Biography

Assemblymember Charles D. Lavine
Charles David Lavine represents the 13th Assembly District, which consists of portions of northeastern Nassau County. He serves as Chair of the Committee on Election Law and is a member of the committees on Codes, Ethics and Guidance, Health, Insurance and Judiciary.

Lavine previously served as Chair of the Committee on Ethics and Guidance, co-Chair of the New York State Legislative Ethics Commission and as Chair of the Task-Force established to produce an Assembly Speaker’s Policy on Sexual Harassment, Retaliation and Discrimination. Each of these entities is and was bipartisan.

Assemblymember Lavine is dedicated to fighting for legislation that will make New York an even better place to live. His passion for a more transparent and efficient government has motivated him to author legislation that will strip corrupt public officials of their pensions. The Assemblymember is also a proponent of campaign finance reform and ethics legislation.

To keep our families safe, Assemblymember Lavine has sponsored legislation that will increase penalties for criminals who use high capacity firearm magazines and legislation that will help to halt the trafficking of illegal weapons into New York.

Alarmed by the number of veterans living in poverty and with mental health disorders, he authored legislation to identify former military members in need and coordinate the necessary services to improve their lives.

Lavine is also a proud sponsor of the legislation that resulted in Marriage Equality in New York State.

As President of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Jewish Legislators and as a member of its national board of directors, Lavine is an effective voice for the Jewish community and for the state of Israel. He is a steadfast advocate for a strong alliance between the United States and Israel.

Lavine has served as Chair of the Assembly Administrative Regulations Review Commission. He champions reforms and legislation to streamline the regulatory processes of New York State governmental agencies and authorities, advocating on behalf of small businesses to increase governmental efficiency.

The Assemblymember grew up in Marinette, Wisconsin, Menominee, Michigan, Manistique, Michigan and Green Bay, Wisconsin. He graduated from Marinette High School in 1965 and from the University of Wisconsin in 1969 with a B.A. in English Literature. While at Wisconsin, he was director of the Robert Theobald lectures presented by the University’s Symposium Committee. He also served as a chairman of the fact-finding commission of United Students for Action, a civil rights advocacy group that recommended that the University divest its interests in companies that dealt with South Africa, which then practiced apartheid. The University subsequently ended its investments in those corporations.

A 1972 graduate of New York Law School, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Moot Court Board, Chairman of the Student Curriculum Committee and was a member of the Student Bar Association which awarded him its Exceptional Service Award. In connection with his service on the Moot Court Board, Mr. Lavine was the editor of a publication titled Student Guide to Appellate Advocacy.

Between 1972 and 1976, Assemblyman Lavine was a public defender with the Legal Aid Society of the City of New York. He was selected as one of the original members of the pioneering Continuity Unit, which provided each client with a single attorney throughout the processing of the entire case. Prior to that, clients were represented by a succession of attorneys, with no single lawyer having full responsibility for the case. That innovative approach would eventually be adopted as the model for the manner in which Public Defender Organizations currently provide legal services.

As a private attorney, Assemblymember Lavine had offices in Queens County and lower Manhattan, specializing in the defense of complex criminal litigation. He played a role in many of the cases that captured headlines over the course of his career. Since his Assembly election, he serves as a full-time legislator.

Assemblymember Lavine has lived in the City of Glen Cove since 1980. He served as lawyer to the Glen Cove Community Development Agency and the Industrial Development Agency. He was lead counsel in the City’s successful lawsuit permitting it to develop a movie theater in its downtown.

In 2000, Assemblymember Lavine was appointed to the Glen Cove Planning Board and in May of 2003, he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Glen Cove City Council; a position to which he was subsequently elected. In 2004, he was elected to the New York State Assembly.

He is married to Ronnie, a retired public-school educator and active Planned Parenthood of Nassau County volunteer. They are the proud parents of two children and three grandchildren.