One of many longest-serving lawmakers in New York state historical past, Manhattan Assemblymember Richard Gottfried, introduced his impending retirement Monday.
The long-time liberal lion, who stated he was impressed to pursue a lifetime of public service as a 13-year-old rising up through the Kennedy presidency, has been within the Meeting since 1970. He at present represents the seventy fifth Meeting District in Manhattan, which incorporates Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, the Flatiron and NoMad Districts, Union Sq., Midtown, and a part of the Lincoln Sq. space on the Higher West Facet.
However after a distinguished career spanning greater than 5 a long time, Gottfried has determined to name it a career.
When his present time period expires on Dec. 31, 2022, Gottfried may have served 53 years within the State Meeting. His tenure may have seen ten completely different presidents, 9 completely different New York state governors and eight completely different mayors (as soon as Eric Adams is sworn in on New Year’s Day).
“I am grateful to my talented staff (present and past), hundreds of dedicated colleagues in the Legislature, nine governors (each with a distinct personality), and countless advocates and experts,” Gottfried stated in a press release. “Their commitment to solving problems is why we have been able to accomplish so much for the people of New York. Most of all, I thank my amazingly supportive and loving family. It hasn’t been easy – particularly during the endless days and nights of budget and end-of-session. None of this would have been possible without them.”
In the course of the course of his career, Gottfried sponsored greater than 500 legal guidelines, lots of which proved transformative.
After first introducing the same-sex marriage equality invoice in 2003, he helped lastly steer the laws to passage eight years later. Gottfried additionally was entrance and middle within the marijuana decriminalization motion; helped set up Little one Well being Plus, the state’s well being care program for kids; secured enlargement of Medicaid; supported marketing campaign finance reform; and guarded the rights of crime victims.
Gottfried has additionally served as chair of the Meeting Well being Committee for a staggering 34 years, after being first appointed to the function again in 1987.
He could also be retiring quickly, however Gottfried informed constituents that he’s not slowing down.
“I will continue to fight for the district and my constituents and for New York State until my term ends at the end of 2022,” he stated. “That includes helping New York recover from the public health emergency, fighting for justice, reproductive choice, human rights, and enacting the New York Health Act.”