|Name||Ronnie M. Eldridge|
New York, New York , United States
Dec 25, 2016 07:22pm
|Info||A lifetime resident of the Upper West Side, Ronnie Eldridge, a quintessential New Yorker, has been in public service most of her life. Eldridge was born on Franklin D. Roosevelt's birthday and so her passion for public service was born. Eldridge has spent her entire adult life working for the public good, preparing her to engage a broad range of guests in intelligent and spirited dialogue. |
Eldridge's distinguished career includes service as special assistant to Mayor John Lindsay in the early seventies; Director of Community and Government Affairs at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; and service in Governor Mario Cuomo's cabinet as the Director of the Division for Women where she proposed programs and legislation and acted as an advocate for women's needs and interests. Ms. Eldridge was the Director of Special Projects at MS Magazine and the Executive Director of the MS Foundation for Women. She was also the Executive Producer of a feminist series on network public television.
Eldridge served in the New York City Council from 1989 until 2001, when the Term Limits Law prevented two-thirds of the members from running for re-election. Eldridge was a leader in the efforts to expand and improve child care; increase legal protection for victims of domestic violence; encourage and support arts and cultural organizations; improve oversight of the budget process as well as encourage sensible and comprehensive land use and economic development.
Eldridge was prime sponsor of both the Automatic Teller Safety bill and the Civilian Complaint Review Board legislation. She was also the prime sponsor of the Clinic Access Law that provides protection for women seeking reproductive health care as well as the health care providers performing those services, and the recent Family Child Care legislation that sets standards for child care.
Eldridge chaired the Women's Issues Committee where she authored legislation covering a broad range of needs for women from young girls to women who are aging, including legislation that set new standards for child care. She obtained funding for domestic violence prevention programs and was a passionate advocate for programs related to sexual assault and improvements in the criminal justice system, especially as the system relates to women and girls, a lifelong concern to Eldridge.