|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York’s 5th district
January 3, 1993 â€“ January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Raymond J. McGrath|
|Succeeded by||Gregory Meeks|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York’s 7th district
March 1, 1983 â€“ January 3, 1993
|Preceded by||Benjamin S. Rosenthal|
|Succeeded by||Thomas J. Manton|
|Member of the New York Senate
from the 12th district
January 1, 1979 â€“ March 1, 1983
|Preceded by||Jack E. Bronston|
|Succeeded by||Leonard P. Stavisky|
|Born||Gary Leonard Ackerman
November 19, 1942
Brooklyn, New York
|Spouse(s)||Rita Gale Tewel|
|Residence||Roslyn Heights, New York|
|Alma mater||Queens College|
|Occupation||high school teacher, newspaper publisher|
We have some Jewish members of Congress, not a lot but there's a bunch of us.
Using official government resources to help bankroll an explicit political agenda – whether on the right or left – is flat out wrong.
You can compromise between good, better, and best, and you can compromise between bad and worse and terrible. But you can't compromise between good and evil. And now people look at the other side as a completely different kind of animal and say, 'They are taking the country down the road to purgatory.' It's complete intolerance.
I've had meetings with Fidel Castro. I've had meetings with Kim Il-Sung. I've had meetings with other dictators. I've met with the Butcher of Beijing. You know, I think it's important to hear, you know, each other's perspective.
Looking forward, it might prove constructive to examine the true historical record of an issue prior to assuming the worst of anyone's motive and deconstructing and questioning anyone's Democratic bona fides. After all, we liberals got feelings.
The media's gotten lazy. They don't check anything out. You report what he reports.
The ability to convince people of the wackiest notions – and both parties can do it – it's part of the dumbing down of America that's really highly problematic.
It used to be you had real friends on the other side of the aisle. It's not like that anymore. Society has changed. The public is to blame as well. I think the people have gotten dumber.
Sometimes people who are Jewish are held to a higher standard which sometimes we take great pride in.
As a state senator and then a congressman, I've had the privilege of trying to do good things for people to whom I owe so much and can never fully repay.
No, you can't call your vote in. You have to be there on the floor to vote.
Politics was my third act. But I could have a fourth. I don't know what that will be yet, but there will be one.
Whether rich people make money or lose money, they get no sympathy from the public.
If a jerk burns the flag, America is not threatened, democracy is not under siege, freedom is not at risk.
There's a delicious irony in seeing private luxury jets flying in to Washington, D.C., and people coming off of them with tin cups in their hands saying that they're going to be trimming down and streamlining their businesses. There's a message there.
People more than ever since I can remember are concerned about being out of step and out of line with their political party and won't cross over. There is nobody, man or woman, who wants to be left out, and people are fearful of that. People are fearful of their leadership as well.
Without a musket to raise, a barricade to storm, a flag to wave, the question hit me in the face like the cold air: 'Who am I?'
The media has changed. We now give broadcast licenses to philosophies instead of people. People get confused and think there is no difference between news and entertainment. People who project themselves as journalists on television don't know the first thing about journalism. They are just there stirring up a hockey game.
For some reason, the military seems more afraid of gay people than they are against terrorists, but they're very brave with the terrorists… If the terrorists ever got a hold of this information, they'd get a platoon of lesbians to chase us out of Baghdad.
From the U.S. Capitol Building to the White House, our national symbols that represent freedom to so many of us, were built by people who were anything but free.
I just thought it was unconscionable for the Congress to insert itself into this debate. We are particularly unqualified to make that decision and to intrude ourselves into the lives of this family.
We have to have some rules and regulations in America, or the world would empty out here.
I've personally demanded that tyrants let their people go. I've tried to feed the hungry, clothe the poor, protect the elderly and infirm, and defend the needy from the aggressively greedy. I've led a blessed life. What a kick for a kid from the projects.