Harry is the first upstate member of the New York state legislature
Elected to the New York State Assembly District 138 in 2010, Harry is the first openly gay state legislator in New York State outside of the New York City area. Prior to the Assembly he was the first openly gay elected Monroe County Legislator, holding a position in leadership during his entire tenure of five years. Harry has a degree in Public Justice and a Juris Doctor degree. Formerly a partner at the law firm of Blitman and King, he focused on anti-discrimination employment law, labor issues, employee benefits and litigation.
As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Harry is committed to equality for all people. Harry’s work embraces and promotes the simple principle that all human beings have dignity and that no matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, who you love or how you identify, we all deserve full equality, justice and the opportunity to succeed. This principle is a simple one, perhaps, but it is a principle predicated on the notion of fairness for all and the belief in our founding ideals that all people are created equal and endowed with certain unalienable rights – among them the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Harry has taken a lead in the passage of Marriage Equality, banning conversion therapy and gay/trans panic defense as well as trans anti-discrimination law. Harry is a small business co-owner of Equal=Grounds, a local coffee house in the district.