|Address||248 East 2 Street |
New York, New York , United States
|| January 18, 1967
Jan 10, 2019 11:23pm
Government Reform - Pro-Gay Marriage -
|Info||Brian Kavanagh was elected in November 2006 to represent the 74th Assembly District on the East Side of Manhattan, including parts of the Lower East Side, Union Square, Gramercy Park, Stuyvesant Square, Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper Village, East Midtown Plaza, Waterside Plaza, Kips Bay, Murray Hill, Tudor City, and Turtle Bay. |
Through nearly two decades of work in government, law, and community service, Brian has shown that he can tackle our toughest problems and stand up for progressive values. As an Assemblymember, he is committed to making our state government more open, accountable, and responsive to the needs of his constituents—and all New Yorkers. He serves on the Assembly’s Committees on Housing; Environmental Conservation; Corporations, Authorities and Commissions; Labor; Election Law; and Cities. He is also a member of the American-Irish Legislators Society and the Assembly’s Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force.
Before serving in the Assembly, as Chief of Staff for New York City Councilmember Gale Brewer, Brian negotiated enactment of the Domestic Worker Protection Act, promoting the rights of housekeepers and caregivers. He drafted several laws enacted by the City to foster the use of technology to make government more accessible and efficient, and another measure to protect property in our neighborhoods from defacement by graffiti and advertising stickers. Helping to coordinate the City Council’s budget process for all of Manhattan, Brian successfully worked to protect funding for libraries, community centers, playgrounds, senior centers, and vital community organizations, in spite of a tight budget. He also managed a highly responsive district office, fighting for tenant rights and against irresponsible development, and effectively pressing public agencies to promptly address such concerns of city living as crime, noise, congestion, and sanitation.
Previously, Brian was an aide to New York City Mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins. After the infamous Happy Land Social Club fire claimed the lives of 87 people in 1990, Brian helped coordinate the city’s response to the tragedy by co-designing a task force that shut down the most grievous fire code offenders. At the Mayor’s Office, Brian also played a key role in launching the Department of Homeless Services, and he then served as the agency’s first Policy Director.
Brian is admitted to the practice of law in New York State and in the federal courts. As an attorney at Kaye Scholer and Schulte Roth & Zabel, two of New York’s top law firms, Brian’s work included enforcement of antitrust laws and extensive pro bono representation of victims of domestic violence, immigrants, and community organizations. He successfully represented employee benefit funds against employers that refused to pay the pension and health benefits their workers had earned, and he was part of the legal team that won death row clemency for a Virginia inmate. While attending law school, Brian performed critical research for a lawsuit that resulted in a multi-million dollar verdict against corporate polluters and co-authored a report on the City’s program to preserve affordable housing by transferring debt-ridden apartment buildings to responsible ownership.
Brian has served as a counselor, volunteer, and board member at the Lower East Side’s Nativity middle school and community center, on advisory boards of several other schools and nonprofits, and as a board member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, which places college graduates in full-time volunteer positions promoting social justice and community empowerment. He has also worked as an attorney and advocate at Dēmos, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, on a nationwide effort to secure the voting rights of low-income citizens.
One of six children of an Irish-immigrant police officer and a community leader, Brian is a lifelong resident of New York City. He attended Regis High School and Princeton University on scholarship and earned his law degree from New York University, where he was a Dean’s Scholar.