, sitting in the 170th and 171st New York State Legislatures.

He was a member of the New York State Senate from 1959 to 1970, sitting in the 172nd, 173rd, 174th, 175th, 176th, 177th and 178th New York State Legislatures. He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1967.[1] In 1970, he co-sponsored the bill which legalized in the State of New York unrestricted abortion until 24 weeks of pregnancy.[2] In June 1970, he ran for re-nomination, but was defeated in the Republican primary by Conservative Republican Richard E. Schermerhorn.[3]

Dominick died on September 9, 2009, in Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Johns County, Florida;[4] and was cremated.

Assemblyman DeWitt C. Dominick was his grandfather.


  1. ^ Charter Revision in the Empire State by Henrik N. Dullea (Rockefeller Institute Press, Albany NY, 1997; pg. 409; ISBN 0-914341-49-9)
  2. ^ 1970 Abortion Law: New York Said Yes, Stunning the Nation in the New York Times on April 9, 2000
  3. ^ Two Key Backers of Abortion Reform in the Legislature Are Defeated Upstate in the New York Times on June 24, 1970 (subscription required)
  4. ^ Deaths; DOMINICK, D. in the New York Times on September 20, 2009