Charles Lavine

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Charles D. Lavine
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 13th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
2004
Preceded by David Sidikman
Personal details
Born (1947-08-14) August 14, 1947 (age 67)[1]
Marinette, Wisconsin[1]
Political party Democrat[2]
Spouse(s) Ronnie[1]
Children two: Gregory, Andria[1]
Residence Glen Cove, New York[1]
Alma mater University of Wisconsin
New York Law School[1]
Profession Lawyer
Website Official website

Charles D. "Chuck" Lavine (born August 14, 1947)[1] represents District 13 in the New York State Assembly, which comprises communities located in and around Nassau County.[3] Lavine is a member of the democratic party and serves as chair of the Committee on Ethics and Guidance, co-chair of the New York State Legislative Ethics Commission and is a member of the committees on Codes, Health, Higher Education, Insurance, Judiciary, and Social Services.[4][2]

Early life and education

Lavine was born in Marinette, Wisconsin. He graduated from Marinette High School in 1965 and received a B.A. degree in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1969. After coming to New York, he earned a J.D. from New York Law School in 1972.[1]

Lavine has been a Glen Cove resident since 1980. He and his wife Ronnie have two grown children, Gregory and Andria.[1]

Career

From 1972 to 1976 worked as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of New York. From 1977 to 1995 he served as a partner in the law firm of Grossman, Lavine & Rinaldo in Forest Hills, New York. Since 1996, he has been a sole practitioner specializing in criminal defense work.

In 2000 Nassau County Executive and Glen Cove Mayor Thomas Suozzi appointed Lavine to the Glen Cove Planning Board. In May 2003 Lavine was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Glen Cove City Council, a position to which he was subsequently elected. In 2004 he successfully ran in the Democratic Party primary election for an Assembly seat against six-term incumbent David S. Sidikman[5] and later that year won the seat at the general election, taking office in 2005.

Legislation and Policy Positions

Anti-Sexual Harassment Investigations

As Chair of the Committee on Ethics, Lavine led the investigation of former Assemblyman Vito Lopez for sexual harassment of female staffers, eventually imposing a $330,000 fine in 2013.[6]

Appointments to the Board of Regents

Lavine voted on March 11, 2014 to re-appoint three members (James Cottrell, Wade Norwood, and Christine Cea) to the Board of Regents, the body responsible for overseeing state education policy and implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Unlike Lavine, several Republican elected officials from Long Island voted against the three incumbent regents seeking re-election.[7]

Funding the Metropolitan Transit Authority

In 2009, he was one of 17 Democrats to cosponsor A8180, which increased several transportation-related fees to fund the operation of the Metropolitan Transit Authority (including rental car fees, DMV fees and the MTA fee on self-employed workers).[8]

LGBT Rights

Lavine supports LGBT rights including same-sex marriage as well as opposing gender discrimination.[9] In 2009, he sponsored A7732 that would allow "same-sex couples the same opportunity to enter into civil marriages as opposite-sex couples".[10] Lavine sponsored A5710, a bill that would prohibit "discrimination based on gender identity or expression." In 2011, Lavine renewed his support for this legislation.[11]

Traffic Cameras

In 2014, Lavine sponsored legislation to authorize Speed Cameras to be installed in Nassau County school districts.[12] He also voted to bring red-light traffic cameras to Nassau County.[13]

Temporary New York State Income Tax Surcharge

In 2011, Lavine supported an extension of the temporary New York State income tax surcharge on individuals earning over $200,000 annually.[14][15] This temporary surcharge was enacted in January 2009 to balance the New York State budget.[15][16] It will expire on December 31, 2011.[14][15]

Veteran's Services

In 2013, Lavine sponsored A2189, which would improve health care services for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injuries.[17]

Election results

2012 New York State Assembly General Election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles Lavine (Incumbent) 29,089 63.3%
Republican Louis Imbroto 16,470 35.8%
Totals 45,954 100%

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Charles D. Lavine: Biography". New York State Assembly. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Editorial: Re-elect Charles Lavine in 13th Assembly District". Newsday. 24 October 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Charles D. Lavine - Assembly District 13". New York State Assembly. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  4. ^ "Biography". New York State Assembly. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Cooper, Michael (September 16, 2004). "Incumbents Lose, Albany Shudders". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/12/nyregion/vito-lopez-fined-330000-in-sexual-abuse-case.html
  7. ^ No Consensus Among Local Legislators in Tuesday's NYS Board of Regents Vote, North Word news, 15 March 2014 (updated 19 March 2014). Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  8. ^ "A8180-2009: Relates to implementing various supplemental fees and taxes for the metropolitan commuter transportation district; repealer". New York State Senate. May 7, 2009. Archived from the original on February 28, 2011. 
  9. ^ "CBS News". CBS News. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "New York State Assembly". New York State Assembly. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "OpenSenate.gov". OpenSenate.gov. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  12. ^ http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=A09206&term=2013&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Votes=Y&Memo=Y&Text=Y
  13. ^ "Assembly Authorizes Red Light Cameras In Nassau And Suffolk Counties, Buffalo, Rochester And Yonkers". Assembly.state.ny.us. April 6, 2009. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  14. ^ a b Roy, Yancey (March 7, 2011). "Dems' letter to Cuomo: Keep tax on wealthy". Newsday. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  15. ^ a b c Moreno, Tonya (June 15, 2010). "State Income Tax Changes". About.com. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  16. ^ "Governor Paterson, Senate Majority Leader Smith, and Assembly Speaker Silver Announce Budget Agreement to Close Largest Budget Gap in State History". New York State Division of Budget. March 29, 2009. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  17. ^ http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/A2189A-2013

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
David Sidikman
New York State Assembly, 13th District
2005–present
Incumbent