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Martin Golden
Martin Golden
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 22nd district
In office
January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2018
Preceded bySeymour P. Lachman
Succeeded byAndrew Gounardes
Member of the New York City Council
from the 43rd District
In office
January 1, 1998 – December 31, 2002
Preceded bySal F. Albanese
Succeeded byVincent J. Gentile
Personal details
Born (1950-09-22) September 22, 1950 (age 69)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceBay Ridge, Brooklyn
Alma materSt. John's University

Martin J. Golden (born September 22, 1950)[1] is an American politician from Brooklyn, New York, one of the five boroughs of New York City. A Republican, Golden represented the 43rd district in the New York City Council from 1998 to 2002 and represented District 22 in the New York State Senate from 2003 to 2018.

Early life, family, and early career[edit]

Golden is the oldest of eight children born to Irish immigrants who settled in Bay Ridge.[2] Golden attended St. Patrick's and Our Lady of Angels Grammar Schools, New York School of Printing, and John Jay College. He holds an associate degree from St. John's University.[3] Golden and his wife, Colleen, have two children, Michael and P.J.[2]

Golden is a retired New York City police officer. He received 49 commendations during his seven years as an officer in the New York City Police Department.[4] He served from 1973 until 1976 in the 67th Precinct, whereupon he was laid off due to the fiscal crisis.[5] He was rehired in 1978. In 1978, Golden faced an Internal Affairs Investigation and a disciplinary proceeding for losing his service weapon, which he claimed was a result of his mother discarding the firearm along with an old train set while he was away "on a vacation cruise".[4] According to Golden, he suffered a career-ending injury in 1981; while witnessing a suspected drug deal, he chased the suspect, was struck by a car, and suffered a broken arm and ligament damage to his legs. Golden has said that he retired the following year and received a three-quarters disability pension.[5]

Political career[edit]

From 1998 through 2002, Golden represented the 43rd Council District in the New York City Council. Golden was first elected to represent Brooklyn's 22nd Senate District in 2002. The 22nd State Senate District includes the neighborhoods of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Gravesend, Manhattan Beach, and parts of Sheepshead Bay, Borough Park and Midwood.[3]

In 2011, Golden voted against legalizing same-sex marriage in New York, stating that he considered it a "destruction of the sacrament of marriage."[6]

Golden voted in favor of the gun control law known as the NY SAFE Act in January 2013.[7]

In 2013, Golden was a vocal opponent of traffic enforcement cameras.[8] In 2017, he described plans to expand the number of speed cameras near public schools in New York City as "non-starters".[9] While in May 2018, he stated support for legislation that would double the number of speed cameras in New York City, this concession came only after Republican members of the State Senate worked to reduce the number of speed cameras from the proposed 750 to just 290.[10] In June 2018, Golden co-sponsored legislation to eliminate all speed cameras after six months.[11]

In February 2015, the New York Post reported that Golden had "proposed legislation requiring the state Health Department to inspect abortion clinics at least once every two years."[12]

Following the murder of NYPD Officer Randolph Holder in 2015, Golden wrote legislation that would prevent anyone with two or more felony convictions from entering a drug treatment program as an alternative to imprisonment. Tyrone Howard, the killer of Officer Holder, had a long history of arrests but was still allowed into a diversion program in early 2015.[13] The bill passed the Senate in 2017.[14]

In June 2017, approximately 150 protesters rallied outside Golden's office in support of the New York Health Act, an act to establish a single-payer healthcare system in New York.[15] Golden and his staff reportedly declined the protesters' request for him to hold a healthcare townhall.[16]

Martin Golden protests the proposed site of a hotel in March 2018.

