Linda B. Rosenthal is a lifelong Upper West Sider who answered the call to public service after her landlord unsuccessfully attempted to evict her and her 87-year-old grandmother from the rent-regulated apartment they shared. The people of the 67th Assembly district should be thankful to Linda’s landlord, who awakened in her a grit and determination that has driven her throughout her career to take on the fights on behalf of her constituents that many others shirk away from.
Linda has dedicated herself to empowering the powerless, and she doesn’t back down when confronted by challenges. She does battle with landlords and developers to protect tenants against eviction, harassment and neglect and to preserve affordable housing. She’s gone toe-to-toe with big tobacco to protect children and young adults against the dangers of electronic cigarettes, and she has tangled with corporate giants in the food industry to provide consumers with transparency. There is no fight too big and no opponent too powerful – Linda will always stand up for you and your best interests.
She has fought to keep the New York City Department of Education accountable to the parents, students and communities it is supposed to serve, and she has worked to ensure that the Department of Buildings prioritizes the public’s safety above everything else.
Linda is a prolific legislator who has passed 65 laws in 10 years to protect the lives of her constituents and all hardworking New Yorkers and their families. She passed the law to make tampons and other feminine hygiene products tax-free in New York State and she secured $25 million in state funding for prevention, treatment and recovery for heroin and opioid addiction. She is currently the sponsor of more than 300 pieces of legislation, including the bill to require coverage for out of network benefits on the exchange and one of the bills to guarantee equal pay for women.
Linda received her B.A. in history from the University of Rochester. She is a lifelong resident of the Upper West Side and was elected to the Assembly in 2006 to succeed now New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, after serving for 13 years as Manhattan District Director and Director of Special Projects for United States Congressman Jerrold Nadler. She still lives in the apartment she did with her grandmother today.