Brian P. Kavanagh

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Brian Kavanagh
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Brian P. Kavanagh
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 74th district
Assumed office
January 2007
Preceded by Sylvia M. Friedman
Personal details
Born (1967-01-18) January 18, 1967 (age 48)[1]
Staten Island, New York[1]
Political party Democratic
Residence East Side, Manhattan
Alma mater Princeton University
NYU School of Law[2]
Profession lawyer, politician
Website Official website

Brian P. Kavanagh (born January 18, 1967)[1] 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.[2] 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.[2]

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.[2][3] Kavanagh is the co-chair of the New York chapter of State Legislators Against Illegal Guns.[4] He is also the Chair of the New York State Caucus of Environmental Legislators, a non-partisan coalition of over 30 members of the NYS legislature.[5]

New York State Assembly[edit]


  • Chair
    • Commission on Government Administration
  • Member
    • 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,[6] the City University of New York's Baruch College Legislator of the Year Award,[7] the Samuel J. Tilden Club's Democratic Leadership Award, and a perfect rating from the League of Humane Voters.[8]

Election results[edit]

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
Brian P. Kavanagh (DEM - WOR) ... 38,777
Bryan A. Cooper (REP) ... 6,684
Brian P. Kavanagh (DEM - WOR) ... 23,071
Dena Winokur (REP) ... 4,332
Brian P. Kavanagh ... 3,286
Juan Pagan ... 1,223
Brian P. Kavanagh (DEM - WOR) ... 34,736
Brian P. Kavanagh (DEM - WOR) ... 15,588
Bryan A. Cooper (REP) ... 2,738

Professional Background[edit]

Before serving in the Assembly, as Chief of Staff for current Manhattan Borough President and then New York City CouncilmemberGale Brewer, Kavanagh negotiated enactment of the Domestic Worker Protection Act, promoting the rights of housekeepers and caregivers.[16] 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.[17]

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.[16] 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.[17]

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.[17]

Political Endorsements[edit]

Kavanagh announced his endorsement for the following candidates in the 2013 New York City primary elections:

Personal life[edit]

Kavanagh is one of six children of an Irish-immigrant police officer and a community leader in Staten Island who worked at a local newspaper.[17] He currently lives in his district in the East Side of Manhattan.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "State Assembly: Brian P. Kavanagh (D), District 74". Capitol Info. Archived from the original on April 3, 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Assembly District 74, Brian Kavanagh: Biography". New York State Assembly. Retrieved April 14, 2011. 
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  9. ^ "Democratic Primary Election Results, 74th Assembly District: September 12, 2006" (PDF). New York City Board of Elections. September 27, 2006. Retrieved April 14, 2011. 
  10. ^ "General Election Results, State Assembly: November 7, 2006" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 14, 2006. Retrieved April 14, 2011. 
  11. ^ "General Election Results, State Assembly: November 4, 2008" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 4, 2008. Retrieved April 14, 2011. 
  12. ^ "General Election Results, State Assembly: November 2, 2010" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 13, 2010. Retrieved April 14, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Democratic Primary Election Results, 74th Assembly District: September 13, 2012" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. September 27, 2012. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  14. ^ ["" "General Election Results, State Assembly: November 6, 2012"] (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. March 20, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  15. ^ ["" "2014 election results: Complete list of New York winners ]"]. Syracuse Post Standard. November 5, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
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External links[edit]

New York Assembly
Preceded by
Sylvia Friedman
New York State Assembly, 74th District