The longest serving legislator in Albany has announced he’ll be retiring after he serves out his term. The long-time chairman of the New York Assembly Health Committee, Richard Gottfried, was first elected to his seat in 1970, and he’s represented the west side of Manhattan ever since.
Gottfried’s interest in politics can be traced back to his time on the debating team at Stuyvesant High School, where he graduated along with now U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler and political strategist Dick Morris.
Gottfried’s parents were also political; they were members of the Young People’s Socialist League in the 1930s. Later, in Queens, Gottfried’s father was involved in the local reform Democratic club.
But it was a man from Massachusetts that really sparked his interest in politics.
“I remember very vividly in 1960 when I was 13, John Kennedy running for president. He made public…