Jonathan Bing

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Jonathan L. Bing
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 73rd district
In office
Preceded by John Ravitz
Succeeded by Dan Quart
Personal details
Born New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Meredith Ballew; 1 child
Residence New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater  • University of Pennsylvania
 • New York University School of Law
Occupation Attorney

Jonathan L. Bing is an American attorney and politician. He was a member of the United States Democratic Party who represented the 73rd Assembly District of the New York State Assembly.[1]

Political career[edit]

A resident of Manhattan's East Side for two decades, Bing was first elected to the New York State Assembly in November 2002 from the 73rd Assembly District in Manhattan. That district includes the Upper East Side, East Midtown, Sutton Place and Turtle Bay communities. Bing was re-elected in 2010, having received two-thirds of the vote in a district that had been represented by a Republican Assembly member for twelve years prior to 2002.[citation needed]

During his nine years in the assembly, Bing wrote 85 pieces of legislation that passed the assembly, 35 of which were signed into law. During the 2010 session, Bing wrote ten bills that passed the assembly, five of which passed both houses of the legislature and were signed into law. His 2010 legislative successes included the law which provides for no-fault divorce in New York State, ending the state's notoriety as the only jurisdiction in the nation without this provision. Bing also wrote a law to allow cultural and higher education institutions more flexibility with their endowments, allowing them to preserve jobs and programs during difficult economic times. Bing wrote two laws in 2010 (Chapters 441 and 443) intended to reduce administrative burdens in the insurance and real estate brokerage industries. Bing's bill to authorize cameras in New York City's Select Bus Service lanes was included in the 2010–11 budget, and his legislation to create an arts education advisory panel for the New York City schools was voluntarily adopted by the New York City Department of Education.

Bing wrote a bill signed into law in August 2006 that expanded the statute of limitations for workers' compensation claims made by 9/11 rescue, recovery and clean-up workers, allowing hundreds to get benefits. In 2009, the governor signed into law Bing's bill to increase criminal and civil penalties against those who falsify construction records or illegally assist people with government licensing examinations as had been alleged with regard to two crane accidents that occurred on the East Side in 2008.[2]


Bing served on the Assembly's Health; Housing; Insurance; Judiciary; Social Services; and Tourism, Parks, Arts & Sports Development Committees. He was appointed Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Oversight, Analysis and Investigation in February 2011, after previously serving as the chair of the Committee on Libraries and Education Technology, the Legislative Task Force on People with Disabilities and the Subcommittee on Mitchell-Lama Housing.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Prior to his 2002 election, Bing was a practicing attorney in Manhattan. After serving as law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Bruce M. Van Sickle, Bing joined the law firm Torys LLP in 1996 as an attorney in its labor and employment practice group. He wrote the award-winning[3] legal article "Protecting the Mentally Retarded from Capital Punishment: State Efforts Since Penry and Recommendations for the Future" for the New York University Review of Law and Social Change.

After September 11, Bing was chosen to organize over 250 attorneys as the New York Coordinator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency/American Bar Association's Disaster Legal Services program which provided free, comprehensive legal assistance to nearly a thousand New Yorkers affected by the terrorist attacks.[citation needed]

Bing lives in Turtle Bay with his wife, Meredith Ballew, Director of Fund Development for the Vanderbilt YMCA, and their daughter.


External links[edit]

New York Assembly
Preceded by
John Ravitz
New York State Assembly, 73rd District
Succeeded by
Dan Quart