Brian P. Kavanagh
|Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 74th district
|Preceded by||Sylvia M. Friedman|
January 18, 1967 |
Staten Island, New York
|Residence||East Side, Manhattan|
|Alma mater||Princeton University
NYU School of Law
Brian P. Kavanagh (born January 18, 1967) is a member of the New York State Assembly representing the 74th Assembly District, which is located on the East Side of Manhattan and includes parts of the Lower East Side, Union Square, Gramercy Park, Stuyvesant Square, Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper Village, East Midtown Plaza, Waterside Plaza, Kips Bay, Murray Hill, Tudor City, and Turtle Bay.
Kavanagh is a lifelong resident of New York City. He graduated from Regis High School and holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a law degree from New York University School of Law. He worked as an attorney at the New York law firms Kaye Scholer and Schulte Roth & Zabel. He was an aide to former New York City Mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins. He served as chief of staff to New York City Council member Gale Brewer.
Kavanagh was first elected to the State Assembly in November 2006. He is a member of the Democratic Party and has been endorsed by the Working Families Party. Kavanagh is the co-chair of the New York chapter of State Legislators Against Illegal Guns.
New York State Assembly
- Commission on Government Administration
- Committee on Cities
- Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions
- Committee on Election Law
- Committee on Environmental Conservation
- Committee on Housing
- Committee on Labor
- Task Force on Puerto Rican/Hispanic
Kavanagh has been awarded the League of Conservation Voters Eco-Star Award, the highest rating of any legislator in 2010 from Environmental Advocates of New York, the City University of New York's Baruch College Legislator of the Year Award, the Samuel J. Tilden Club's Democratic Leadership Award, and a perfect rating from the League of Humane Voters.
Brian P. Kavanagh ... 5,213 Sylvia M. Friedman ... 4,857 Esther Yang ... 1,022 Juan Pagan ... 807
Brian P. Kavanagh (DEM) ... 21,875 Sylvia M. Friedman (WOR) ... 3,855 Frank J. Scala (REP) ... 3,576
Before serving in the Assembly, as Chief of Staff for New York City Councilmember Gale Brewer, Kavanagh negotiated enactment of the Domestic Worker Protection Act, promoting the rights of housekeepers and caregivers. With then-Councilmember Bill Perkins, Councilmember Brewer, and dozens of their colleagues on the Council, Kavanagh helped to draft and secure passage of Council Resolution 549, opposing the imminent invasion of Iraq.
Kavanagh began government service as an aide to Mayor Ed Koch and has served in three mayoral administrations. After the Happy Land Social Club fire claimed the lives of 87 people in 1990, Kavanagh helped coordinate the city's response to the tragedy on behalf of Mayor David Dinkins, co-designing a task force that shut down the most grievous fire code offenders. At the Mayor's Office, Brian also played a key role in launching the Department of Homeless Services, and he then served as the agency's first Policy Director.
Kavanagh has served as a counselor, volunteer, and board member at the Lower East Side's Nativity middle school and community center, on advisory boards of several other schools and nonprofits, and as a board member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, which places college graduates in full-time volunteer positions promoting social justice and community empowerment. He has also worked as an attorney and advocate at Demos, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, on a nationwide effort to secure the voting rights of low-income citizens. He is a member of the New York City Bar Association and has served on the Association's Election Law Committee.
Kavanagh announced his endorsement for the following candidates in the 2013 New York City primary elections:
- Public Adovocate Bill de Blasio for NYC Mayor
- State Senator Daniel Squadron for NYC Public Advocate
- Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer for NYC Comptroller
- Council Member Gale Brewer for Manhattan Borough President
- "State Assembly: Brian P. Kavanagh (D), District 74". Capitol Info. Archived from the original on April 3, 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
- "Assembly District 74, Brian Kavanagh: Biography". New York State Assembly. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
- "Democratic Primary Election Results, 74th Assembly District: September 12, 2006" (PDF). New York City Board of Elections. September 27, 2006. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
- "General Election Results, State Assembly: November 7, 2006" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 14, 2006. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
- "General Election Results, State Assembly: November 4, 2008" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 4, 2008. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
- "General Election Results, State Assembly: November 2, 2010" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 13, 2010. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
- New York State Assembly: Brian Kavanagh
- Brian Kavanagh's Official Website
- Vote Smart: Assembly Member Brian P. Kavanagh (NY)
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|New York State Assembly, 74th District