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Martin J. Golden

New York State Senator (22nd District)

New York State Senator Martin J. Golden (22nd District) is a retired New York City Police

Officer who received numerous awards during his ten years with the Police Department. Marty

was forced to retire in 1983, after suffering a serious injury while making a narcotics arrest.

Marty Golden’s distinguished career as a New York City Police Officer has provided him with

the knowledge and experience to make our streets safer. Senator Marty Golden has worked to

strengthen the Megan’s Law, the New York State sex offender registry, and expand the DNA

databank to include all persons convicted of a felony and certain misdemeanors. In December

2005, Senator Golden sponsored the laws to increase penalties against gun-runners and those that

injure or kill police officers. In 2006, Senator Golden wrote a tough law that mandates prison for

the possession of a single loaded illegal firearm.

Working with a diverse group of parents, educators, clergy and school choice advocates, Senator

Golden delivered a $330 child tax credit for public, private and parochial school students.

Senator Golden’s diligent efforts secured $11.2 billion in funding to improve New York City

Public Schools including a new high school in Sunset Park and many other classrooms

improvements to ensure that our students receive a sound basic education.

The oldest of eight children born to Irish immigrants, Marty Golden knows that working families

need tax breaks to help make ends meet. Senator Golden delivered the laws that eliminated the

state sales tax on clothing and footwear; secured a $400 property tax cut for New York City

residents; and eliminated the personal income tax marriage penalty.

As Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, Senator Golden was credited by nationally

recognized advocacy groups for championing the rights of senior citizens through the Assisted

Living Law of 2004. Under his leadership, a number of significant bills affecting older

Americans have been enacted, including a new Elderlaw, the Senior Bill of Rights; Long Term

Care Reform, internet posting of retail prescription drug prices and a single EPIC/Medicare

prescription drug card. Senator Golden wrote the law that raised SCRIE from $29,000 to $50,000

for seniors and the disabled.

In February 2007, Senator Golden was named Chairman of the Senate Majority Task Force on

Critical Choices. Senator Golden and Task Force members advanced a wide array of important

legislative initiatives including: the death penalty for cop killers; Granny’s Law to punish

criminals who assault senior citizens; an Airline Consumer Protection Bill of Rights; and a

number of measures to help reduce the tax burden on New Yorkers, strengthen our economy and

create new jobs.

Yet, what distinguishes Marty Golden's career in public service is his emphasis on community

service and ability to bring back funding for important community programs including health

care, education, transportation, law enforcement and senior citizen programs.

Senator Golden procured $36 million in New York State capital funding for SUNY Downstate to

create a dynamic and robust biotechnology industry in Brooklyn that holds the promise of

thousands of high-quality career jobs in Brooklyn. Senator Golden continues to support the

advancement of cutting edge industries that are creating jobs for the new marketplace. As such

Marty works hard to ensure the continued expansion of the bio technology industry, the

protection of tax breaks for businesses, and the full utilization of the commercial and retail space

in locations such as the Brooklyn Army Terminal and Industry City. Marty understands that a

multi-faceted economic approach will allow people to live, work and raise a family in their own


From 1998 through 2002, Marty Golden represented the 43rd Council District in the New York

City Council. In the days immediately after 9/11, Councilman Golden's office coordinated the

shipment of more than 200 truckloads of food, clothing, and materials to the volunteers working

at "Ground Zero" and helped to establish the first Community Emergency Response Team

(CERT 1 NYC) in New York State.

In 2011, Senator Golden was selected to serve as the Senate’s Representative to the Metropolitan

Transit Authority (MTA) Capital Program Review Board.

Because of his leadership on a myriad of issues facing New York State and work as Chairman of

the Steering Committee, Golden was appointed Secretary of the Republican Conference.

Marty Golden attended St. Patrick's and Our Lady of Angels Grammar Schools, New York

School of Printing, and John Jay College. He is a graduate of St. John’s University. Marty and

his wife, Colleen, have two children, Michael and P.J.

Standing Committee Assignments 2017: Vice Chair, Majority Conference, Civil Service &

Pensions Committee (Chairman); Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and

Entrepreneurship (Chairman); Aging, Codes, Finance, Health, Insurance, Investigations &

Government Operations; and Veterans.

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