Rosenthal earned a B.A. degree in history from the University of Rochester in 1980. She served as an assistant to Congressman Jerry Nadler for thirteen years. She was elected to the State Assembly in a February 2006 special election to replace Scott Stringer, who left the Assembly to become Manhattan Borough President. Rosenthal won the November 2008 general election with 84.7 percent of the vote and ran uncontested in the November 2010 general election.
In the Assembly, Rosenthal sits on the Housing, Energy, Agriculture, Corporations, and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Committees. In 2006, the New York State Legislature passed Assemblymember Rosenthal's landmark legislation allowing court orders of protection to be extended to pets.
In May 2015, fellow Manhattan Democrat Richard N. Gottfried tried to curb a bill introduced by Rosenthal that would allow customers to eat with their dogs at outdoor restaurants, because Gottfried was afraid tall dogs would be able to grab food from tabletops. Gottfried said: "Some dogs are tall enough that all they would have to do is turn their heads and they would be eating off people’s plates." Animal advocates noted that California did not experience the problems Gottfried warned of, since it began allowing dogs in eating areas, and that European countries and Israel also allow it. State Senator Kemp Hannon, a Long Island Republican and Chairman of the State Senate's Health Committee, said there was no resistance when the bill was introduced and passed in the Senate.
Linda B. Rosenthal (DEM – WOR) ... 5,694 Charles A. Simon (WSP) ... 2,254 Emily A. Csendes (REP) ... 875 Michael Lupinacci (IND – NLP) ... 603
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