Arthur Eve

Arthur Eve DEMDemocrat

American politician in New York (born 1933)

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Arthur EveDEMDemocrat American politician in New York (born 1933)
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Arthur O. Eve (born March 23, 1933) is a retired American politician who served as a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly (1967–2002) and Deputy Speaker of the Assembly (1979–2002) representing districts in Buffalo, New York. He was the first Dominican-American elected to public office in the United States, and the first African American to win a Buffalo mayoral Democratic primary but was defeated in the following mayoral election. Eve was elected a New York State Assemblyman in 1966 and by the time of his retirement in 2002 had served in the New York State Assembly (143rd District 1967–82, 141st District 1983–2002) longer than any other incumbent member. As Deputy Speaker, he was the highest ranking African American in the New York State Legislature. During his political career he became a political foe of Western New York politician James D. Griffin and of New York State Governors Mario Cuomo and George Pataki. He was a founding member of the New York State Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus. At the national level, Eve was once one of three alternates to the 15-person 1984 Democratic Party Platform Committee. Eve was an observer and negotiator during the 1971 Attica Prison riot and the first official to enter the facility to hear the demands of the inmates. An advocate for liberal causes such as economic development, education, job training and development, social services, crime prevention and parole reform, day care and housing, Eve was also a leader in the movement to legislate Harriet Tubman Day as a New York State holiday. He is the father of attorney and former candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York Leecia Eve.

Education3 - 3 of 1
West Virginia State College
BA
1981
Past Positions1 - 7 of 7
Assemblymember
New York State Assembly
1966 - 2002
Chair
New York State Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus
1975 - 1976
Experience
Deputy Speaker
Experience
1998 Political Affiliations: Democratic and Liberal
Northern Regional Black Political Caucus
Founder
US Army
1953 - 1955
Experience
Legislator
Other Experience1 - 8 of 8
Sigma Pi Phi
Archon
1992
Youth Planning Council of The Near East Side
Founder/Chair
1987 - 1992
New York State National Rainbow Coalition
Chair
1988
Masten District Young Democrats
Founder, Vice-President
1958
District Young Democrats
Founder
Experience
NY State Chapter National Rainbow Coalition
Experience
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Northern Region Black Politica Caucus
Chair of the Board