In January 2018, assembly member Shelley Mayer was unanimously selected as the Democratic candidate to fill the state Senate seat vacated by new County Executive George Latimer. On April 24, she will face Julie Killian in a special election.
“This election is tremendously important to Jewish voters,” explained Mayer. “New York and New Yorkers have been outspoken and a bulwark against anti-Semitism locally, nationally and internationally, and we have been a reliable friend to Israel. The winner of this seat will be instrumental in securing the majority for the Democrats in the state Senate. With that majority, we will finally be able to secure important reforms for sexual harassment, gun control and honest government, which are of great importance to Jews as well as others.”
Along with being a lifelong Westchester resident, Mayer stated, “I am Jewish and I am a proud member of the Northeast Jewish Center in Yonkers and Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains, where I grew up and my children all celebrated their b’nai mitzvah. I was on the board of the Jewish Council of Yonkers for many years and I currently am on the Westchester Community Advisory Committee of the Anti-Defamation League.”
As counsel to the Senate Democratic majority, Mayer worked with the NYS assembly to ensure that rabbinical school students would be eligible for TAP awards. Moreover, Mayer stated, “I worked closely with the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and Richard S. Cohen, co-chair of the Interfaith/Intergroup Committee of AJC Westchester/Fairfield, on a project to bring together the Jewish and Muslim communities.”
In addition, as part of her legislative experience, Mayer said, “I was a co-sponsor of the assembly’s anti-BDS resolution, which passed the Assembly, and it provided $5000 for an assembly grant to the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center. My Jewish faith informs my commitments, including my commitment to public service and working to ensure New York provides the most opportunity for its residents and remains a strong voice against anti-Semitism and hate.”
During her time in the assembly, Mayer was proud to deliver record funding for Yonkers public schools, and promises to continue to fight for local schools once in the state Senate. “Our students deserve a fair shot and I will work hard to make sure that our schools receive our fair share of funding,” promised Mayer. “I have also been a strong supporter of non-public schools, including religious schools.”
Mayer continued, “There is no question, this is a critical time in our state’s history. When I am elected to the NY State Senate, I will work hard to stand up to the Republican extremism that has taken hold and prevented much-needed reforms. With a Democratic majority in the Senate, we will strengthen the property-tax cap to protect taxpayers, stand up to the NRA to pass stronger gun-safety laws, deliver full funding to our schools, address outdated sexual harassment laws and defend women’s rights and secure tougher ethics and anti-corruption laws to clean up Albany.”
Mayer concluded, “I dedicated my life to serving New Yorkers. I began my career in private practice, and then transitioned to public service, first as an assistant attorney general, then as chief counsel to the New York State Senate Democrats and, currently, as the New York State assemblymember for the 90th assembly district.”
Prior to her election to the assembly, Mayer was a senior counsel at the National State Attorney General Program at Columbia Law School, where she focused on health care and labor law rights. For more than seven years, she was vice president of government and community affairs at Continuum Health Partners, one of New York City’s largest teaching hospital systems, working to protect Medicaid and Medicare services and improving the relationship between New York City’s diverse communities and the hospital system. Mayer lives in Yonkers with her husband. They have three adult children and three grandchildren.
To learn more about Shelley Mayer, please visit her website at www.shelley4senate.com.