Golden has been a vocal opponent of a proposed hotel that sits directly across from a P.S. 104 in Bay Ridge. Golden stated, "We don't want to put a hotel where we so desperately need classrooms." Since March 2018, Golden has attended three protests at the vacant lot. Golden started a petition online to help garner more support for the protest of the proposed hotel.[17][18][19]

In September 2018, The New York Times described Golden as follows:

Mr. Golden, a former police officer who is looking to win a ninth term, remains a popular figure in the [22nd] district. He has consistently won support from both Republicans and Democrats, who know him for his omnipresence at scholarship dinners and senior citizens' birthday parties. He ran unopposed in four of his elections, even though Democrats hold a two-to-one voter registration advantage in the district...[20]

In his 2018 re-election bid, Golden was defeated by Democratic challenger Andrew Gounardes by 1,100 votes.[21]


On August 6, 2005, Golden struck a 74-year-old woman with his SUV while she attempted to cross the street against the light. Golden provided help to the woman and witnesses said he "was visibly shaken by the accident" and that night "went to the hospital to check on her condition."[22] The NYPD determined Golden was not at fault and no charges were filed. The woman died six months later, and Golden paid her family a $750,000 settlement over a negligence and recklessness lawsuit.[23]

In 2011, the New York Daily News reported that Golden spent just under $40,000 in campaign funds at the Bay Ridge Manor, a catering hall in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, that is owned by Golden's brother. Golden is the former owner of the business, but sold it to his brother in 2002. As of August 2011, Golden still owned the building that housed the business and still received rent from his brother for the Bay Ridge Manor.[24] An investigation revealed that since Golden became Senator in 2002, he had paid $355,000 in campaign money to the Bay Ridge Manor. Golden denied nepotism, but was criticized by Michael Murphy, Susan Lerner, and other politicians for this action.[24] In 2014, Golden's campaign finances were the subject of an investigation by then-U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.[25] In December 2017, the Albany Times Union reported that Golden had spent more than $797,000 in campaign funds at the Bay Ridge Manor.[26]

In 2012, Golden advertised an etiquette class for women to help them be successful in the workplace that included strategies such as "walking up and down stairs elegantly"[27] and "sitting, standing, and walking like a model."[28] This event, which was taxpayer-funded, was heavily criticized, and Golden eventually cancelled it.[29]

In July 2015, Senator Golden made a controversial joke on his Facebook page regarding marijuana and same-sex marriage, stating "It all makes sense now. Gay marriage and marijuana being legalized on the same day. Leviticus 20:13 – 'if a man lays with another man he should be stoned.' We've just been interpreting it wrong all these years," Golden has since deleted this comment.[30]

In February 2017, Golden--speaking in defense of President Donald Trump's executive order barring persons from certain majority-Muslim nations from entering the United States--made the following inaccurate claim: "A number of [the terrorists] that drove the planes into the — 9-11 — into the building at World Trade Center that killed 3,000 Americans — are you ready for this? They were in this community, they lived here in Bay Ridge, they were visiting in this community". Golden's spokesman, John Quaglione, later claimed that Golden had confused the 9-11 attacks with the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center; one of the 1993 attackers had, in fact, lived in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.[31][32]

In June 2017, while endorsing his staffer, John Quaglione, in a local City Council race, Golden was overheard referring derisively to one of Quaglione's Democratic challengers as "Fat Boy" in front of reporters, warning a reporter present who had taken note of the gaffe not to print it or "[she] would never have a sit-down with [him] again."[33]

In December 2017, a bicyclist, Brian Howland, who is also an activist and sits on Brooklyn Community Board 2's transportation committee, alleged that Golden, while a passenger in a vehicle that was driving illegally in the bicycle lane, impersonated a police officer and threatened to arrest him if he did not yield to Golden's vehicle. The New York Post reported that Golden's car's plate number was associated with "more than 30 traffic violations over the last four years."[34]

Following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in 2018, Golden fired a staffer named Anthony Testaverde who had shared Twitter posts comparing activist David Hogg to Hitler and Nazi Youth.[35][36]


