Chuck Lavine, 75, is a longstanding figure in state politics, having represented District 13 since 2005. He is seeking re-election on the Democratic Party and Working Families Party lines.
Lavine also serves as chair of the Judiciary Committee and is a member of the committees on Codes, Ethics and Guidance, Rules and Insurance.
Growing up in Wisconsin and Michigan, Lavine graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1969 with a B.A. in English Literature and from New York Law School in 1972. He has lived in Glen Cove since 1980.
Previously, Lavine served on the Glen Cove City Council, as a committee member, chairman and vice chair of the Glen Cove Democratic Committee and as a committee person for the Nassau County Democratic Committee. In 2004, he was elected to the state assembly.
Lavine spearheaded the push to bring Early Voting to New York State as chair of the Election Law Committee. He also served as chair of the Committee on Ethics and Guidance, co-chair of the New York State Legislative Ethics Commission and chair of the Taskforce that produced the Assembly Speaker’s Policy on Sexual Harassment, Retaliation and Discrimination.
Lavine is also the president of the National Association of Jewish Legislators’ New York Chapter and a member of its national board of directors. He is a staunch supporter of a strong alliance between the US and Israel.
Among Lavine’s top priorities are criminal justice, education and the environment, according to his campaign website.
Concerned about the number of veterans living in poverty and suffering from mental illnesses, he drafted legislation to identify former military members in need and coordinate the resources needed to better their lives.
Lavine was also a sponsor of the legislation that resulted in state-wide marriage equality.
Assembly District 13 comprises Glen Cove, Sea Cliff, Plainview, Woodbury, Glenwood Landing, Cove Neck, Centre Island and Jericho as well as residents in parts of Bayville, Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove, Laurel Hollow, Syosset, Old Bethpage, Bethpage, Hicksville, Westbury/New Cassel, Muttontown, Brookville, East Hills, Greenvale, Roslyn, Roslyn Heights and Roslyn Harbor.