Text Size

  • Increase
  • Normal
  • Decrease

Current Size: 100%

Chuck on the Issues

Creating Jobs

While our economy is never static, we always tend to believe that prosperity is bound to continue when we are living in periods of robust growth. Today, however, we must confront our greatest economic challenge since Franklin D. Roosevelt was President. We know that state budgets must be balanced. Unlike the federal government, New York cannot spend more than it takes in. What, then, can New York State do to best help its people? read more »

Environmental Champion

President Theodore Roosevelt, whose presence is still very much felt along Long Island’s North Shore, said that: “Our duty to the whole, including the unborn generations, bids us to restrain an unprincipled present-day minority from wasting the heritage of these unborn generations. The movement for the conservation of wild life and the larger movement for the conservation of all our natural resources are essentially democratic in spirit, purpose, and method.”

Some of Chuck’s first debates on the Assembly floor were in support of Tom DiNapoli’s efforts to pass the “Bigger Better Bottle Bill,” which would only be enacted into law after the Democrats regained the State Senate in 2009. read more »

Government Reform

Chuck challenged political orthodoxy when he successfully ran a primary against a long entrenched incumbent on a reform platform in 2004. As a result, major systemic reforms were adopted in the Assembly.

No longer were lobbyists permitted to sit next to Assemblymembers on the Chamber floor to make sure they voted as desired. Members of the Assembly had to actually be in their seats to vote on every bill. They were even required to attend their assigned committee meetings. Members gained the power to force consideration of their bills in those committees because of these fundamental changes to the Assembly Rules. read more »

Justice, Crime, and Punishment

Chuck began his legal career as a lawyer for the Legal Aid Society of the City of New York. He was the first lawyer selected for the “continuity unit,” an experimental approach to the delivery of criminal justice service that provided one lawyer to each defendant from the beginning to the end of their case. Because of the success of that innovative concept, it became the model for public defender services throughout the nation. read more »

President of National Association of Jewish Legislators

In 2010, Chuck was unanimously elected President of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Jewish Legislators. The organization immediately embarked on an active course.

In April of 2010, NAJLNY honored holocaust survivors at the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center at Queensborough Community College. Dr. Arthur Flug, the Center’s director, and Dr. Eduardo Marti, president of the college, were recognized for their humanitarian achievement. read more »

Veterans' Rights

Chuck’s Aunt Lil was a Gold Star Mother. Her son, William, was a teenaged armored cavalry machine gunner killed in combat against the Imperial Japanese Army in the Philippines on May 23, 1945. For Chuck, respect for and protection of our veterans and their families must be a fundamental principle of American life.

In his first term, Chuck authored a bill known as the “New York G.I. Bill of Rights.” It provided for educational incentives for returning vets and their families, financing for physical and emotional therapy and a state-wide survey to determine the numbers of veterans who were homeless.

  read more »

Lavine for Good Government
P.O. Box 23
Sea Cliff, NY 11579
Paid for by Lavine for Good Government