Charles D. Lavine

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Charles D. Lavine
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 13th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2005
Preceded byDavid Sidikman
Personal details
Born (1947-08-14) August 14, 1947 (age 72)[1]
Marinette, Wisconsin[1]
Political partyDemocrat[2]
Childrentwo: Gregory, Andria[1]
ResidenceGlen Cove, New York[1]
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin
New York Law School[1]
WebsiteOfficial website

Charles D. Lavine (born August 14, 1947)[1] is a member of the New York State Assembly, representing the 13th district, which includes portions of the towns of North Hempstead and Oyster Bay in Nassau County.[3] First elected in 2004, Lavine is a Democrat.

Early life and education[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]

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

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

In 2016 Lavine had announced that he would run for Nassau County Executive in 2017, saying he would want to weed out corruption and strengthen government ethics in Nassau as he has sought to do in the state Legislature.[5] In May 2017, Lavine dropped out of the race for Country Executive and endorsed Laura Curran for the position. [6]

In the Assembly, Lavine is the Chair of the Election Law Committee and is a member of the committees on Codes, Insurance, Judiciary, and Rules. Previously he served as chair of the Committee on Ethics and Guidance and co-chair of the New York State Legislative Ethics Commission.[2][7]

Legislation and Policy Positions[edit]

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.[8]

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.[9]

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 Transportation Authority (including rental car fees, DMV fees and the MTA fee on self-employed workers).[10]

LGBT Rights

Lavine supports LGBT rights including same-sex marriage as well as opposing gender discrimination.[11] In 2009, he sponsored A7732 that would allow "same-sex couples the same opportunity to enter into civil marriages as opposite-sex couples".[12] Lavine sponsored A5710, a bill that would prohibit "discrimination based on gender identity or expression." In 2011, Lavine renewed his support for this legislation.[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]

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]

Voting Rights

In April 2018, Lavine sponsored A09608B, a bill to allow early voting in the State of New York.[18] The bill died in the Republican-held State Senate. In 2019, after Democrats took back control of the State Senate, the bill was reintroduced on the first day of the legislative session and passed the Assembly and the State Senate.

Election results[edit]

2018 New York State Assembly General Election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles Lavine (Incumbent) 31,602 68.08%
Republican Andrew Monteleone 14,804 31.89%
Total votes 46,420 100%
2016 New York State Assembly General Election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles Lavine (Incumbent) 51,044 62.42%
Republican Jeffery S. Vitale 31,860 36.38%
Total votes 27,949 100
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%
Green Jeffery J. Peress 395 .9%
Total votes 45,954 100%
2010 New York State Assembly General Election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles Lavine (Incumbent) 21,594 55.9%
Republican Robert Germino 16,996 44.1%
Total votes 38,590 100%
2008 New York State Assembly General Election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles Lavine (Incumbent) 35,960 65.2%
Republican George McMenamin 19,118 34.8%
Total votes 55,078 100%
2006 New York State Assembly General Election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles Lavine (Incumbent) 24,160 59.9%
Republican Steve Gonzalez 12,600 31.2%
2004 New York State Assembly General Election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles Lavine 33,345' 51.5%
Republican Phillip Sciarillo Sr. 18,735 28.9%
Independence David Sidikman (Incumbent) 4,237 6.06%
Total votes 64,652 100%
2004 New York State Assembly Primary Election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles Lavine 3,507 52%
Democratic David Sidikman (Incumbent) 3,216 48%
Total votes 6,723 100%


  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. October 24, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  3. ^ "Charles D. Lavine - Assembly District 13". New York State Assembly. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
  4. ^ Cooper, Michael (September 16, 2004). "Incumbents Lose, Albany Shudders". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "Charles Lavine to run for Nassau County executive". Newsday.
  6. ^ "Lavine drops out, endorses Curran for Nassau county executive". News 12.
  7. ^ "Biography". New York State Assembly. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  8. ^
  9. ^ No Consensus Among Local Legislators in Tuesday's NYS Board of Regents Vote, North Word news, March 15, 2014 (updated March 19, 2014). Retrieved October 14, 2014.
  10. ^ "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 June 3, 2010.
  11. ^ "CBS News". CBS News. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  12. ^ "New York State Assembly". New York State Assembly. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  13. ^ "". Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  14. ^ Roy, Yancey (March 7, 2011). "Dems' letter to Cuomo: Keep tax on wealthy". Newsday. Retrieved March 12, 2011.
  15. ^ a b Moreno, Tonya (June 15, 2010). "State Income Tax Changes". Retrieved March 12, 2011.
  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 March 12, 2011.
  17. ^
  18. ^ "New York State Assembly | Bill Search and Legislative Information". Retrieved April 20, 2018.

External links[edit]

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