Representing 130,000 residents of the 74th Assembly District on Manhattan's East Side, Brian Kavanagh has fought to reform State government and make it more responsive to the needs of ordinary New Yorkers. He has focused on legislation and policy changes to create a fairer and more open political process, support affordable housing, protect the environment, promote economic and social justice and a more humane society, prevent gun violence, and provide forgreater accountability in the ways government provides services and spends our tax dollars.
Brian has introduced well over 200 bills in the Assembly. Dozens of these bills have passed the Assembly, with as many as 27 passed in a single legislative session. He Chairs American State Leigslators for Gun Violence Prevention , the New York State Caucus of Environmental Legislators, the Assembly Commission on Government Administration, and is co-Chair of State Legislators Against Illegal Guns - New York .
He has sponsored and helped enact legislation to extend and strengthen tenant protections; increase New York's commitment to energy efficiency, green energy and alternatives to fossil fuels; ensure equality in civil marriage laws; and improve ethical standards applicable to public officials and other government employees. He also 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 that 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 , which will oversee implementation of these projects. He is the co-author of the East River Blueway Plan for water access and rehabilitation, with then Borough President and current NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer.
Brian's work has earned him the League of Conservation Voters Eco-Star Award, among the highest ratings of any legislator 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, and a perfect rating from the League of Humane Voters of New York City. He has been elected by his colleagues to co-chair State Legislators Against Illegal Guns, a bipartisan organization. He was reelected to his fifth term in the Assembly in November 2014 on the Democratic and Working Families lines.
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