Albany County Legislature
Harold L. Joyce Albany County Office Building
112 State Street, Room 710 | Albany, NY 12207 | (518) 447-7168
Andrew C. Joyce, Chairman of the Legislature
Necole Chambers, Clerk of the Legislature
Paul Devane, First Deputy Clerk of the Legislature
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Carolyn McLaughlin (D)
Legislative District 1
76 Grandview Terrace
Albany, NY 12206
Committee Assignments: Social Services, Elder Care (Chair)
Carolyn McLaughlin is serving her first term on the Albany County Legislature representing the residents of the 1st Legislative District.
Carolyn has 29 years of experience in public service, preceded by 10 years as a research chemist in the areas of cosmetics development and nuclear weapons research.
She served three terms on the City of Albany Common Council, having first been elected in 1997 and went on to become President of the Common Council in 2009. During this time, she advocated for quality affordable housing in the city, co-sponsored legislation that established a vacant building registry, and sponsored legislation to establish the Citizens Police review Board in the city of Albany.
One of the accomplishments she is most proud of is the time she served on the South End Task Force, also known as the South End Action Committee, which led the discussion that resulted in the opening of Capital South Campus Center (CSCC) in 2014. She has also been a member of the Woman’s Club of Albany and Zonta International, and served as past President of the Board of Directors of Girls Incorporated of the Capital Region.
In 2010, Carolyn established the Vidie L. McLaughlin Memorial Scholarship in memory of her mother. The scholarship is currently awarded annually through the College of St. Rose to the YMCA Black and Latino Achievers Program.
Carolyn is retired after 29 years working for New York State, most recently as an Assistant Manager in the Human Resources Department of the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System, where she was responsible for staff training and development, and special projects. She also served as Assistant Manager for Budget and Planning. Prior to that she worked with the New York State Division of Budget and Department of Civil Service.
A native of Albany, Carolyn earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Keuka College in Keuka Park, NY. She received a National Urban Fellowship which led to her earning a Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College of New York City.
Merton D. Simpson (D)
Albany County Legislative District 2
295 Sheridan Avenue Apt 1
Albany, NY 12206
Phone: (518) 253-3536
Committee Assignments: Court Facilities (Chair), Social Services (Deputy Chair), Civic Center.
Merton Simpson, Jr. is serving his second term in the Albany County Legislature as the representative of the residents of the 2nd Legislative District. The Legislative District is contained wholly in the City of Albany.
Merton is a Human Resources Management Specialist and holds certifications in Mediation, EEOC Workplace Discrimination; MTI Managing Workplace Conflict; Mediation Matters Community Mediation; Custody and Visitation and Advanced Land Use Disputes.
He played the lead role in developing many of the major HR components for New York State's workforce including: The Diversity Program; The Numerical Goals and Timetables Program; The Utilization Analysis Report; The Discrimination Complaint Procedure; Model Affirmative Action Plan; Internal Agency Auditing and Reporting Systems; and The Affirmative Action Annual Report.
Merton earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees from Long Island University, C.W. Post College in Greenvale, NY. He is a longtime resident of the City of Albany.
Merton and his wife, Joyce, are the parents of four adult children.
Wanda F. Willingham (D)
Albany County Legislative District 3
112 State Street, Room 700
Albany NY 12207
Phone: (518) 221-9785
Committee Assignments: Audit and Finance (Chair) and Health
Wanda has served the 3rd Legislative District in Albany since January 1999 and currently serves as the Deputy Chair of the Legislature. She brings a wealth of experience to the position and possesses proven leadership skills in working with the community in various endeavors. She is a founding member of the Legislative Black Caucus and also serves as the City of Albany’s 4th Ward Leader.
During her time in the Legislature, Wanda has authored the “Tobacco-Free Pharmacy” legislation to prohibit the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies and other health care facilities. She was instrumental in the effort to build a new nursing home for seniors, successfully brought Congregate Meal Services to seniors, and supported continued funding for NY Connects. In addition, she has been a strong advocate and proponent of improvements to foster care to reunite families and establish permanency for children.
Wanda has co-sponsored a bill creating a nonpartisan, inclusive and participatory redistricting process for the future. This piece of legislation is key to the success of the legislature because it ensures proper representation of all community interests, whether rural, urban or suburban.
Wanda retired as an Assistant Retirement Program Administrator after more than 34 years of service with the New York State Local Retirement System. During her career, Wanda implemented the first "pre-retirement workshops for NYSLRS."
Community service is very important to Wanda and she has volunteered at variety of agencies including the Boys and Girls Club of Albany, Teen Girls Leadership Program, Capital District African American Coalition on AIDS, the Kids Improvement District, and the Mount Olive Southern Baptist Church.
Wanda has received numerous awards and recognitions over the years including the 2007 New York State Harriet Tubman Humanitarian Achievement Award; 2009 Too Deep Entertainment Outstanding Community Leadership Award; 2010 Capital District YMCA Black and Latino Adult Achievers Award; Blessed Hope Worship Center, Hope Award for Outstanding Community Service; Dr. Martin Luther King Annual Basketball Tournament, Hall of Fame Coretta Scott King Award; and RFK Democratic Club, Favorite Elected Official.
Wanda is a lifelong Albany resident and is a committed servant to her family, church friends and community.
"If thou faintest in the day of adversity, thy faith is weak."
Norma J. Chapman (D)
Albany County Legislative District 4
404 First Street
Albany, NY 12206
Phone: (518) 434-6549
Norma J. Chapman has been an Albany County Legislator since 2008, representing residents of the 5th Legislative District and since the 2010 re-districting, she represents the 4th Legislative District.
Norma has long been active in her community and a current dedicated member of the Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church. She is a founder of and advisor to the Frank Chapman Memorial Institute, a non-profit organization providing quality programming for inner-city youth from Arbor Hill, West Hill, the South End and North Albany since 1995. The organization has employed hundreds of youngsters through the Institute's Summer Day Camp in collaboration with the City of Albany Summer Youth Employment program, and has provided a safe place for children to assemble for after-school activities, mentoring, performing arts, fashion shows and other activities. She also was instrumental in forming several other after-school programs.
Norma has lent her time and skills to organize African-American Festival Day, the Martin Luther King Jr. Observance March and the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus Youth Talent Showcase. She has been involved with Equinox, the Northeast Regional Food Bank, Ronald McDonald House, the Capital District African American Coalition on AIDS, the Black Leadership Commission on AIDS and various volunteer teams associated with the NYS Comptroller's Office and Chair on the Board of the Youth Bureau Department of Albany County. She also established the West Hill newsletter providing information to residents on issues and accomplishments in the community, also participating on boards and committees such as the social service committee, Civic Center, Elder Care, Human Services at Albany county, Public works and many others.Norma retired in 2007 after 37 years with the NYS Comptroller's Office, Retirement Employers Service Department. She is the mother of six children and has 12 grandchildren whom she loves and leads daily.
Matthew T. Peter (D)
Albany County Legislative District 5
352 State Street
Albany, NY 12210
Matthew T. Peter was appointed to the Legislature in September 2019 to represent the 5th Legislative District. The district comprises Washington Park, Center Square, Hudson/Park, Park South and Pine Hills neighborhoods in the City of Albany and the areas surrounding the governmental and downtown business districts.
Since 2016, Matthew has served as the Executive Director of the Albany Parking Authority. As Executive Director, Matthew modernized the Authority which included the launching of the ParkAlbany app and the replacement of aging enforcement technology. In addition, he helped launch the Capital Walls initiative with community stakeholders which placed murals on underutilized walls and parts of garages. Under Matthew’s leadership the Albany Parking Authority has seen its bond rating increase from BBB+ to A-.
Previously, Matthew served as Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s Chief of Staff for over two years. He also worked for the State, first in the Executive Chamber as an appointments aide, then for the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance as a tax policy analyst and finally for the Senate Finance Committee as a Fiscal Budget Analyst, specializing in taxes and economic development policy.
Matthew currently serves as a board member for Capitalize Albany, the Albany County Visitors Bureau and Park Playhouse.
Matthew has been a resident of Albany County for 15 years. He graduated from the University of Albany with his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in International Relations and Comparative Politics. He also received the Arthur J. Sist Fellowship through the SUNY Center for International Development and worked on a USAID sponsored project in Aman, Jordan.
Samuel I. Fein (D)
Albany County Legislative District 6
Samuel I. Fein
5 Elm Street
Albany, NY 12202
Phone: (518) 362-8380
Committee Assignments: Social Services (Chair), Law, Conservation & Improvement, Civic Center
Samuel I. Fein is serving his first term in the Albany County Legislature, representing the residents of the 6th Legislative District. The district is located completely within the City of Albany, and comprises parts of the South End Neighborhood, Delaware Area Neighborhood, Ten Broeck Triangle, Hudson/Park Neighborhood, and the entire Mansion Neighborhood, Pastures Historic District, and the Downtown Business District.
Sam ran for office in 2015 because he wanted to make a positive influence in his community and believed that government can and should do more to help communities that are in most need. Since taking office January 1, 2016, Sam has consistently advocated for and pursued policies related to equity in employment, worker rights, environmental justice, youth services, vacant building rehabilitation, and immigrant rights. Sam has passed meaningful legislation "banning the box" on county job applications, which prohibited questions about criminal history on county job applications.
Sam has also proposed legislation to initiate a pay equity study for all county employees, legislation to require Human Resources to conduct job fairs and free job training in diverse neighborhoods, legislation to require oil storage tanks to be painted white to lower toxic emissions near public housing developments, and most recently legislation to make Albany County a "sanctuary county." Sam has been a strong advocate of the Albany County Land Bank and has co-sponsored important legislation such as paid sick leave legislation and a styrofoam ban.
Sam's family has a long history in the City of Albany and the 6th District. Sam's ancestors settled in Albany shortly after immigrating to the United States from Eastern Europe in the early 20th Century. His great-grandfather grew up on Delaware Avenue and his family owned businesses in the 6th District, including Breslaw Brother's Furniture, Swire Appliance, and the Mill End Shops. Sam's great-grandfather and great-grandmother met while attending the New York State College for Teachers, now known as UAlbany. Sam earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2012 from Union College. After graduating, he worked on several congressional campaigns before accepting a position in the New York State Assembly.
Sam is very engaged with his community, and is actively involved in many neighborhood associations and community organizations. Being accessible to his constituents is very important to Sam. Being engaged in his community is one of the ways that he keeps his constituents informed on what their county government is doing and learns from his constituents about issues that are important to them.
Beroro T. Efekoro (D)
Albany County Legislative District 7
635 State Street
Albany, NY 12203
Office: (518) 313-6319
Mobile: (917) 889-0345
Committee Assignments: Conservation, Sustainability and Green Initiatives (Vice Chair), Social Services, Economic Development
Beroro T. Efekoro is the first African-born immigrant elected to the Albany County Legislature. He is serving his first term representing the residents of the 7th Legislative District, which comprises the Pine Hills and Beverwyck neighborhoods, located within the City of Albany.
As a Legislator, Beroro has a vast knowledge of policymaking. Beroro is a former legislative assistant to the Majority Leader of the New York State Assembly and current deputy ward leader for the 11th Ward of the Democratic Committee.
Beroro's interest in public service stemmed from his desire to make a positive impact and improve the quality of life for residents of Albany. He believes that every issue is local and the best way to get issues addressed is to treat them at their roots.
In 2013, Beroro Efekoro founded the International Organization for Education Inc., to help students transition from high school to college. Beroro has continued working hard to use this platform to improve literacy rates with young people. The International Organization for Education, through Beroro's leadership, secured Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council as of April 27, 2017. The organization appoints representatives to the UN-NGO Committee each year.
Beroro is also dedicated to leadership and service to the community. In an effort to provide financial support to high school seniors in Albany County, Beroro established the Pine Hills Neighborhood Education Fund on January 1, 2020.
He is a graduate of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York at Albany.
Lynne Lekakis (D) (WFP)
Albany County Legislative District 8
27 Cuyler Avenue
Albany, NY 12209
Phone: (518) 427-7386
Lynne Lekakis was appointed Deputy Majority Leader of the Legislature in April 2018. She is vice chair of the Personnel Committee, and a member of the Health, Conservation & Improvement and Mass Transit committees, and serves as co-Chair of the Albany County Legislative Modernization Task Force. The Modernization Task Force is working on moving the legislature to greater transparency with the use of computer software accessible to all.
Lynne currently serves as the facilities coordinator at Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood. She is also a partner in the consulting firm Kane & Lekakis, applying her organizing, facilitation, and program management skills to nonprofits and businesses in the Capital Region since 2002. Kane & Lekakis has worked with Equinox, United Way, Women’s Bar Association, Neighborhood Resource Center, and many others.
Her volunteer participation in the greater Albany community includes work with the Delaware Avenue Neighborhood Association, Historic Albany Foundation, Albany Unitarian Universalist, and she lead the Honest Weight Food Co-op through several governance changes and the move to its Watervliet Avenue location. She currently is a board member of the Albany Community Action Partnership.
Andrew Joyce (D)
Albany County Legislative District 9
41 Meadow Lane
Albany, NY 12208
Phone: (518) 858-2090
Andrew Joyce is serving his first term on the Albany County Legislature, representing Albany County's 9th Legislative District, spanning sections of Albany, Slingerlands and North Bethlehem. He currently serves as the Chair of the Legislature.
Andrew is a combat veteran, having served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. As an enlisted soldier, Andrew drove 5,000 gallon fuel tankers in and out of Baghdad International Airport to points south in Iraq in the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. After returning home, Andrew earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Political Science. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the NY Army National Guard and has since been promoted to Major.
In 2007, Andrew deployed to Afghanistan where he oversaw access control and security at Coalition Forward Operating Bases.
Andrew also serves his community here at home. He received the NYS Humane Service Medal for his response to Tropical Storm Irene. He also deployed to Staten Island during the response for Superstorm Sandy.
Andrew is a Life Member of the Sheehy-Palmer VFW and a Master Degree member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians' Division 5 in Albany. He's served on the City of Albany's Public, Educational and Government Access Oversight Board (PEGAOB). He is also a communicant of Mater Christi Parish in Albany.
He is a graduate of Bishop Maginn High School and Marist College.
Andrew is a Critical Infrastructure Analyst with the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. He and his wife Jennifer reside in Albany with their son, Colton and daughter, Willow.
Gary W. Domalewicz (D)
Albany County Legislative District 10
23 Upton Road
Albany, NY 12208
Phone: (518) 466-7952
Committee Assignments: Health Committee, Civic Center Committee, and Conservation and Improvement.
Prior Committee Assignments: Public Safety (Chair), Law, Mass Transit, Social Services, Public Works, Special Nursing Home Facilities (Chair) and Audit & Finance.
Gary W. Domalewicz, has been an Albany County Legislator since 1993, representing residents of the 11th Legislative District and since the 2010 re-districting, he represents the 10th Legislative District.
Gary was a member of the County's Welfare Reform Task Force. He is a member and Chair of the Albany County Industrial Development Agency, was elected delegate to the Third Judicial District nominating convention and sat on the Albany City Charter Revision Commission whose recommendation for changes were approved by voters in 1998.
Gary has been in the forefront of legislative efforts to protect children from sex offenders. He worked diligently for more than a year to secure County Legislative enactment of Local Law "F" for 2006 imposing residency restrictions on sexual predators convicted of crimes against minors. The law keeps Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a public or private elementary or secondary school or child care facility in Albany County. He also is a lead sponsor of legislation approving GPS electronic tracking of sex offenders placed on probation.
Gary has been instrumental in the passage of numerous other local laws for the betterment of County residents. He initiated a law requiring background and fingerprint checks for workers under contract with the County to provide home care services to children and the elderly, and later expanded the law to cover private home care providers on a voluntary basis. He was the prime sponsor of legislation requiring price posting by dry cleaners, tailors, shoe repairers, barbers, hairdressers and cosmetologists to give customers the information they need to compare charges, especially price differences for men and women. He advanced legislation establishing health and sanitary standards for tattoo and body-piercing parlors, and outlawing body piercing of minors without the consent of parents or guardians. Additionally, Gary has sponsored measures granting two tax-free weeks a year for clothing and footwear purchases, enacting tax exemptions for veterans, limited-income seniors and disabled homeowners and permitting seniors to pay taxes in installments and farmers to pay delinquent taxes in installments.
He also has sponsored legislation to prohibit the privatization of security staff at correctional facilities and to require mandatory testing of inmates involved in an altercation which might expose correctional employees to diseases such as HIV, hepatitis and tuberculosis.
In recognition of his leadership role to advance legislation protecting the health of families in Albany County, Gary was honored with the American Lung Association 2003 Community Action Award and the New York State Public Health Association 2003 Community Leadership Award.
Active in the community, Gary has been an active participant of All Saints Parish (formerly St. Margaret Mary's Parish), American Legion Joseph E. Zaloga Post 1520, Albany Elks Lodge 49, Polish-American Citizens Club, the Buckingham Pond-Crestwood Neighborhood Association and the Knights of Pythias. Gary is listed in the "Who's Who in New York State Democratic Politics."
A lifelong Albany resident, Gary is married to the former Sandy Gullo. He is a graduate of the Albany Business College.
Gary served as a former Majority Leader of the Democratic caucus of the Albany County Legislature.
Frank J. Commisso (D)
Albany County Legislative District 11
130 Cottage Avenue
Albany, NY 12203
Home: (518) 438-5387
Office: (518) 447-7117
Cellphone: (518) 461-4372
Committee Assignments: Special Nursing Home Facilities
Prior Committee Assignments: Audit & Finance (Chair), Civic Center, Court Facilities (Chair), Mass Transit (Chair), Public Works, Law, Penal and Social Services
Frank J. Commissohas been an Albany County Legislator since 1983, representing residents of the 12th Legislative District and since the 2010 re-districting, he represents the 11th Legislative District.
Frank served as the Majority Leader of the Legislature from 1993-2018. He also served on Special Committee’s for the Albany County Civic Center and Nursing Home Facilities.
As a member of the original Airport Steering Committee, Frank played a key role in the 1993 creation of the Albany County Airport Authority as an entity independent of County Government to operate and develop the airport. The most visible results have been the new terminal, parking facilities and traffic control tower and the attraction of the low-fare carrier Southwest Airlines.
During his legislative career, Frank has focused on creating a positive climate for economic development, protecting the County's capital investments and holding County property taxes in check despite runaway costs for Medicaid and other State mandates. He has supported improvements to the Civic Center to guarantee its continued financial success and the expansion and modernization of the County's court facilities. This project included renovation of the County Courthouse, construction of a criminal justice building and lease of a new Family Court building. He has opposed sales tax revenue cuts to the 19 municipalities in Albany County to avoid property tax hikes. Frank has worked very hard to establish the Albany County Land Bank, he is a sponsor of the Legislation and is actively involved in streamlining and facilitating the processes by which vacant, abandoned, and underutilized properties throughout the County are returned to productive use. He has also sponsored legislation for the Albany County Nursing Home, which continues to protect the employees as well as the County’s most vulnerable residents and seniors. Additional legislation Frank has sponsored include adding acreage to the Pine Bush, aiding volunteer firefighters and ambulance squads in recruitment and retention efforts and raise income eligibility limits for seniors and disabled homeowners to qualify for county property tax exemptions.
Frank was the business manager for the Port of Albany District Commission, where he retired. He attended Albany Business College until drafted into the U.S. Army. He served in the Army stateside during 1965-67. He is has been an active participant of the Knights of Pythias, Italian Benevolent Society and the North Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Department. He has two sons, Vincent and Frank.
William M. Clay (D)
Albany County Legislative District 12
4 Highland Court
Albany, NY 12203
Phone: (518) 456-6538
Committee Assignments: Audit & Finance (Vice Chair), Social Services and Public Safety
Prior Committee Assignments: Court Facilities, Mass Transit and Civic Center
William M. Clay has been an Albany County Legislator since 2004, representing residents of the 13th Legislative District and since the 2010 re-districting, he represents the 12th Legislative District.
Bill currently serves as Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus and Chair of the Albany County Industrial Development Agency.
Bill has supported legislation to secure Homeland Security grants to give police, firefighters and medical personnel the communications technology they need to respond effectively to terrorist threats as well as day-to-day emergencies. He sponsored legislation to establish an integrated domestic violence court in Albany, urged state approval for an increase in New York's minimum wage and supported improvements to maintain the Pepsi Arena as a first-class facility attracting high-caliber entertainment and sporting events.
Bill served as Assistant Commissioner of the New York State Office of General Services in charge of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises and community relations. He rejoined the agency in 2007 after serving nearly 15 years as president of his own private investigation and security firm, which he formed in 1993 after 29 years with the State OGS. He first joined OGS in 1964 as a Capital Police Officer and rose through the ranks to become Captain in 1989. From 1981-1992, he served as Director of the MWBE program for OGS while on leave from his Capital Police assignments.
He was elected Treasurer of Council #82, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and local union President, serving in both positions from 1969-1980. He also was elected to the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Capital District Minority Contractors Association and to the Albany County Democratic Committee.
Bill has won numerous awards throughout the years for his work to promote minority and women-owned business development and was a member of the NYS Security Guard Advisory Council, Associated Licensed Detectives of NYS, Inc., NAACP Albany branch and 100 Black Men, Inc. of the Capitol Region. He served as a member of the Board of Deacons for the Metropolitan New Testament Missionary Baptist Church of Albany and President of the Board of Directors of Drake Manor Senior Housing. He is the Director of Facilities Management for the Metropolitan Baptist Church.
Bill attended Hudson Valley Community College, Cornell University, State University of New York at Albany, Empire State College and Rensselaer Polytechnic to study business and financial administration and labor relations.
He was married to his late wife Emma Jean and has two grown sons, Michael and Scott.
Raymond F. Joyce (D)
Albany County Legislative District 13
54 Manning Blvd
Albany, NY 12203
Phone: (518) 599-0338
Committee Assignments: Audit & Finance, Health, Personnel, Mass Transit and Special Nursing Home Facilities
Prior Committee Assignments: Personnel and Mass Transit
Raymond F. Joyce was appointed in January 2004 to the 14th District seat that had been held for 36 years by his late father, the Honorable Harold L. Joyce, and since the 2010 re-districting, Ray represents the 13th Legislative District.
Ray introduced legislation deferring property tax payments for Albany County residents called to active military duty and additionally introduced legislation with colleagues Timothy Nichols and John Frederick urging the Albany County Board of Elections to choose optical scan voting machines for future elections throughout the county. Further legislation sponsored by Ray includes sex offender residency restrictions, one of the first in New York State, establishment of an integrated domestic violence court in Albany, increasing the income eligibility limits for seniors and disabled persons to qualify for county property tax exemptions and enactment of county tax breaks for qualified first-time homebuyers. Ray fought to preserve the Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center as a separate entity and urged State approval for an increase in New York's minimum wage. He also was instrumental in securing Homeland Security grants to give police, firefighters and medical personnel the communications technology they need to respond effectively to terrorist threats and day-to-day emergencies.
A lifelong resident of the neighborhoods he represents, Ray works for National Grid as Lead Supervisor for the company's Eastern Regional Control Center for Eastern New York. He attended neighborhood schools, Blessed Sacrament and Public School #16, and attended Christian Brothers Academy. Ray holds an A.A.S. in construction management/civil engineering, a B.S. in business and an Executive MBA at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Ray is a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and has been an active participant of the Blessed Sacrament's Holy Name Society. He is a past president and chair of the Albany Junior Chamber of Commerce and former chair of the Niagara Mohawk Federal Credit Union Supervisory Committee.
He has continuously been involved in West End and community affairs over the years through his work with various civic, service and charitable organizations. Among them are the Beverwyck Neighborhood Association, Friends of Westland Hills, Upper Washington Avenue Neighborhood Association, Friends of the Madison, New Albany Neighborhood Association, West End Neighborhood Association, City of Albany Special Events Office and Niagara Mohawk Community Action Team. He also has participated in the activities of the Special Olympics, Hugh O'Brien Youth Foundation, Equinox, Martin Luther King Jr. Commission and Institute for Nonviolence, Ancient Order of the Hibernians and St. Patrick's Outreach. He is a lifelong member of the Blessed Sacrament Parish.
Ray is grateful for the opportunity to continue the tradition, practiced by his father and his father's father before him, of service to his neighbors in the West End.
Alison McLean Lane (D) (WFP) (I)
Albany County Legislative District 14
112 State Street, Room 700
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 935-3198
Committee Assignments: Mass Transit Committee
Alison McLean Lane is a resident of the Village of Menands where she resides with her husband Tim and their two children. Both she and her husband's family have been residents of Albany County for generations. Alison is currently a Legislative Director at the New York State Assembly, where she specializes in constituent services, and is actively involved with several non-profits organizations.
Alison grew up on Dove Street in the City of Albany. She attended Boston College where she received her undergraduate degree. Immediately following college, she worked for the Lyons Group in Boston for over seven years and was the corporation's liaison to the City of Boston's Mayor's Office of Consumer Affairs and the City of Boston's Licensing Board. She moved to New York City for graduate school at the State University of New York's Fashion Institute of Technology and then worked in Manhattan specializing in marketing and communications.
She was previously employed by the Town of Colonie Supervisor's Office as an Aide to the Supervisor where she specialized in constituent services. She was also a founding member and chairwoman of the Farmer's Market at the Crossings board and managed the market for over three years.
Robert J. Beston (D)
Albany County Legislative District 15
1406 6th Avenue
Watervliet, NY 12189
Phone: (518) 272-1038
Committee Assignments: Court Facilities (Chair), Law and Public Safety
Prior Committee Assignments: Public Safety and Court Facilities
Robert J. Beston, was appointed on June 11, 2001 to fill a vacancy and won the election the following November to serve the remaining two years in the term, representing residents of the 16th Legislative District and since the 2010 re-districting, he represents the 15th Legislative District.
Bob has been instrumental in passage of resolutions to finance the enhancement of services to the senior population, expand public access to computer and Internet services through a library technology grant program, support improvements to the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail and restore funds to continue the Project STRIVE program providing preventive services to at-risk families and children in Watervliet and northeastern Albany County.
He has been employed full-time since 1998 by Siena College in the Plant Operations Division of plumbing and heating. Previously, he owned and operated Densmore's, a grocery/delicatessen on Cohoes Road in Watervliet for 12 years and established a catering service and video store.
Bob was a policeman for the Watervliet Police Department from 1963 through 1986, assigned to traffic and accident investigations and, early in his law enforcement career, to a pre-DARE program educating youngsters about the hazards of drug use. During this period, he also owned and operated part-time an auto body shop for 18 years.
Bob and his wife, Sandra, are the parents of three children: Tina, Lori and Robert Jr.
Sean E. Ward (D) (C) (I)
Albany County Legislative District 16
112 State Street, Room 710
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 447-7117
Committee Assignments: Personnel, Health, and Public Safety
Prior Committee Assignments: Civic Center (Chair)
Sean E. Ward has been an Albany County Legislator since 1995, representing residents of the 16th Legislative District. Sean was elected Chairman of the Legislature in 2016 and served for two years in the position. Prior to that he was Deputy Majority Leader from 2000-2015. His 16th Legislative District encompasses all of the Village of Green Island and portions of the Cities of Cohoes and Watervliet and the Town of Colonie, including all of Maplewood.
As the former long-time chair of the Civic Center Committee, Sean was active in promoting the Civic Center. During his 10 years as committee chair, annual operating income exceeded $1 million for seven consecutive years, once topping $2 million; the arena signed a 10-year naming rights contract with Pepsi Bottling Group guaranteeing $3.6 million in revenues and another $2 million in promotional spending; corporate suites were fully occupied, and the arena attracted the highest-caliber entertainers and musical events for patrons of all ages. The arena also became home base for the Siena College men's basketball team.
During Sean's tenure as Chair of the Legislature, the arena went through a rebirth with extensive renovations including a fully enclosed atrium area which only solidifies its standing as "Upstate New York's Premier Sports and Entertainment Facility". The Albany County Nursing Home was saved after attempts to close it and is now undergoing a major transformation to get it ready for the future. All legislative meetings are now on video including live streaming of all full legislative meetings. The Legislature's website was updated and agendas and videos of all meetings are available for viewing at anytime. The Ethics Board was convened by Chairman Ward in May of 2016 and is a viable and active body today serving the people of Albany County.
He served as Chairman of the Legislature's 2000 and 2015 Redistricting Commissions and the Item-Pricing Subcommittee. In addition, Sean chaired the Legislative Tobacco Task Force which was charged with developing a policy on distribution of Albany County's share of the national tobacco settlement that is still saving taxpayer dollars today. Sean also represented the Legislature on the Albany County Traffic Safety Awareness Committee and is presently a Commissioner on the Albany County Water Purification District Board.
Among his legislative accomplishments are the securing of $500,000 for Green Island's Cohoes Avenue reconstruction project and $400,000 to advance construction in downtown Cohoes from the County's "Advantage" economic development program. Additionally, he helped secure legislative approval for $140,000 in job creation and retention grants for Green Island Empire Zone businesses through the Business Incentive Fund. These funds helped to enhance economic development efforts in those two communities by creating businesses that brought with them just under 1,000 jobs and increasing the tax base substantially.
Active in organizations devoted to youth activities, Sean was head coach of the Heatly High School girls varsity basketball team and the Heatly boys varsity baseball and soccer teams. He was inducted into the Heatly School Athletic Hall of Fame as a player and coach in 2007. He also has coached soccer in the Watervliet Youth Soccer Program, and coached Academy Of The Holy Names, St. Basil's and Youth of Green Island (YOGI) CYO basketball, Green Island Little League, Spring and Devilcats youth baseball, and St. Brigid's girls softball. He was an active participant of the Albany Sports Foundation and Project CARE, a program devoted to helping youth avoid alcohol and drugs. He has also served on the Local Organizing Committees for three NCAA basketball tournaments that have been held in Albany.
Sean is Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Green Island and was Green Island Town Supervisor from 1988-95. He also is Chief Executive Officer of the Village of Green Island Industrial Development Agency (IDA) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Green Island Senior Citizens. Sean and his wife, Colleen, are the parents of two adult children, Taryn and Christian.
Bill Ricard (D)
Albany County Legislative District 17
23 Trull Street
Cohoes, NY 12047
Phone: (518) 428-3108
Committee Assignments: Elder Care (Vice Chair), Law, Economic Development
Bill Ricard is serving his first term as an Albany County Legislator representing the residents of the 17th Legislative District, wholly in the historic city of Cohoes.
A local business owner, Bill is the sole owner of Citizen Helpers Inc., a member of an LLC, Complete Remodeling Services + MORE LLC where he serves as a Senior Advisor.
Bill has lived in the city of Cohoes for the majority of his life, with ancestors who have lived in every ward that he represents. Bill previously served as a Councilmember representing Cohoes’ 3rd Ward.
He was a past president of the Cohoes Chamber of Commerce and was instrumental in the successful merger with the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce, now known as the Capital Region Chamber. He also served on the Tech Valley Chamber Coalition, was Vice Chair on the Historic Preservation Commission in Cohoes and a member of the Character Counts Committee.
Bill is a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity.
Bill is a graduate of the State University of New York College at Brockport where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a minor in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication. He is a 1985 graduate of LaSalle Institute in Troy, NY.
Bill lives in Cohoes with his wife and two children.
Gilbert F. Ethier (D)
Albany County Legislative District 18
26 Middle Street
Cohoes, NY 12047
Phone: (518) 237-9530
Committee Assignments:Vice-chair of the Elder Care Committee, member of the Conservation & Improvement and Mass Transit committees
Prior Committee Assignments:Public Safety (Chair), Public Works (Chair), Personnel, Civic Center, Health, Audit & Control, Public Information and Civil Defense
Gilbert F. Ethier has been an Albany County Legislator since 1980, representing residents of the 19th Legislative District and since the 2010 re-districting, he represents the 18th Legislative District. Gil was appointed Deputy Majority Leader of the Legislature in April 2018, and served in that position from 2016 until January 2018. He is co-chair of the Legislative Rules Reform Task Force. He received a Legislative Distinguished Service Award in February 2018 for his 38 years as a legislator.
During his tenure as Chair of the Public Works Committee, Gil advocated for legislation supporting scheduled maintenance and reconstruction programs for County roads, bridges, highway shoulders, drainage ditches and guard rails which make up the County's 300-mile highway network. He also supported the Public Works Department's efforts to increase efficiency through implementation of a snow and ice control plan during difficult Northeast winters and supported improvements along the seven-mile stretch of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail.
Among his other major accomplishments are securing County support for Cohoes in its efforts to promote commercial revitalization of the downtown area and relocating the Sheriff's Department Emergency Operations Center from downtown Albany to offices at 75 Remsen Street in Cohoes.
He has been a member of the Advocacy Steering Committee of the Mohawk Towpath Trail Scenic Byway Project, an appointment that reflects his support of the Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor Commission's efforts to incorporate the proposed trail in the national scenic byway program. He believes the inclusion of Cohoes Falls, the Harmony Mills factories and other points of interest in the City of Cohoes will add to the scenic, recreational and historic value of the proposed trail.
A lifelong resident of Cohoes, Gil has been active in community affairs. He served as President of the Cohoes High School Men's Association promoting sports activities, is a former member of the Athletic Board of Cohoes Catholic Schools and is a volunteer worker at the Cohoes Community Center. A retired Ford Motor Co. employee at the Green Island plant, he is a member of and former representative for the United Auto Workers Local 930. He has been a member of the Knights of Columbus Cohoes Council, the Order of the Moose of Cohoes and has been active with the children of the community as a Little League manager and Pop Warner organizer.
He and his wife, Barbara, are the parents of four children.
Todd A. Drake (R)
Albany County Legislative District 19
222 Forts Ferry Road
Latham, NY 12110
Phone: (518) 857-9755
David B. Mayo (D) (C) (I)
Albany County Legislative District 20
14 Morgan Way
Latham, NY 12110
Phone: (518) 783-7388
Committee Assignments: Mass Transit and Civic Center
Prior Committee Assignments: Personnel and Public Works
David B. Mayo has been an Albany County Legislator since 2004, representing residents of the 21st Legislative District and since the 2010 re-districting, he represents the 20th Legislative District.
Dave is a self-employed court reporter. He retired as an official court reporter for State Supreme and County Courts in the Third Judicial District in 2013, having held the position since 1981, and formerly taught court reporting courses. He has been a member of the National Court Reporters Association and the New York State Court Reporters Association, and has served as Vice President of the Board of Directors. Dave previously served as Board Chair, member of the Legislative Committee and chair of the Speed Contest Committee of the State Association.
He is a graduate of Watervliet High School and holds an Associate of Applied Science degree from Alfred State College.
Active in community and school affairs, Dave has been an active member of the Latham Ridge Parent Teachers Association and Elks Lodge #1500, and is a former North Colonie Little League baseball coach and manager and Colonie Youth Center basketball coach. He has provided closed-captioning for the deaf and hearing impaired for a local television station.
Dave and his wife Laurie are the parents of three children, Jeffrey, Zachary and Abby.
Jennifer A. Whalen (R)
Albany County Legislative District 21
498 Loudon Road
Loudonville, NY 12211
Phone: (518) 339-4238
Committee assignments: Mass Transit, Elder Care and Law
Jennifer Whalen is serving her first term on the Albany County Legislature, representing the residents of the 21st district, which includes Loudonville and Latham.
Jennifer has a record of public service. From 2015 to 2019, Jennifer served a four-year term as a Colonie Town Councilwoman, where she fought for lower taxes, fiscal responsibility, increased transparency, and a business friendly environment.
Jennifer served as an Assistant Counsel at the New York State Racing and Wagering Board where she prosecuted cases in the thoroughbred and harness racing industries. Jennifer was an Assistant Attorney General for the New York State Department of Law, where among other responsibilities, she helped recover taxpayer funds stolen from innocent victims by dishonest attorneys, went after fraudulent Medicaid claims, and recovered monies from those who mismanaged state authorities. Her early years out of law school were spent as a law associate in a large law firm in Albany, where she handled cases in state and federal court, gaining experience in all legal disciplines.
Jennifer is the owner of the Whalen Group, a residential and commercial real estate firm that has helped Capital Region families achieve homeownership since 2005. She is also a solo practitioner in the general practice of law.
Jennifer received a law degree from Albany Law School and bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, where she currently serves as a regional chairperson of the Georgetown Admissions Alumni Interviewer Program. She attended high school at the Emma Willard School in Troy. She is admitted to the bar in the states of New York, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.
Jennifer lives in the Town of Colonie with her husband, Dr. Matthew Ben. They have two sons.
Peter B. Tunny (R) (C) (I)
Albany County Legislative District 22
198 Shaker Ridge Drive
Niskayuna, NY 12309
Phone: (518) 869-7404
Peter B. Tunny was elected to his first term in the Albany County Legislature beginning June 1, 2004 to represent residents of the 23rd Legislative District. His district encompasses Vly Road, parts of Lishakill Road, Shaker Ridge, Albany Airport, the south side of Troy-Schenectady Road from Birchwood Lane to Wade Road.
Peter is a member of the Court Facilities, Public Works, Social Services and Conservation and Improvement Committees.
Director of Transportation in the South Colonie Central School District since July of 1989, Peter was also on the Colonie Town Board from January of 1996 until December of 2003, and also the Deputy Town Supervisor from January of 2001 until December of 2003.
Peter graduated from Colonie Central High School, and received his B.A. in Political Science from Siena College.
Active in his community, Peter is also presently affiliated with the Colonie Youth Center Board of Directors, the Colonie Fire Company, Friends of Pruyn House and Shaker Heritage Society.
Paul J. Burgdorf (R)(C)(I)
Albany County Legislative District 23
7 Chippendale Ct.
Latham, NY 12110
Phone: (518) 669-1234
Paul J. Burgdorf was elected to his first term in the Albany County Legislature in November of 2015 to represent the 23rd District. The district encompasses parts of Latham and Loudonville - north of Albany Shaker Road between Osborne Road and the Northway - and parts of the Village of Colonie north of Barker Street, Hunting Road and Sand Creek roads.
In January of 2018 and again in January 2019, Paul was named Chairman of the Legislature’s Public Works Committee. Paul made local history as part of a bi-partisan leadership coalition.
In addition to his committee leadership, Paul is the Republican Deputy Minority Leader of the Legislature, and serves on the Audit and Finance and Law Committees. He has authored important legislation including a comprehensive study on the future of Albany Shaker Road and requiring employee background checks for prospective Albany County employees. Paul also drafted bi-partisan legislation with the legislative leadership and Albany County Sheriff to study gaps in E-911 coverage for cell phones, a critical problem in Latham and Loudonville and throughout Albany County.
As a staunch advocate for taxpayer dollars, Paul has been proud to help in the crafting of a 2019 budget which cut resident property taxes by almost 4.5% from 2018. This was an even bigger cut than what he helped worked to achieve in the 2017 and 2018 budget cycles.
Paul has been vocal in his advocacy of more transparency in the Legislature, including modernizing the operation of the legislature and updating antiquated rules. Paul also was part of a “paperless legislature” project where 6 legislators replaced their paper agendas with a tablet. The project was an immediate success and the “paperless legislature” was included in the omnibus modernization legislation passed in 2018.
Paul has lived in the district he represents for more than 35 years. It is here he and his wife Jane raised their family. He is a graduate of SUNY Albany (BA) and has a distinguished executive career in public service that includes association management in the New York State construction industry, staff leadership in the NYS Senate, and senior management of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York and the Town of Colonie. Paul was elected to four terms as Councilman in the Town of Colonie, which included service as Deputy Supervisor. Through these various experiences, Paul became an expert in the local and state legislative process, solid waste management, and municipal administration, finance and both public and private construction.
Long active in local community activities, Paul is particularly proud of his volunteer work and support of youth sports in North Colonie, the Colonie Community Foundation, the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, Colonie Youth Centers, Inc. and Colonie Senior Service Centers, Inc. He is an avid sportsman and member of the West Albany Rod and Gun Club, Hendrick Hudson Fish and Game Club and remains a social member of the Stanford Heights Fire Department where he was an active volunteer fire fighter.
Paul and his wife Jane, have three adult children: Jessica, Michelle and Paul III; four grandchildren: Xander, Maddux, Theodor and Ben; and a rescue dog from Help Orphan Puppies: Bear.
Nathan L. Bruschi (D)
Albany County Legislative District 24
32 Aviation Rd #123
Albany, NY 12205
Phone: (518) 362-8426
Committee Assignments: Public Works (Chair), Social Services, Economic Development
Nathan L. Bruschi is a native of the Capital Region who was first elected to the Legislature in 2019, representing the families and businesses of South Colonie and Loudonville.
Nathan began his public service as an Intelligence Officer serving in the United States Navy. He was awarded Navy Achievement Medals for service with Strike Fighter Squadron 115 onboard the USS George Washington in Japan, and with EOD Mobile Unit SIX leading humanitarian missions throughout Central America. After finishing his service at the rank of Lieutenant, Nathan served in National Security Affairs in the White House under Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Nathan is the founder of the Dartmouth Uniformed Services Alumni, a nonprofit that has helped dozens of military veterans unlock opportunities in higher education and inspires more college students to serve. He currently works as the Chief Financial Officer for GENESYS, a recruiting and staffing firm based in Colonie, where he helps residents get local jobs in the information technology sector.
Nathan has also volunteered with Boy Scouts of America for over two decades, earning numerous awards. He serves on several boards supporting education and veteran issues. In high school, at the Albany Academy, Nathan instituted a leadership program that is still in use today.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.
Joseph E. O'Brien (D)
Albany County Legislative District 25
112 State St, Rm 700
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 447-7117
Committee Assignments: Public Works and Mass Transit
Joseph E. O'Brien is serving his second term in the Albany County Legislature as a representative of the residents of the 25th Legislative District. Elected in November 2011, Joe's district includes parts of Loudonville and West Albany. Joe is a twenty year resident of the Town of Colonie and a proud father of one son, Brendan, who graduated from Shaker High School. Joe has been active in his community, where he helped coach at West Albany Little League and at Colonie Youth Basketball. Joe and his wife Mary Ellen are active members in the Greater Loudonville Association and Friends of the Pruyn House.
Joe is retired from the State of New York after 33 years of service. He was the Director of Operations for the Assembly. As Director, he oversaw many restoration projects including improved accessibility to the Assembly Chamber. Other areas of expertise include building management, planning and implementation of state projects and supervision of administrative departments.
Joe has been in the forefront on a number of issues including support for the Albany County nursing home and the revitalizing of the former Tobin First Prize meat packing plant. Whether the issue is jobs and the economy or being a watchdog for our tax dollars, Joe hopes to use his experience to serve his constituents. Keeping government transparent is high on Joe's agenda; he plans to send out newsletters on important topics and welcomes input on issues that affect his district and the County.
Joe has close ties to the community and a vested interest in local issues. His passion for the beautiful, historic Town of Colonie and his determination to fight for his residents is what made him seek public office.
Joe resides in Loudonville with his wife Mary Ellen and their son Brendan.
Patrice Lockart (R) (C) (I)
Albany County Legislative District 26
Phone: (518) 456-3866
Patrice Schwarz Lockart, a lifelong Village of Colonie resident, is serving her third term representing the Albany County Legislature's 26th District. Lockart also proudly represents the Village of Colonie as a member of its Board of Trustees.
Legislator Lockart retired from the Colonie Police Departments after 34 years of service. She worked as the Victim Specialist for the Colonie Police Department and partnered extensively with various Town, County and State agencies to assist youth, families, elderly, and other vulnerable populations.
As a founder and current Advisory Board Member of the Colonie Youth Court, Lockart developed and implemented the very successful and cost-effective program that has become a statewide model and has garnered national and international attention.
Lockart is a graduate of Colonie Central High School and the State University of New York at Albany. She served on The Albany County Child Advocacy Center Policy and Planning Committee, was a member of the Multidisciplinary Team for investigations and prosecutions of child sexual abuse, and the Town of Colonie Senior Network Advisory Board. She served for 10 years on the NYS Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. Lockart also served as a consultant to the United States Department of Justice, is a past speaker for the National Youth Court Center and conducted training on issues related to sexual assault investigations and victimization, and elderly/elder abuse.
Patty has been the recipient of several recognitions, most notably the United States Department of Justice/US Attorney's Office Spirit of Justice Award and from the Colonie Police Benevolent Association for her work with and dedication to the community.
Patty is the immediate past chair of the Public Safety committee of the Albany County Legislature. She currently serves on the Social Services and Public Safety committees with past service on Law, Elder Care, Conservation and Improvement, and Nursing Home committees.
Frank A. Mauriello (R)
Albany County Legislative District 27
5 Ausable Forks
Colonie, NY 12205
Phone: (518) 461-0188
Frank Mauriello is currently serving his first term in the Albany County Legislature. His district encompasses the most western portion of the Town of Colonie stretching from Rt. 155/New Karner Road in the east and the border with Schenectady County to the west, to Consaul and Lisha Kill Road to the north. His district includes a wide variety of neighborhoods as well as businesses along the Central Avenue corridor. The inclusion of both the Town of Colonie Golf Course, and much of the Albany Pine Bush in the district, has made Frank increasingly aware of and attuned to the growing concerns regarding development in the area.
As a Colonie Central High School graduate, Frank grew up in the district he now represents and has previously represented it as a Colonie Town Board Member. Frank’s two terms on the Town Board and four years on the Sign Review Board gave him invaluable insight and experience in making municipal government work. Throughout his tenure in public service and in the private sector, Frank has demonstrated thoughtful and steady leadership by being a highly organized and detail-oriented individual. His professional work has taken him across the region as a 26 year experienced sales executive earning many accolades along the way including the Outstanding Business Award from the Rotary Club of Guilderland-Colonie. Whether it’s for a client or a constituent, Frank serves their needs with diligence and professionalism.
Mr. Mauriello is also heavily involved in his community serving on multiple boards in his neighborhood. Frank served on the Board of Fire Commissioners for Midway Fire District from 2009 until 2013 including spending 2011 and 2013 as Chairman. He has also served on South Colonie School District’s Dollars for Scholars Board of Directors since 2009 and has served as the 1st Vice-President since 2014.
Frank received his Bachelor of Science from Siena College and is proud to represent the 27th district and call it his home. He will continue to fight as Minority Leader (a position he took in January 2016) for lower taxes and a more transparent and more effective government that serves on behalf of the people and not for government bureaucrats.
