Office of the Albany County Legislature

Charles S. Dawson, Jr. (D)

Charles S. Dawson, Jr. (D) (I), 35th Legislative District

Albany County Legislative District 35

7 Constitution Drive
Glenmont, NY 12077
Cell: (518) 588-3442
Phone: (518) 447-7117

Committee Assignments: Public Safety, Conservation & Improvement (Economic Development)

Charles S. Dawson, Jr. has been an Albany County Legislator since 2000, representing residents of the 35th Legislative District (Glenmont and Delmar). In his first election, he defeated a sixteen year incumbent.

Charlie’s legislative service has concentrated on budgetary issues, economic development, conservation matters, and public safety. He was a prime sponsor of legislation to reduce the size of the county legislature and a proponent of charter reform as proposed by the Charter Revision Commission. He also worked hard to successfully urge the state to cap its unfunded Medicaid burden on our property taxpayers while simultaneously pressing hard to radically reduce our own nursing home’s costs and improve its care.

In his very first year in office, Charlie advocated using the County's multi-million dollar share of the Medicaid tobacco settlement monies for economic development seed money. His advocacy efforts and leadership led to the shovel ready creation of the Vista Technology Campus in Bethlehem, which remains a work in progress.

Charlie was also the prime sponsor of the 11 mile county rail trail legislation and author of the measure creating the Bethlehem Landslide Nature Preserve on the Normans Kill.

Throughout his service, Charlie has led legislative efforts to promote volunteer firefighters and EMS services personnel ranging from recruitment and retention programs to Advanced Life Support services for Bethlehem to advanced 911 dispatch.

An expert in government budgetary and organizational matters, especially legislatures, Charlie holds a doctorate in public administration from the Rockefeller College, State University of New York at Albany.

Charlie was a long-time state legislative staffer having served in both houses. He worked as budget analyst for the Assembly Ways & Means Committee early in his career and retired as the Special Advisor to the NYS Senate Finance Committee Chair. He also worked for the New York State School Boards Association serving as an advocate for public education and property taxpayers.

In the 1990s, Charlie helped found the Center for Legislative Development at the University at Albany and worked there as a research professor and graduate students teacher/advisor. He also traveled extensively in his role as an international consultant specializing in assisting legislatures in emerging democracies. That experience was foundational for his later decision to run for public office.

Charlie is the co-author of The Politics of Legislation in New York State, published by the National Science Foundation.

Active in his community, Charlie served as a volunteer firefighter with the Elsmere Fire Company, as a member of the Bethlehem soccer club board, on his neighborhood association board, and as a member of the Albany County Soil and Water Conservation District. He is an avid skier, serving as a long-time volunteer with the mountain safety ski patrol at Mount Snow. The rest of the year you'll find him golfing, hiking, kayaking or landscaping, when he has the time.

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