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  2. ^ a b "Senator Marty Golden Official Website". Retrieved December 23, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Senator Martin J. Golden". New York Senate. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "EX-COP GOLDEN TO REVEAL PAST". New York Daily News. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "EX-COP POL FACES FOE ON DISABILITY PAY". New York Daily News. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  6. ^ "Same-sex marriage is all in the family for Golden". The Brooklyn Paper.
  7. ^ "Senator Golden Celebrates The Return Of Three Bullets To NY Guns - BKLYNER".
  8. ^ "Targeting Marty Golden, speed-camera enemy number one". Politico.
  9. ^ "Speed Cameras Get Traction in Albany, But Marty Golden Promises to Obstruct". May 15, 2017.
  10. ^ DeJesus, Jaime (May 9, 2018). "Advocates rally in Bay Ridge for safer streets". Brooklyn Reporter.
  11. ^ "NY State Senate Bill S9123". NY State Senate. June 22, 2018. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  12. ^ Campanile, Carl (February 9, 2015). "NY abortion clinics 'inspected less than pizzerias': radio ads".
  13. ^ Blain, Glenn. "NY lawmaker wants to make it harder for career criminals to enter diversion programs". New York Daily News.
  14. ^ "NY State Senate Bill S27". New York Senate. December 28, 2016.
  15. ^ "Healthcare bill a Golden chance, protesters say". Brooklyn Eagle.
  16. ^ Zagare, Liena (June 1, 2017). "Golden Snubs Health Care Rally Outside His Office". BKLYNER.
  17. ^ "Prospective new hotel across from P.S. 104 in Bay Ridge stirs controversy". Brooklyn Eagle.
  18. ^ "Classrooms Not Hotel Rooms". New York Senate. March 20, 2018.
  19. ^ "Bay Ridge residents protest proposed hotel". News 12 Networks. April 27, 2018.
  20. ^ Wang, Vivian (September 30, 2018). "To Flip the State Senate, Democrats Eye a Republican Redoubt. In Brooklyn". The New York Times. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  21. ^ "Marty Golden concedes State Senate Race".
  22. ^ "Legislator's S.U.V. Strikes Woman, 74". The New York Times. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  23. ^ Fanelli, James. "Cop-impersonating state Sen. Marty Golden knocked 74-year-old pedestrian into coma with 2005 wreck, paid out $750G settlement". New York Daily News. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  24. ^ a b Lovett, Kenneth (August 3, 2011). "Brooklyn pol Martin Golden pours in $39,000 to brother's catering business". New York Daily News. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  25. ^ "Bharara investigating state Sen. Golden's campaign finances". New York Post. October 9, 2014.
  26. ^ "Lawmaker's business boosted by aide's public campaign funds". Times Union (Albany).
  27. ^ lvladimirova (July 11, 2012). "Senator Martin Golden's Pesky Etiquette Class Isn't Going Away Quietly". BKLYNER.
  28. ^ Bean, Bensonhurst (July 3, 2012). "Golden Draws Feminist Ire For Seminar Teaching Women To "Walk Up And Down A Stair Elegantly"". BKLYNER.
  29. ^ "Sen. Marty Golden Holding Event Teaching The "Feminine Presence" [UPDATED]". City & State.
  30. ^ "State Senator Deletes Joke About Gay Marriage From Facebook Page". The New York Observer. July 6, 2015. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  31. ^ "Pol made up Brooklyn's 9-11 connection to defend Trump travel ban". The Brooklyn Paper.
  32. ^ "Unpacking Marty Golden's 9/11 Hijacker B.S." Hey Ridge.
  33. ^ "Golden gaffe: State senator insults Dem Council candidate". Brooklyn Daily.
  34. ^ "Politician impersonated cop to get past me in bike lane: cyclist". New York Post. December 12, 2017.
  35. ^ Conley, Kristian (March 26, 2018). "State senator's aide compared student protester to Hitler". New York Post. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  36. ^ Manskar, Noah. "NYC Senator Axes Staffer Who Compared Parkland Teen To Hitler". Patch Media. Retrieved April 18, 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sal Albanese
New York City Council, 43rd District
Succeeded by
Vincent J. Gentile
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Seymour P. Lachman
New York State Senate, 22nd District
Succeeded by
Andrew Gounardes
Preceded by
Ruben Diaz
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Aging
January 2011–January 2011
Succeeded by
David Valesky
Preceded by
Bill Larkin
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Civil Service and Pensions
January 2011–January 2019
Succeeded by
Andrew Gounardes