Rory Lancman

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Rory I. Lancman
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Member of the New York City Council
from the 24th District
Assumed office
January 1, 2014
Preceded by James F. Gennaro
Constituency Queens: Fresh Meadows, Briarwood, Hillcrest, Jamaica Hills, Jamaica Estates, Kew Garden Hills.
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 25th District
In office
January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2012
Preceded by Brian McLaughlin
Succeeded by Nily Rozic
Personal details
Born (1969-03-01) March 1, 1969 (age 46)[1]
Queens, New York[1]
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Morgan
Children three
Residence Hillcrest, Queens
Alma mater Queens College
Columbia Law School
Profession Lawyer, Politician
Religion Jewish
Website New York State Assembly, 25th District

Rory I. Lancman (born March 1, 1969)[1] is a first-term City Councilmember representing New York City's 24th City Council District. The district covers Fresh Meadows, Briarwood, Hillcrest, Jamaica Hills, Jamaica Estates, Kew Garden Hills. Formerly, Lancman served as a New York State Assembly member, representing the 25th Assembly District in Queens from 2007-2013.

Early life and career[edit]

Lancman was born and raised in Queens, where he has lived in what is now the 24th City Council District for thirty-two years. He is a graduate of New York City Public School 164, Parsons Junior High School, and Hillcrest High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens College (City University of New York) in 1991 and a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School in 1995, to which he had transferred after a year at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.[1][2] He also served in the New York's 42nd Infantry Division.

Lancman served on Community Board 8[3] for over sixteen years, chairing first the Aging Committee and then the Youth & Education Committee. For five years he chaired the Queens Hospital Center Community Advisory Board, during which time he led the community's successful fight to rebuild the hospital and prevent its privatization. Additionally, Lancman was vice president of the Flushing Heights Civic Association, a board member of the Queens Jewish Community Council, a board member and chair of the legislative committee of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, a board member of the Brandeis Bar Association and a New York City Civil Court Small Claims Arbitrator. He continues to serve as a volunteer coach in the Auburndale Soccer League. Lancman served in New York’s own 42nd Infantry Division from 1988 to 1992, where he rose to the rank of First Lieutenant.[2]

In September 2007, he was named one of City Hall's "40 under 40" for being a young influential member of New York City politics.[4] Lancman has been awarded honors for service to the community by the New York State Occupational Health Clinics Network, the Greater New York Hospital Association, American Friends of Magen David Adom, the Sikh Community of the Gurdwara Baba Makhan Shan Lobana, Queens Hospital Center, the Northeast Queens Branch of the NAACP, the Neighborhood Preservation Alliance Foundation, the 102nd and 107th Precinct Community Councils, the Auburndale Soccer Club, the Richmond Hill Block Association, the New York Filipino American Basketball Association, and the Western New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health. He was also selected as a 2010 Council of State Governments Eastern Leadership Academy Fellow.[5]

New York State Assembly[edit]

First elected to the State Assembly in 2006, Lancman ran uncontested in the 2008 and 2010 general elections.[6][7] Lancman represented the 25th Assembly District in Queens, which includes the neighborhoods of Hillcrest, Fresh Meadows, Kew Gardens Hills, Parkway Village, Briarwood, Flushing, Bowne Park, Broadway-Flushing, Station Road, Auburndale, Kissena Park, Flushing Suburban, Hillcrest Estates, Jamaica Hills and Richmond Hill.

Lancman wrote and passed 19 laws during his three terms in the New York State Assembly.[8] His legislation has focused on topics such as workplace safety, homeland security, public safety and government reform. His work has earned him a reputation as a serious legislator and an aggressive advocate for progressive causes.[9]

During his time in the Assembly, Rory authored a number of laws, including:

