Randy Levine

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Randy Levine
Born (1955-02-22) February 22, 1955 (age 62)
Brooklyn, New York
Alma mater Hofstra University
Occupation President of the New York Yankees (2000-present)

Randy Lewis Levine (born February 22, 1955) is an American attorney and the president of the New York Yankees baseball club, a position he has held since January 2000.[1]

Early life[edit]

Randy Lewis Levine, a Jewish American, was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Isaac and Arlene L. (née Rosenfeld) Levine.[2][3]

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University in 1977 and a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 1980.[3] Levine sits on the Board of Trustees at George Washington University.[4] He is a member of the New York Bar. Randy is a 1973 graduate of Oceanside High School in Nassau County on Long Island.

Career[edit]

Levine served as principal associate deputy attorney general and principal deputy associate attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice during the Reagan administration. He resigned in 1988.

After five years in private practice, he served as New York City’s Labor Commissioner from 1994-1995.[3]

He was the chief labor negotiator for Major League Baseball[5] and negotiated the 1996 MLB labor agreement.

He left Major League Baseball to become New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Planning and Administration from 1997 to 2000. In January 2000, he announced his resignation from Rudy Giuliani's administration, citing a return to private practice; he was named president of the Yankees the next day.[1]

President of the New York Yankees (2000-present)[edit]

Since the 2000 season, Levine has served as President of the Yankees. During his tenure the team has won World Series championships in 2000 and 2009.

In 2007, he was named to BusinessWeek's list of the 100 most influential people in sports, at number 77.[6]

He is also Of Counsel with the national labor and employment law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. [1]

In 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016 Levine won Emmy Awards as Executive Producer for YES Network's Forbes SportsMoney show.

Politics[edit]

Levine was a "bundler" for John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, and raised between $100,000 and $250,000 for McCain in 2008.[7]

Personal[edit]

Levine resides in Manhattan and also on his farm in Pawling, New York with his wife Mindy Franklin and their six dogs Zion, Otto, Little Rock Doc, Miss Lucy, Jemimah and Pearl V. He also has four horses, including two quarterhorses named Hanukah Harry and Olaf, the former runaway NYC carriage horse Oreo (now named Orion) and a mule rescued from a kill pen auction named Jitterbug. Levine hasp cows, as well, including two Charolais heifers and a Hereford-Angus cross. Levine also has a champion show dog Labrador Retriever named Hedgelawn's Sharper Image aka Mitch. [3] Levine is very active in animal rescue efforts and is a proponent of equine therapy for military veterans.

Fun Fact: Randy Levine has a sandwich named after him at the Parm restaurant on the Upper West Side. The ingredients include char siu pork and italian fries, two of Randy's favorite foods. [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Yanks have new president". The Cincinnati Post. 2000-01-06. p. 2C. 
  2. ^ Who's Who In America - 2009 (63 ed.). Marquis Who's Who. 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d Bodley, Hal (1996-03-20). "Baseball finds tireless fighter in Levine". USA Today. p. 6C. 
  4. ^ "Venture Capitalist George A. Coelho, M.B.A. '77; New York Yankees President Randy L. Levine, B.A. '77'; and Real Estate Entrepreneur Steven C. Roberts". States News Service. 2008-06-19. 
  5. ^ Firestone, David (1995-09-19). "Labor Chief for Giuliani To Leave for Baseball Job". The New York Times. p. B3. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  6. ^ "The Power 100" (4053). BusinessWeek. 2007-10-08. pp. 52–57. 
  7. ^ "Bundlers, John McCain". OpenSecrets.org. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  8. ^ https://media-cdn.getbento.com/accounts/7abc87c00b7ad13336b3641cf5cf15ee/media/menus_files/rU3LCBYNScKAkmFIqLsy_Parm%20UWS%20March%202017.pdf

Further reading[edit]

  • Ruttman, Larry (2013). "Randy Levine: President of the New York Yankees". American Jews and America's Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball. Lincoln, Nebraska and London, England: University of Nebraska Press. pp. 393–400. ISBN 978-0-8032-6475-5.