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  Kaufman, Stephen B.
NameStephen B. Kaufman
Bronx, New York , United States
Born August 29, 1944 (74 years)
Last Modifednystate63
Jul 05, 2004 01:28pm
Tags Jewish - Moderate-to-Conservative -
InfoStephen B. Kaufman was born in the Bronx on August 29, 1944. A lifelong resident of the Bronx, he was educated at local public schools in the Pelham Parkway area of the borough, and graduated from P.S. 96, JHS 135, and Stuyvesant High School. He received his Bachelor degree from Hunter College and his Juris Doctor in 1968 from Washington College of Law of American University, where he was Assistant Editor of the Law Review and Editor-in-Chief of the law school newspaper. In 1969, he was awarded a Master of Law by New York University.

Mr. Kaufman has devoted his life to community service as both a citizen and as an elected public official. His deep commitment to improving the quality of life for children, the elderly, homeowners and tenants, the medically indigent, the needy, and residents of the Bronx in general, is reflected in his record as a State Assemblyman, his nine year tenure as a member of the New York City Council, and two decades of public service.

He began his legal career in 1969, as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, and then served as the law secretary to a Bronx Civil Court Judge from 1971 to 1973.

In 1974, Mr. Kaufman was elected to the New York City Council, representing the 13th Councilmanic District, which consisted predominantly of Co-op City, Pelham Parkway, Allerton Avenue, City Island, and a portion of the Morris Park community in the Bronx. For three years, he served as chairman of the Council's Education Committee where he conducted major investigations and issued substantive reports on violence in the schools, gifted and talented student programs, and vocational training schools, among other topics.

As a member of the Council, he also sponsored and authored major legislation, including the illegal dumping law, the law governing the transportation of hazardous materials through New York City, and laws that increased police and fire services, provided additional funding for public education, and assisted homeowners and rental dwellers in obtaining affordable, quality housing. Mr. Kaufman also served on the Council's committees on environmental protection, consumer affairs, mass transit, and general welfare.

Mr. Kaufman was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1988. He represents the 82nd Assembly District, which comprises Co-op City, Throgs Neck, City Island, Locust Point, Edgewater Park, parts of Castle Hill, Westchester Square, Zerega, and neighboring communities. In 1994, Mr. Kaufman served as Assembly Chairman of the Administrative Regulations Review Commission, and in 1995, he was appointed Assistant Majority Whip. He served as Chairman of the Assembly Election Law Committee from 1997-2000. Mr. Kaufman is a member of the Judiciary; Housing; Insurance; and Oversight, Analysis and Investigation committees. He actively sponsors and supports legislation vital to the interest and well being of the citizens of the 82nd Assembly District and New York State as a whole. Among other issues, Mr. Kaufman has been a leader in the fight to improve quality of life issues by combating vandalism, graffiti and other neighborhood concerns. He was the prime sponsor of legislation to permit HIV testing of sex offenders and was a vigorous supporter of re-instituting the death penalty in New York State. He was also the lead sponsor of legislation which requires children under 14 to wear helmets while in-line skating and of legislation which raised the age of Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS) eligible youth from 16 to 18, giving parents, police and family courts an additional two years to help older out-of-control teens.

Mr. Kaufman has acted as legal advisor to local senior citizen groups, the Riverbay Volunteer Ambulance Corps, local nursery schools, and several building and tenant associations. He has served as chairman of the Bronx United Jewish Appeal and the Bronx Israel Bond drives and the Co-op City Jewish Community Council, and has sponsored legislation to keep the John Calandra Institute at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in Manhattan. Mr. Kaufman also serves a Co-Vice Chair of the Pelham Bay Landfill Task Force.

He has been honored with awards from many organizations, including: the Allerton Avenue Homeowners and Tenants Association, the North Bronx Adult Education System, the Bronx Park Tenants Association, the Olinville Co-op Award, the United Jewish Appeal Chairman's Award, the Riverbay Ambulance Corps' Outstanding Work Award, the Pelham Parkway Citizens Council, the National Council of Negro Women, the Co-op City Little League, the Emerald Isle Immigration Center, and the American Legion.

Assemblyman Kaufman is a practicing attorney with the firm of Alpert & Kaufman and maintains offices at 2916 Bruckner Boulevard in the Bronx, and 217 Broadway in Manhattan. His main Assembly district office is located at 2910 Bruckner Boulevard in the Bronx, with a satellite office at 177 Dreiser Loop, Room 12 in Co-op City. Assemblyman Kaufman resides in the Country Club neighborhood of the 82nd A.D.


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