Ellen C. Jaffee was elected to the New York State Assembly in 2007 and hopes to return to Albany, representing Orangetown, the Ramapo villages of Spring Valley, Suffern, Airmont, Chestnut Ridge, Hillburn, parts of Montebello, New Square, and areas in unincorporated Ramapo including sections of Monsey, known as the 97th Assembly District.

In Albany, Jaffee has stood up for Rockland’s middle-class and working families, fighting to lower taxes, create jobs, support business development programs, and increase funding for our public schools and community colleges, so that our students receive an affordable, high-quality education. An outspoken advocate for the communities she represents, Assemblymember Jaffee has been equally effective as a lawmaker reaching across the aisle and delivering landmark legislation to improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers.

In the Assembly Ellen Jaffee chairs the Committee on Oversight, Analysis and Investigation  and serves on the following Assembly committees: Children and Families; Higher Education; Environmental Conservation; Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry; Health; Higher Education and Mental Health.

Elected to serve as a Village of Suffern trustee in 1994, Ellen Jaffee went on to the County Legislature where she remained until her election to the Assembly in 2007. In the County Legislature Jaffee enacted the first well-testing law in New York State. She continues to be known as an ardent advocate for the highest-quality drinking water and as a voice for sustainable communities, so that Rockland County will remain a desirable place to live and work.

Ellen earned her B.A. in Education from Brooklyn College and her M.S. in Special Education from Fordham University. She worked as a resource room teacher at the Pomona Junior High School / Middle School. A Rockland resident since 1978, Ellen Jaffee lives in Suffern. Her husband Steve Jaffee (pictured below) passed away in January 2016. They have two children and three grandchildren.

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Steve and Ellen


  • Social Justice and Equal Rights
    • Social Justice and Equal Rights including Global LGBTQ Equity issues, ongoing funding for CANDLE and Center for Safety and Change to enhance their LGBTQ programing; NY State DREAM Act, Advocacy to support DACA, TPS and sensible immigration reform, and other forms of Environmental Justice issues.
  • Responding to the needs of my constituents
    • Responding to local needs including securing a Cease and Desist Zone for Village of Chestnut Ridge, proposing an Equalization Rate Tax Legislation for Orangetown, Homestead Non-Homestead Tax Legislation, and School Tax Collection Bill. I have met with the Mayors and Town Supervisors, numerous local groups and individuals to better understand and respond to the needs of my district. My full-time Rockland Office has helped hundreds of people and solved problems in every community in our Assembly district.
  • Partnering with my local municipalities, reducing tax-burden on local tax-payers
    Capital/Infrastructure Funding: Provide funding to numerous municipalities to improve facilities and enhance services to residents including town of Orangetown, Village of South Nyack, Village of Nyack, Village of Piermont, Village of Airmont, Pearl River Library, Village of Spring Valley, Village of Suffern, Village Montebello, and Village of New Square
  • Supporting local programs and the work of local non-profits
    Member Item/Legislative Initiatives for program: Provide funding to numerous organization to initiate and or expand programs for local children and families including CANDLE, West Street Childcare, One to One Learning, Nyack School District, Martin Luther King Center, Rockland YMCA, MADE Transitional Services, Childcare Resources of Rockland, Suffern DARE and Clifford Theatre
  • Safe and Violence Free Workplace, Homes and Schools
    • Safe and Violence Free Workplace, Homes and Schools including co-sponsoring numerous anti-domestic violence legislation; I co-Sponsored legislation to centralize Domestic Violence Courts in Rockland County, to require every school to have a social worker; held hearing to evaluate access to Mental Health programs and Services including responding to the opioid crisis, and to shortage of Mental Health programs and services for children and youth. I have sponsored Microstamping gun legislation and have co-sponsored numerous other gun safety legislations.




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