  • The "Juvenile Justice Worker Protection Act,"[10] which requires private juvenile justice programs and facilities to comply with the New York State Workplace Violence Prevention Law.
  • The "Libel Terrorism Protection Act," [11] which protects authors and journalists from politically motivated overseas defamation judgments and which prompted congress to pass similar legislation on the national level. Lancman's Libel Terrorism Protection Act became a nationwide model adopted by Congress, and Lancman spoke to the British Parliament about his efforts to combat libel tourism that often originates under Britain's commonly abused libel laws.[12]
  • The "Freedom to Report Terrorism Act,"[13] which insulates citizens who report suspicious behavior to the police from harassing lawsuits.
  • The "Public Servant Soldier Salary Act," which requires New York City to pay city employees called to active military duty the difference in salary between their military pay and city pay while deployed, guaranteeing soldiers and their families financial stability.
  • The "Non-Profit Homeland Security Preparedness Study Act,"[14] which directed the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to study the security needs of New York’s non-profit institutions and to recommend strategies to make them safer.
  • The "Hospital Closure Planning Act," which requires the New York State Department of Health to conduct a public forum when a hospital closes and to establish a plan for ensuring the continuity of essential healthcare services in the affected neighborhoods
  • The "Public Schools Emergency Alert Act," which requires the New York City Department of Education to establish an electronic emergency alert notification system in public schools.
  • The "Access to Justice in Lending Act," [15] which gives homeowners who successfully defend against improper foreclosure proceedings the right to recover attorneys’ fees from their banks.
  • The "Jury Pool Fair Representation Act,"[16] which requires the recording of prospective jurors' demographic data to ensure that juries represent a fair cross-section of the community.
  • Legislation allowing parents and community members to receive instant e-mail alerts when a sex offender moves into their neighborhood.

Lancman also chaired the New York State Assembly Subcommittee on Workplace Safety.[17] Under his leadership, the committee has issued six substantive reports focusing on public sector workplace safety, emergency preparedness in the theater district, H1N1 risk for healthcare workers, and safe patient handling in nursing homes and hospitals. Lancman also advocated for the adoption of panic alert buttons in hotels after the Dominique Strauss-Kahn incident, which was later adopted by the hotel industry and the Hotel and Motel Trades Council in a later contract negotiation.[18]

2012 congressional campaign[edit]

In 2012, Lancman sought the Democratic nomination for New York's 6th congressional district. He faced New York City Council member Elizabeth Crowley and fellow Assembly member Grace Meng, and eventually lost to Meng. A large campaign war chest gave Lancman's campaign cause to believe they would emerge the victor,[19] but Meng went on to take it with over 50% of the vote.[20]

2013 City Council campaign[edit]

On November 19, 2012, Lancman declared his run for the 24th City Council district, seeking to succeed James F. Gennaro in the 2013 election.[21] Lancman won a score of endorsements, including the Queens County Democratic Party, the Working Families Party, the United Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, SEIU 32BJ, and 1199 SEIU.[22] Lancman defeated two other candidates in the primary and went on to win the general election in November 2013.

New York City Council[edit]

Lancman took office as the 24th District's City Councilmember on January 1, 2014. Lancman currently sits on the following Council Committees: Public Safety; Fire & Criminal Justice; Juvenile Justice; Environmental Protection; Consumer Affairs; Oversight & Investigations.

Council Member Lancman became the chair of a newly created committee on the New York City Council called the Committee on Courts and Legal Services. [23]

Published Articles[edit]

Lancman has authored numerous opinion articles, including:

  • "The Limits of Mayoral Philanthropy,"[24] Huffington Post, Dec. 9, 2013
  • "Sandy Recovery Must Include Safe Working Conditions,"[25] Huffington Post, Nov. 27, 2012
  • "Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israel Advocacy,"[26] Jerusalem Post, Nov. 7, 2011
  • "Beyond the Occupation,"[27] Huffington Post, Oct. 6, 2011
  • "Don't Reward the Palestinians' 'Lawfare' Campaign with Statehood: Make Peace with Israel First,"[28] New York Daily News, Sept. 22, 2011
  • "Wall Street’s Sheriff Needs Many More Deputies,"[29] Bloomberg View, May 3, 2011
  • "Court Rings False Note On False Confessions,"[5] N.Y. Law Journal, Apr. 11, 2011
  • "Beware Of The Wise Men, N.Y.," [5] Albany Times Union, Mar. 19, 2010
  • "A Political Frankenstein's Monster,"[30] N.Y. Law Journal, Feb. 9, 2010
  • "Protecting Our Journalists From Libel Terrorism,"[31] Human Events, Jan. 21, 2008
  • "Iran: Zero Margin For Error,"[32] N.Y. Sun, Dec. 5, 2007;
  • "Dems Must Confront Iran,"[33] New York Daily News, November 19, 2007
  • "State must protect future subprime borrowers,"[34] Newsday, Nov. 22, 2007.

