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.