Richard Gottfried, New York State Assembly Member for District 75

"Ben worked to make Assembly legislative records more readily accessible to the public, a vital service that signals what kind of councilmember he will be. He is strongly committed to preserving, improving and expanding health services, fundamental to the city of New York,” said Assembly Member Gottfried.

Assembly Member Gottfried has been in the Assembly for over 40 years and has chaired the Health Committee where he has been a national figure on public health, healthcare and reproductive health. Assembly Member Gottfried introduced the first same-sex marriage bill in the Assembly in 2003, and was a co-sponsor of the bill that became law in 2011. He also sponsors the Gender Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity.