Mamaroneck, New York , United States
|| December 13, 1934
Jan 26, 2005 09:27pm
|Info||Senator Suzi Oppenheimer has earned a reputation in the Legislature as an effective advocate for issues of importance to Westchester. Her record of community service, local government experience, and leadership on statewide issues has enabled her to work in a bipartisan manner to address the concerns of constituents. In the New York State Senate, she serves as a vocal advocate for housing, education, the environment, the workforce, fiscal reform and women's issues. |
Senator Oppenheimer chairs the Senate Democratic Task Force on Women's Issues. In past years, she has held hearings around the state on: the issue of women in the work force; violent crime against women on college campuses; domestic violence as a health care issue; teen pregnancy prevention; and alternative financing mechanisms for child care. In addition, Senator Oppenheimer co-sponsored "Kieran's Law," which protects children and families by providing for criminal background checks for nannies who care for children at home.
The Senator is the Treasurer of the Legislative Women's Caucus. This bipartisan group, comprised of the forty-five women legislators in both legislative houses, addresses public policy issues that especially affect women and children.
On environmental issues, Senator Oppenheimer has played a leadership role in the Senate by helping to win passage of the Environmental Protection Fund, the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act, and the Adopt-a-Beach bill. She sponsors the Essential Habitats bill, and played a key role in saving the JOHN JAY Property in Rye. Senator Oppenheimer sponsored legislation to create, and is a founding member of, the Bi-State Long Island Sound Committee, which coordinates policy in Connecticut and New York.
Senator Oppenheimer sits on the Boards of the Child Care Action Campaign; the Westchester Community Opportunity Program; the Mental Health Association of Westchester; the Displaced Homemaker Program at Westchester Community College; St. Bernard's Center for Learning; and the Westchester Jewish Committee, in addition to several others.
Prior to her election to the Senate, Suzi Oppenheimer served four terms as Mayor of the Village of Mamaroneck. In 1977, she became the first woman to be elected mayor in Westchester County in modern times. The establishment of a highly respected Jobs Center represents one of her lasting accomplishments as Mayor. She also served as President of the Westchester Municipal Officials Association and President of the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation. Before her election as mayor, she was President of the Mamaroneck League of Women Voters and President of the PTA of the Central School in Mamaroneck.
Senator Oppenheimer received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Connecticut College for Women. In addition, she became one of the first women to earn a Master's Degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. Upon receiving her degree, she worked on Wall Street as a research analyst for L. F. Rothschild & Company.
The Senator is married to Martin J. Oppenheimer, a partner in Proskauer, Rose, a New York City law firm. The Oppenheimer's reside in Mamaroneck. They have four adult children; Marcy, Evan, Josh and Ali.
Senator Oppenheimer was a member of the Governor's Council on Youth Suicide Prevention and the Governor's Commission on Domestic Violence. Currently the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Standing Committee on Education, she has previously served as the Ranking Democrat on Standing Committees on Environmental Conservation, Transportation, and Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business.