Charles Lavine

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Charles D. Lavine
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 13th district
Assumed office
Preceded by David Sidikman
Personal details
Born (1947-08-14) August 14, 1947 (age 67)[1]
Marinette, Wisconsin[1]
Political party Democratic
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, including Glen Cove, Sea Cliff, Glenwood Landing, Bayville, Old Bethpage, and parts of Glen Head, Locust Valley, Mill Neck, Oyster Bay, Centre Island, Cold Spring Harbor, Syosset, Woodbury, Plainview, Bethpage, Farmingdale, Hicksville, Westbury/New Cassel, Jericho, East Hills, Greenvale, Roslyn, Roslyn Heights and Roslyn Harbor.[2]

Early life, education and career[edit]

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]

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.

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

New York State Assemblyman[edit]

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[3] and later that year won the seat at the general election, taking office in 2005.

Tenure and issues[edit]

During the 2010 legislative session Charles Lavine was assigned to the codes, health, judiciary, social services, higher education, and insurance committees. He also served as the chair of the subcommittee on trusts and estates.[4]

LGBT Rights

Lavine supports LGBT rights including same-sex marriage as well as opposing gender discrimination.[5] In 2009, he sponsored A7732 that would allow "same-sex couples the same opportunity to enter into civil marriages as opposite-sex couples".[6] Lavine sponsored A5710, a bill that would prohibit "discrimination based on gender identity or expression" and would define "gender identity or expression" as "having or being perceived as having a gender identity, self image, appearance, behavior or expression whether or not that gender identity, self image, appearance, behavior or expression is different from that traditionally associated with the sex assigned to that person at birth." In 2011, Lavine renewed his support for this legislation.[7]

Electoral History[edit]

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%


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Charles D. Lavine: Biography". New York State Assembly. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Charles D. Lavine - Assembly District 13". New York State Assembly. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  3. ^ Cooper, Michael (September 16, 2004). "Incumbents Lose, Albany Shudders". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "Charles D. Lavine: Committee Membership". New York State Assembly. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  5. ^ "CBS News". CBS News. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "New York State Assembly". New York State Assembly. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "". Retrieved 26 August 2014. 

External links[edit]

New York Assembly
Preceded by
David Sidikman
New York State Assembly, 13th District