Albert H. Blumenthal

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Albert Howard Blumenthal (October 13, 1928 – July 8, 1984) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.

Life

Blumenthal was born on October 13, 1928, in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Bennet M. Blumenthal (1888–1980)[1] and Matilda Blumenthal. He graduated B.A. from the College of William & Mary in 1949, and LL.B. from New York University School of Law in 1951.[2] He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. He was admitted to the bar in 1953, practiced law in New York City, and entered politics as a Democrat. On May 18, 1958, he married Joel Marie Winik, and they had four children.

Blumenthal was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1963 to 1976, sitting in the 174th, 175th,176th, 177th, 178th, 179th, 180th and 181st New York State Legislatures. He was Chairman of the Committee on Health from 1966 to 1968. In 1973, he ran in the Democratic primary for Mayor of New York City but came in third, behind Abraham Beame and Herman Badillo. At the general election in November, Blumenthal ran on the Liberal ticket but was again defeated by Beame. Blumenthal was Majority Leader of the State Assembly in 1975 and 1976.

In December 1975, Blumenthal was indicted for perjury in connection with his support of nursing-home operator Bernard Bergman.[3] In February 1976, Blumenthal moved to dismiss the charges.[4] At first, bribery was also added to the indictment, but on April 13, 1976, all charges were dismissed.[5] On June 9, 1976, he announced that he would not run again for the Assembly.[6] On December 14, 1976, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division unanimously upheld the dismissal of all charges against Blumenthal.[7]

Afterwards he moved to Larchmont, in Westchester County. Later he was a member of the New York State Commission on Law Revision.

He died on July 8, 1984, in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan.[8]

References

  1. Bennet M. Blumenthal Dies at 91 in The New York Times on July 12, 1980 (subscription required)
  2. New York Red Book (1965–1966; pg. 145)
  3. Blumenthal Calls Charge "Outrageous, Unfounded" in The New York Times on December 6, 1975 (subscription required)
  4. Blumenthal Asks Court To Drop Perjury Case in The New York Times on February 13, 1976 (subscription required)
  5. COURT DISMISSES BLUMENTHAL CASE BROUGHT BY HYNES in The New York Times on April 14, 1976 (subscription required)
  6. Blumenthal, Majority Leader, to Retire From Assembly in Fall in The New York Times on June 10, 1976 (subscription required)
  7. Albert Blumenthal Wins a Victory: Dismissal of Indictment Is Upheld in The New York Times on December 15, 1976 (subscription required)
  8. ALBERT H. BLUMENTHAL DIES AT 55; EX-MAJORITY LEADER OF ASSEMBLY by Walter H. Waggoner, in The New York Times on July 10, 1984
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Bentley Kassal
New York State Assembly
New York County, 5th District

1963–1965
Succeeded by
district abolished
Preceded by
new district
New York State Assembly
73rd District

1966
Succeeded by
John J. Walsh
Preceded by
Jerome W. Marks
New York State Assembly
67th District

1967–1972
Succeeded by
Richard N. Gottfried
Preceded by
Franz S. Leichter
New York State Assembly
69th District

1973–1976
Succeeded by
Jerrold Nadler
Political offices
Preceded by
John E. Kingston
Majority Leader of the New York State Assembly
1975–1976
Succeeded by
Stanley Fink