Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal represents the 67th Assembly District, which includes the Upper West Side and parts of Clinton/Hellís Kitchen in Manhattan. In her time in office, Assemblymember Rosenthal has established herself as a leading advocate on affordable housing, domestic violence, consumer protection, preventive medical care and animal cruelty. She was elected in 2006. The Assemblymember passed a total of 22 bills during the 2009 legislative session, including vacancy decontrol legislation. This bill will repeal vacancy decontrol in New York City, increasing the number of apartments under the rent stabilization system. This is considered the most essential reform for housing advocates and renters throughout the city and surrounding counties. In previous sessions, Assemblymember Rosenthal has passed laws restricting the escape of spousal and child support payments, providing the right to equal pay regardless of gender, and requiring employers to disclose any electronic monitoring of their employees. She also successfully enacted into law bills increasing access to social services for sexual assault victims and extending court orders of protection to companion animals, whose abuse often serves as an early warning sign for spousal and child abuse. In recognition of these accomplishments, both the New York City League of Humane Voters and the Humane Society of the United States have previously named Assemblymember Rosenthal as their Legislator of the Year. Assemblymember Rosenthal is a lifelong district resident with more than 25 years experience as a grassroots political activist and public servant. Prior to her election to the Assembly, Assemblymember Rosenthal served for 13 years as the Manhattan District Director and Director of Special Projects for U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler. In addition to helping hundreds of constituents with individual problems, she has organized public discussions, forums and rallies addressing issues including the use of affordable housing as illegal tourist hotels, housing benefits for seniors, tenantsí rights, labor rights, senior pedestrian safety, environmental advocacy, education funding, and ensuring equal rights for same sex-couples. Assemblymember Rosenthal received a B.A. in History from the University of Rochester and lives on the Upper West Side. Chair, Subcommittee on Mitchell-Lama. Standing Committee Assignments 2009: Agriculture; Alcoholism and Drug Abuse; Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions; Energy; Housing; Health; Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports.