Assembly Member Harvey Epstein represents the East Side of Manhattan, including the neighborhoods of the Lower East Side, East Village, Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village, Murray Hill, Kip's Bay, Tudor City and the United Nations.
Harvey has been a community leader for more than 20 years. Before he was elected to the Assembly he served on Community Board 3 for 14 years, serving as its board chair, and chairing its Land Use Committee. A public school parent, Harvey is a former president of the District 1 President’s Council and former PTA president at the Neighborhood School (where his children attended). Harvey has engaged in numerous community struggles to protect low-wage workers, local day-care centers and diversity admission in public schools. He is a former Co-President of CoDA (a local political organization) and has worked on numerous progressive campaigns over the past few decades.
Harvey’s efforts during his five-year tenure as a tenant member of the Rent Guidelines Board were crucial in successfully orchestrating the first (and second) rent freeze for one-year leases in the 47-year history of the Rent Guidelines Board. This historic achievement has helped millions of New Yorkers preserve their affordable rent-stabilized apartments.
In this first term in office, Harvey co-authored and passed the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 that protects tenants and preserves affordable housing in New York City. He passed legislation that has created a dedicated funding stream for public transit, expanded early voting for New Yorkers, codified Roe v Wade in the state of New York protecting a woman’s right to choose, and supported legislation to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. He has introduced legislation to tax the ultra-wealthy to fund public housing, as well as legislation to create composting programs in all state agencies and reducing the use of plastic in our State.
Harvey continues to build grassroots power within the district, encouraging constituents to get more involved in local politics by organizing a youth council for the 74th Assembly District, hosting many community forums and consistently keeping the community in conversations.
Harvey sits on a number of committees like Agriculture, Environmental Conservation, Governmental Operations, Higher Education, Housing, Small Business, Task Force on People with Disabilities, and is the chair of the subcommittee on Retention of Homeownership and Stabilization of Affordable Housing.
Harvey resides in the East Village with his wife, Anita; their children, Leila and Joshua; and their rescue-dog, Homer.