Ossining, New York , United States
|| 00, 1940
Jul 02, 2005 03:12pm
|Info||Assemblywoman Sandy Galef has been committed to public service both as a volunteer and as an elected official almost her entire life. She has consistently been a leader bringing innovation, change and energy to everything she has undertaken. |
This commitment started in school in Westchester County where she has lived since 1944 as a resident of Mamaroneck, White Plains, Eastchester and Ossining. Assemblywoman Galef was born (Sandra Risk) in LaCrosse, Wisconsin in May 1940. After moving to Westchester, she attended schools in Mamaroneck and White Plains. She graduated from White Plains High School with honors and was class secretary.
She then attended Purdue University and was again elected class secretary and president of her sorority. After graduating from Purdue, she received a Masters Degree in Education at the University of Virginia while teaching in Charlottesville.
She next worked in the Scarsdale school system as a teacher and subsequently left to raise her two children. During this period she was fully involved in organizing and serving numerous community agencies and needs.
Her volunteer leadership activities have included: president, League of Women Voters of Briarcliff-Ossining; trustee, Ossining Public Library; president and 16-year board member, United Way of Northern Westchester; board of directors, Visiting Nurse Service of Westchester; president, National Council of Jewish Women, Westchester - Evening Section; board of directors, Phelps Hospital Robin’s Nest Day Care Center; board of directors, Westchester Municipal Planning Federation; board member and committee chair, Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, and board member, Bethel Nursing Home.
Assemblywoman Galef has also played a very active role in the Westchester Health and Human Services Forum; Transportation and Housing Committees, Westchester 2000; advisory committee, North Tarrytown Open Door; Ossining Upward Bound Substance Abuse Council; Westchester Tricentennial Committee; Public Affairs Chair, Junior League of Westchester-on-Hudson; Ossining Chamber of Commerce; chair, Ossining Youth Employment Service; board member, Day Care Council of Westchester as well as trustee member of the Education and Learning Coalition of Westchester and Putnam Counties.
She presently serves as a board member of the Westchester Medical Center Children’s Hospital Foundation and on the State Task Force for Tobacco Free Women and Girls. She is also the host of two television shows – "Dear Sandy" and "Speak-out with Sandy Galef".
In 1992 Assemblywoman Galef was elected to the New York State Assembly. Her district covers the Towns of Cortlandt, Ossining, Kent, Philipstown, Putnam Valley and the City of Peekskill. She is presently Chairing the Assembly Libraries and Education Technology committee and serving as a member of the Corporation, Authorities and Commissions Committee; the Election Law Committee; the Governmental Operations Committee; and the Health Committee. She is Chairwoman of the Assembly Majority Steering Committee and the Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Council. In 2001, she was appointed as Vice Chair of the New York State Legislative Women’s Caucus.
She has been a leading advocate for legislative reform in Albany as well as being deeply involved in matters pertaining to education, taxes, energy, consumer issues, health and senior citizens, among other areas.
Prior to becoming a member of the New York State Assembly, the Assemblywoman had been a Westchester County Legislator for thirteen years and had served as minority leader of the Board of Legislators for eight years. She also served as president of the New York State Association of Counties and chairperson of the Welfare and Medicaid Steering Committee.
On the national level, Assemblywoman Galef served as chairperson of the Labor and Employee Benefits Steering Committee for the National Association of Counties.
Assemblywoman Galef has been honored by many community organizations including the American Cancer Society, New York State Association of Counties, New York State Federation of Police, Westchester County which awarded her a Distinguished Service Award, B’nai B’rith, the United Way which gave her the Harold J. Marshall Award for Leadership and Sensitivity, and Westchester ARCs, which gave her the Year 2002 Public Official Partnership award in June 2002. Galef is listed in Who’s Who of American Women.
Assemblywoman Galef resides in Ossining and is the widow of Steven Galef. She has two children, Graig, Financial Planner at Strategies for Success, and Gwen, an assistant district attorney in Westchester.