Representing 133,000 residents of the 74th Assembly District on Manhattan's East Side, Brian Kavanagh has worked to reform State government and make it more responsive to the needs of all New Yorkers.
He has focused on legislation and policy changes to support affordable housing, protect the environment, promote economic and social justice and a more humane society, prevent gun violence, create a fairer and more open political process, and provide for greater accountability in the ways government provides services and spends our tax dollars.
Brian is founder and chair of American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention and co-chair of New York Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention. He also chairs the New York State Caucus of Environmental Legislators and the Commission on Government Administration, and co-chairs the Assembly Workgroup on Legislative Process, Operations, and Public Participation.
Brian has introduced over 200 bills in the Assembly, many of which have been enacted into law. He has sponsored legislation and worked with colleagues to extend and strengthen tenant protections; increase New York's commitment to cleaner more sustainable energy sources and greater efficiency; prevent people from being exposed to toxic chemicals; increase the minimum wage; ensure equality in civil marriage laws; strengthen laws intended to keep guns out of the wrong hands; and promote cleaner, fairer elections by modernizing voting and closing loopholes in campaign finance laws.
In 2011, Brian passed legislation and negotiated a deal between the State and the City to create $200 million worth of new parkland and open space on Manhattan's East Side, including a mile-long esplanade from East 60th Street south to 38th Street, which will close the last major gap in the greenway circling the island, with no new City or State tax dollars. He sits on the Eastside Greenway and Parkland Board, convened to oversee implementation of these projects. He also commissioned, with then-Borough President Scott Stringer, the East River Blueway Plan, a community effort to improve public access and resiliency along the East River waterfront from 38th Street to the Brooklyn Bridge.
Brian's work has earned him the League of Conservation Voters Eco-Star Award, top ratings each year from Environmental Advocates of New York, the City University of New York's Baruch College Legislator of the Year Award, the Samuel J. Tilden Club's Democratic Leadership Award, the Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club Award, and a perfect rating from the League of Humane Voters of New York City. He was reelected to his fifth term in the Assembly in November 2014 on the Democratic and Working Families lines, with 85% of the vote.
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