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Charles D. Lavine | General Election Voters Guide

Charles D. Lavine is running for New York State Assemblyman - 13th District

Charles D. Lavine

Lavine said he was called on to argue the passage of the ethics reform bill in the closing minutes of the legislative session, and was pleased it passed unanimously. He added, however, that “many of us would have like to have seen something stronger.” He said he is an advocate of regional development councils, which allow an appointed committee to decide where economic aid should be sent. The greatest challenge is to protect the environment, Lavine said, including greenhouse gas emissions, which is slated to be cut by 50 percent by 2050, and removing pollutants from the aquifer. Lavine is a proponent of campaign finance reform, he said, including public financing of elections, adding it should start with judges. “It makes no sense whatsoever to have them raise money for their political campaigns,” he said.

Lavine, 69, of Glen Cove is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality lines. He has been an assemblyman for 12 years, is chairman of the standing committee on ethics and guidance and serves on the codes, health, fire education, insurance and judiciary committee. He co-chairs the New York State legislative ethics commission. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and his law degree from New York Law School. He is president of the New York chapter and is on the board of directors of the National Association of Jewish Legislators and is a member of the board of directors for the Nassau County Jewish Lawyers Association. He is a founding member of the bipartisan pro-abortion-rights caucus of legislators. He and his wife have two children.