Carl L. Marcellino, the Republican incumbent candidate for New York State Senate representing the Fifth Senatorial District, attended public schools in Queens. He earned both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from New York University and a Professional Diploma in Administration and Supervision from St. John's University.
Lawrence Silverman, Democratic candidate for New York State Senate representing the Fifth Senatorial District, graduated from Stuyvesant High School and the State University of New York with a Regents College Scholarship. He was elected president of his law school and was a member of the Law Review. He founded a mentoring project at his alma mater, New York Law School, in which over 500 attorneys assist law students with their transition into the legal profession.