Dennis A. Feeney (D) (C) (I)
Albany County Legislative District 28
112 State St, Rm 700
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 588-2227
Committee Assignments: Law Committee. He is a former member of the Mass Transit, Civic Center, Conservation & Improvement and Health committees
Dennis Feeney was elected Majority Leader of the Legislature in April 2018. He is serving his third term as an Albany County Legislator, and his second term representing residents of the 28th Legislative District. The Legislative District is contained wholly in the Town of Guilderland. He previously represented the 30th district from April 2004 to June 2007.
A local attorney, Dennis is a partner in the Guilderland firm of Feeney and Centi, located in the Great Oaks Office Complex in building 100, suite 127. Dennis is a lifelong resident of Guilderland. He is a member of the Guilderland Elks Lodge and the Pinehaven Country Club. He is also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the President of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Conference of the St.Vincent De Paul Society.
Dennis attended State University of New York at Buffalo 1979-1983 and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree; subsequently, he attended The University of Toledo College of Law 1983-1986 and earned his Juris Doctor degree. He has been recognized as an Upstate New York Super Lawyer in the area of Probate Law.
Dennis lives in Guilderland with his wife Terri.
Mark E. Grimm (R)
Albany County Legislative District 29
112 State Street
Albany NY 12207
Phone: (518) 650-5096
Committee Assignments: Audit and Finance (Ranking Minority Member), Personnel (Chair), Modernization Task Force (Co-Chair)
Mark Grimm was elected to the Albany County Legislature in November 2015 and began his four-year term on January 1, 2016. The 29th District represents residents and businesses in the Carman Road/Western Avenue area of Guilderland.
Mark founded Mark Grimm Communications in 2002. As a sole proprietor, he conducts motivational and training seminars for businesses, governments and nonprofit associations and provides one-on-one coaching in public speaking and media relations. Mark hosted the Siena Alumni Connection radio show on FM 88.3 for years. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce and Trainer of the Year by the Hudson-Mohawk chapter of the Association for Talent Development. Mark spent 12 years as a TV news anchor/reporter in six markets and conducted one-on-one interviews with Presidents Bush and Clinton.
Mark served on the Guilderland Town Board from 2008-2011. He was also an adjunct media professor at St. Rose or Siena for 11 years.
Mark is the past president of the Stevens Farm Homeowners Association, was the volunteer Master of Ceremonies for the first ever Stakeholders’ GOBY awards and was a founding committee member for Operation Welcome Home, established during the 1991 Persian Gulf War to help provide a successful homecoming experience for returning vets.
Mark is a Magna Cum Laude Siena College graduate where he was named the Conlin Scholar, the top English major award. He received his master’s degree in Public Communications from the prestigious Newhouse School at Syracuse University.
Mark, his wife Karen, and young daughter live in the Fort Hunter area of Guilderland. Mark is one of nine children.
Dustin M. Reidy (D)
Albany County Legislative District 30
4 Wood Lake Road
Albany, NY 12203
Phone: (518) 407-5439
Committee Assignments: Health (Vice Chair), Personnel, Economic Development
Dustin M. Reidy is serving his first term in the Albany County Legislature, representing the 30th Legislative District, which covers a portion of Guilderland.
Dustin is a former health care worker. For the past 10 years, he has managed issue, advocacy and candidate campaigns. He has proudly worked for Planned Parenthood, Change to Win labor federation and progressive Democratic candidates for local and state level races. In 2017, Dustin founded NY19Votes, which helped train and coordinate volunteer efforts in the 19th Congressional District and successfully flipped the seat to blue in 2018.
Dustin is a lifelong resident of the Capital Region. He was born in Scotia and attended Scotia-Glenville Public Schools. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. Dustin has resided in Guilderland over 10 years with his wife Maureen Casale-Reidy.
Jeff Perlee (R) (C)
Albany County Legislative District 31
1189 Berne Altamont Road
Altamont, NY 12009
Phone: (518) 243-0038
Committee Assignments: Public Works, Social Services, Elder Care.
Jeff Perlee is serving his first term on the Albany County Legislature, representing the 31st Legislative District, which makes up the iconic Helderberg region.
The Perlee family came to Albany County in the 1630s and were among the first settlers of the Helderberg region nearly a century later.
A native of Altamont, Jeff was educated in the Guilderland Schools. He holds a B.A. from Hobart College and a J.D. from Duke University. He practiced zoning and planning law with Sidley and Austin in Chicago and served as General Counsel to the Illinois Lottery. Jeff returned to the Capital District to serve as Director (CEO) of the New York Lottery.
Jeff served two terms as Commissioner of the Capital-Saratoga State Park commission, with responsibility over the Saratoga State Spa as well as Thacher and Thompson’s Lake State Parks, both of which are in the 31st Legislative District. Jeff also served as Chairman of the Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid, the Guilderland Republican Committee and the Schenectady Bicentennial Commission.
He was co-founder of Altamont Community Tradition (ACT) and Hungerford Market, both in Altamont, and served as Director of the Guilderland YMCA, the Guilderland Food Pantry and St. John’s Lutheran’s Church. He is a licensed Albany County Foster Parent.
Perlee lives with his children on an old family farm just above the historic village of Altamont.
Mickey Cleary (D)
Albany County Legislative District 32
28 West Parkwood Street
Albany, NY 12203
Phone: (518) 858-2200
Committee Assignments: Public Works, Social Services, Conservation, Sustainability and Green Initiatives, Economic Development (Vice Chair)
Mickey Cleary is serving his first term in the Albany County Legislature representing the 32nd Legislative District. The district is located in the Eastern and Southern portion of the Town of Guilderland. Mickey is a lifelong resident of Guilderland and has raised his family in McKownville.
Mickey is a graduate of Guilderland High School and the State University of New York at New Paltz. He is an Administrative Assistant in the New York State Unified Court System Third Judicial District and a licensed real estate salesperson for over 30 years.
Mickey has 28 years of service to the Guilderland Democratic Party. He is the past National Vice President and Safety Officer of Pine Bush Little League, as well as a past coach. He is also past coach, team parent, and fundraising leader for Guilderland United Soccer Club. Mickey is a member of the Guilderland Elks Club 2480 for 23 years, and was a member of the Guilderland Planning Board for 19 years.
Mickey and his wife, Sue, have two adult children, Zachary and Ashley.
William Reinhardt (D) (WFP)
Albany County Legislative District 33
1613 New Scotland Rd.
Slingerlands, NY 12159
Phone: (518) 369-8573
Committee Assignments: Conservation and Improvement (Chair); Mass Transit; Public Works; and Social Services.
William Reinhardt Reinhardt took office as an Albany County legislator representing residents of the 33rd legislative district in January 2016.
Bill served on the Bethlehem Town Board from 2013 to 2015, and on the town’s Budget Advisory Team in 2012. Bill's professional career in the fields of energy policy and technology development includes 26 years at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
Recently, Bill has focused on a sustainable energy strategy in Bethlehem and Albany County in the context of our changing global climate. In 2014, to support the Bethlehem Sustainability Plan and county-wide sustainability efforts, Bill co-founded Solarize Albany, a nonprofit citizens group seeking to transform solar energy markets in Albany County through public education and the bulk purchase of solar power installations.
Bill attended Cornell University before earning Masters Degrees in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University, and Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Residents of Slingerlands since 1989, Bill and his wife, Gail, have raised three children, Jessie, Seth and DJ. In recent years, Bethlehem has also seen the arrival of son-in-law, Michael and grandchildren, Mirabelle, Max and Juniper.
Joanne Cunningham (D)
Albany County Legislative District 34
430 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
Phone: (518) 447-7117
Joanne Cunningham was elected to her first term in the Albany County Legislature in November 2015 and represents Election District 34, which encompasses central Delmar. Joanne was also elected to the Bethlehem Central School District Board of Education and served from 2013 to 2017. She has served on the Bethlehem Democratic Committee (BDC) for several years, was appointed to the position of 1st Vice Chair in 2017 and was unanimously elected as the Chair of the BDC in September 2018.
