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  Gottfried, Richard N.
NameRichard N. Gottfried
Address91 Central Park West
New York, New York , United States
Born May 16, 1947 (75 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Dec 30, 2014 01:31am
InfoRichard N. Gottfried represents the 64th Assembly District, covering Chelsea, Clinton, Murray Hill, Midtown and part of the Lincoln Center area in Manhattan. He is chair of the Assembly Health Committee. He is a leading state health policy-maker not only in New York but also nationally.

He was a major architect of New York's landmark managed care reforms, and is continuing to fight for stronger protections for consumers and health care providers, and public support for universal access to quality, affordable health care.

Highlights of his legislative work include: the Prenatal Care Assistance Program for low income women; the Child Health Plus Program, which allows low- and moderate-income parents to get free or low-cost health insurance for their children; the Physician Profiling Law, which gives patients access to information about a doctor's record; Family Health Plus, which provides free health coverage for low-income adults; the Health Care Proxy Law, which allows people to designate an agent to make health care decisions for them if they lose capacity; and the HIV Testing and Confidentiality Law.

In the Legislature, he has been the leading proponent of patient autonomy, especially in end-of-life care, and reproductive freedom. He also sponsors the N.Y. Health bill to create a universal publicly funded health coverage plan for New York State. Each year, he has fought successfully to protect and increase funding for Medicaid, school health clinics, AIDS services, and other health concerns.

He was the sponsor of the 1998 Hudson River Park law that establishes the park and protects the River and the waterfront for all New Yorkers.

Dick Gottfried is a member of the Assembly Democratic Steering Committee and the committees on Rules, Higher Education, Insurance, Judiciary, and Social Services, as well as Health. He is head of the Manhattan Assembly Democratic Delegation.

He is a leading advocate in the Legislature for civil liberties, reproductive freedom and gay rights. He has been repeatedly named to the New York Civil Liberties Union's Honor Roll. He was named Environmental Legislator of the Year by the Environmental Planning Lobby, and has been honored by the Family Planning Advocates three times.

Mr. Gottfried was the author of legislation to provide legal services for the disabled, strengthen the criminal laws against hazardous waste violators, provide health insurance coverage for midwife services, strengthen Small Claims Court, prevent illegal evictions, and reform the J-51 tax exemption program. He sponsored the legislation that created the Javits Convention Center.

Mr. Gottfried was a pioneer in enacting legislation to recognize and protect the rights of crime victims. He was an architect of the 1978 Omnibus Crime Act and wrote laws to reform the grand jury system, strengthen the rape laws and decriminalize marijuana. He drafted the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 1976 and sponsored revisions of the laws on foster care, adoption and child abuse.

He previously served as Deputy Majority Leader, Assistant Majority Leader, chair of the Assembly committees on Codes (covering the criminal justice system) and Children and Families, and chair of the Assembly task forces on the Homeless, Campaign Finance Reform, and Crime Victims.

Mr. Gottfried was first elected to the Assembly in 1970, at the age of 23, while a student at Columbia Law School.

He was born in New York City on May 16, 1947. He is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, Cornell University (BA, 1968), and Columbia Law School (JD, 1973). He is a lawyer, but does not maintain a private practice. He works full time as a legislator.

He is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and a member of the American Public Health Association, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, the Art Students League of New York, the American Watercolor Society (associate member) and the China Institute.

He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Louise, a nursery school teacher. Their son Michael and his wife have a daughter.


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