RMC Remembers the Honorable Roy Goodman

Former NYS Senator and longtime supporter of the Republican Majority for Choice, Roy Goodman passed away on Tuesday at the age of 84. Long considered one of the most articulate and influential Republicans in the NY State Senate – having served the Silk Stocking District of the east side of New York City for over 33 years – Goodman was the link between state government and the mayoralty of New York City, be that office holder a Republican or Democrat.

Goodman was instrumental in the passage of several pieces of key legislation ensuring that women received unfettered access to reproductive health services regardless of their economic status. He was unashamedly pro-choice and pro-LGBTQ rights,  always standing up for the true Republican principle of personal freedom. In 1970, as Senate floor leader, Goodman was successful in making New York one of the first states in the union to legalize abortion.

During his long tenure in the State Senate, Goodman was a key advocate in the creation of the Republican Family Committee in New York City, the Republican Pro-Choice Alliance, the Republican Pro-Choice Coalition, now the Republican Majority for Choice. As a member of our Advisory Committee, Goodman actively pursued a pro-choice commonsense platform among his colleagues on both sides of the aisle. His good nature, charm and gentlemanly demeanor were ever evident and appreciated.

In 2005, RMC was proud to present Senator Goodman with our annual Choice Award at a gala dinner held in his honor. In accepting his award Goodman told the guests that of all the honors he had received during his career, the RMC Choice Award meant the most to him. We will miss his vision, his steadfast belief in the historic tenets of the Republican Party and his wise counsel through the years.

Friends are welcome to pay respects to the Goodman family at the Frank Campbell Funeral Home (1076 Madison Avenue at 81st Street) on Sunday, June 15 from 6-8 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to “Harvard Kennedy School/Roy M. Goodman Fund,” 79 JFK St., Cambridge, MA 02138 or “City Parks Foundation/Roy M. Goodman Fund,” 830 Fifth Ave, NYC 10065.

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