Joanne has more than two decades of executive management experience as the current Executive Director of the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, as the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Home Care Association of New York State, and as the former Executive Director of the Healthcare Trustees of New York State. In these roles and in prior senior leadership positions in state healthcare associations, Joanne serves as a statewide health care policy leader, with particular expertise in the home health care policy and legislative/regulatory health care advocacy field. In addition, Joanne has extensive experience in the policy and legislative environment in Washington, D.C., having held positions in the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate, and in the Washington, D.C. office of former Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer.
Joanne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at Potsdam and a Master of Health Science degree in Health Policy and Management from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health. She also has completed an executive leadership program at the Harvard Business School.
Joanne has extensive experience as a volunteer for many Bethlehem organizations and has served in several volunteer appointments for the Town of Bethlehem. Joanne and her husband Brent Meredith have 4 children and live in central Delmar.
Jeffrey D. Kuhn (D)
Albany County Legislative District 35
102 Huntersfield Road
Delmar, NY 12054
Phone: 1 (585) 703-0002
Committee Assignments: Personnel (Vice Chair), Law, Legislative Rules & Regulations Reform (Special Task Force, Chair)
Jeffrey Kuhn is serving his first term on the Albany County Legislature, representing the 35th Legislative District, which includes Glenmont and Delmar.
Jeff was a member of the Bethlehem Town Board from 2011 to 2015, serving as deputy supervisor in his final two years. As a board member, Jeff focused on managing the town in a professional manner to deliver important core governmental services in a fiscally efficient, responsible and effective manner. Jeff also focused on developing the town’s commercial and industrial tax base in order to put downward pressure on local residential property taxes. In his first year, Jeff helped craft a budget that closed a multi-million dollar gap created by the termination of a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement without raising taxes above the 2 percent cap. In recognition of these efforts by Jeff and the other members of the board to improve town operations, the NYS Local Government and Efficiency Program awarded Bethlehem a $776,107 grant in 2012. In 2013, S&P raised its long-term rating of the town’s general obligations bonds to “AA+” from “AA”.
Jeff currently works in Albany as an attorney specializing in environmental and energy law and complex commercial litigation. He authored a portion of a textbook on climate change and the law, and has travelled to Africa to volunteer as a teacher at the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education. A long-time supporter of common-sense gun control, in 2010 Jeff signed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Chicago’s ordinance banning the possession of handguns in the city.
Jeff is a graduate of the American University and Boston College Law School. He was a three-day champion on the Jeopardy! television game show in 2004. Jeff has also coached girls CYO basketball for several years in Delmar.
Jeff and his wife, Kristen, live in Delmar with their four children, Amelia, Logan, Theodore, and Hazel.
Matthew J. Miller (D)
Albany County Legislative District 36
11 Trinity Place
Selkirk, NY 12158
Phone: (518) 727-7613
Committee Assignments: Conservation, Sustainability and Green Initiatives, Health
Matthew Miller is serving his first term in the Albany County Legislature representing the 36th Legislative District, which includes Selkirk, South Bethlehem, most of Glenmont and sections of Delmar.
Matt has been a Regents and AP Biology teacher in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Schools for 27 years. He has served as the local teachers union president for 19 years and spent six years as the district Energy Education Manager, saving over $2.4 million of taxpayer money. He started Science Olympiad at RCS in 1997 and served as director or co-director of the Capital Region Science Olympiad Regionals for over 15 years. He has been a class advisor, ran the Ski Club for many years and served as coach for school softball, including several years as Varsity Head Coach.
Matt has also spent many hours volunteering as a coach in many local sports organizations, including the Bethlehem Tomboys. He also volunteers with several local environmental groups, with a particular emphasis on community clean up. Matt enjoys geocaching, hiking and kayaking in his free time.
Matt graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology for grades 7-12 and the University at Albany with a Master of Science degree in Biology Education.
He lives in Selkirk with his wife Karen. They have two children, Nicole and Christopher.
George E. Langdon IV (R)
Albany County Legislative District 37
276 County Route 101
Selkirk, NY 12158
Phone: (518) 441-8606
Committee Assignments: Mass Transit, Public Safety.
George E. Langdon IV is serving his first term in the Albany County Legislature representing the 37th Legislative District, which comprises of the Town of Coeymans.
George previously served as a Coeymans Councilman. During his time on the Town Council, he helped negotiate a PILOT program for LaFargeHolcim that included a host benefit package to the town and the Ravena Coeymans Selkirk School District. He also helped consolidate services by combining the town’s emergency services dispatch with the Albany County Sheriff, which provided a cost savings to the town. He also assisted in creating a new industrial zone that has since seen tens of millions of dollars of new development.
George left college in 1984 to help his mother run a small grocery delivery business when she was widowed. He later owned a car hauling company in the Selkirk railhead. He retired from the trucking industry in 2014 and became the Chief Financial Officer and business consultant for his wife’s financial planning firm, Crystal Clear Finances, Inc.
Over the years, he has served as a board member for a number of local churches. He served 8 years as treasurer and is current board member for the Hope Full Life Center, a local not-for-profit serving low income residents with inexpensive food, furniture and clothes. Crystal and George, through their financial planning firm, Crystal Clear Finances, Inc, recently helped bring the Care Portal to Albany County by underwriting the county’s portion of the cost. This organization serves the county foster care program by making churches aware of needs within the system, so they can provide clothes, furniture, food, etc., frequently helping to keep families together. They also provide resources to help foster parents accommodate the needs of kids that are required to enter the system.
George has resided in the Town of Coeymans with his wife, Crystal, for the 35 years they have been married. They have 3 grown children, Melonie, Stephanie and George V.
District 38: Victoria Plotsky
Albany County Legislative District 38
PO Box 322
Clarksville NY 12041
Phone: (518) 495-1977
Victoria Plotsky joined the Albany County Legislature in January 2018 after winning a Democratic primary and then a special election to represent the 38th Legislative District.
Victoria grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, and has lived in the Albany area since 1992. A 1989 graduate of Middlebury College with a major in Soviet Studies, she lived in Moscow for two years after college. Victoria managed a grants program for the British Embassy and traveled among many of the former Soviet republics. In 1992, she came home to attend Albany Law School and graduated in 1995.
In private practice, Victoria handled commercial litigation and estate planning and administration. She later joined the New York State Department of Financial Services, Life Bureau, and then the Workers’ Compensation Board, where she served as an attorney for 15 years. Victoria managed a group of attorneys and examiners who specialized in uninsured workers compensation cases and World Trade Center volunteer cases. Her skills and experience include: litigation, analyzing and applying legislation, project management, and streamlining processes for efficiency. Victoria is now serving as the Associate Counsel for the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.
Victoria has lived in Clarksville with her husband, Bruce, for the past 11 years. Previously, she had lived in Albany and Delmar. A past president of the Delmar Rotary Club, Victoria has raised thousands of dollars for charities locally and overseas. She is an avid musician, speaks Russian and a little Japanese, and loves to cross-country ski and bicycle.
Christopher H. Smith (D)
Albany County Legislative District 39
920 Helderberg Trail
East Berne, NY 12059
Phone: (518) 447-7117
Christopher H. Smith is serving his first term as Albany County Legislator for the 39th district. The district is comprised of a majority of the Helderberg mountain towns and villages. His four year term began in January 2016.
Chris served in the United States Army before returning to his hometown of East Berne. He helped revitalize the community by establishing multiple restaurants and businesses.
Chris, and wife Amanda, own and operate the Maple on the Lake restaurant on Warner Lake. They employ dozens of local residents and host community events from little league meetings to weddings.
Chris is committed to bringing the voices of his small town constituents to the city of Albany. He shares their core values, affinity for rural living and appreciation of the simple things in life.
He shares his passion for the outdoors and motorsports with his two sons, Clay and Finn.