Personal life[edit]

Lancman lives in Hillcrest, Queens, with his wife Morgan and their three children.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Assembly Member Rory I. Lancman (NY)". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 30, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "Assembly District 25, Rory I. Lancman: Biography". New York State Assembly. Retrieved March 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Lancman Biography". 
  4. ^ Rising Stars 40 Under 40: Rory Lancman, City & State, September 17, 2007.
  5. ^ a b c "Rory Lancman Biography". 
  6. ^ "Election Results 2008: New York State Legislature". The New York Times. 2008. 
  7. ^ "Election Results 2010: New York State Legislature". The New York Times. 2010. 
  8. ^ "Lancman Counters O’Reilly’s Opening Salvos". 
  9. ^ "Democrat in Bid to Reclaim Weiner’s Seat From G.O.P.". 
  10. ^ "Juvenile Justice Worker Protection Act bill summary". 
  11. ^ "Libel Terrorism Protection Act bill summary". 
  12. ^ "Lancman Gets British Props for Libel Law bill summary". 
  13. ^ "Freedom to Report Terrorism Act bill summary". 
  14. ^ "Non-Profit Homeland Security Preparedness Study Act bill summary". 
  15. ^ "Access to Justice in Lending Act bill summary". 
  16. ^ "Jury Pool Fair Representation Act bill summary". 
  17. ^ "Assembly Subcommittee on Workplace Safety". 
  18. ^ "New York City Hotels Promise Employees Panic Buttons". 
  19. ^ Campbell, Colin (4/2/12). "Rory Lancman Has $200,000 On Hand As Grace Meng Sets High Expectations". Politicker.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  20. ^ "A Breakthrough Candidate and Rising Star". The New York Times. 2012. 
  21. ^ "Rory Lancman Launches Campaign for Jim Gennaro’s Seat". Politicker. 2012. 
  22. ^ "Rory Lancman Endorsements". 
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  24. ^ Lancman, Rory (12/9/13). "The Limits of Mayoral Philanthropy". Huffington Post.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  25. ^ Lancman, Rory (11/27/12). "Sandy Recovery Must Include Safe Working Conditions". Huffington Post.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  26. ^ Lancman, Rory (11/12/11). "Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israel Advocacy". The Jerusalem Post.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  27. ^ Squadron, Lancman, Daniel, Rory (10/6/11). "Beyond the Occupation". Huffington Post.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  28. ^ Lancman, Ehrenfeld, Rory, Rachel (9/22/11). "Don't Reward the Palestinians' 'Lawfare' Campaign with Statehood: Make Peace with Israel First". NY Daily News.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  29. ^ Lancman, Rory (5/3/11). "Wall Street’s Sheriff Needs Many More Deputies". Bloomberg News.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  30. ^ Lancman, Rory (2/9/10). "A Political Frankenstein's Monster". New York Law Journal.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  31. ^ Lancman, Rory (1/21/08). "Protecting Our Journalists From Libel Terrorism". Human Events.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  32. ^ Lancman, Rory (12/5/07). [Iran: Zero Margin For Error "Iran: Zero Margin for Error"]. New York Sun.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  33. ^ Koch, Lancman, Rory, Ed (11/19/07). "Dems must confront Iran". NY Daily News.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  34. ^ Lancman, Rory (11/22/07). "State must protect future subprime borrowers". Newsday.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

External links[edit]

New York Assembly
Preceded by
Brian McLaughlin
New York State Assembly, 25th District
Succeeded by
Nily Rozic
Political offices
Preceded by
James F. Gennaro
New York City Council District 24