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


Women’s Health


Social Justice and Equal Rights
She has supported Social Justice and Equal Rights actions including: Global LGBTQ Equity
issues, The Center for Safety and Change to enhance their LGBTQ programming; sensible
immigration reform, Criminal Justice reform, including the repeal of Civil Rights law 50a, and
Bail reform as well as other forms of Environmental Justice issues.

Responding to the needs of my constituents
She has responded 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. She has met with the Mayors,
Town Supervisors, and numerous local groups and individuals to better understand and respond
to the needs of her district. My full-time Rockland Office has helped hundreds of people and
solved problems in every community in our Assembly District.

Affordable Child Care

Partnering with my local municipalities, reducing tax-burden on local tax-payers
Ellen has ensured that Capital/Infrastructure funding has been given to numerous municipalities
to improve facilities and enhance services to residents including the 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
Assemblywoman Jaffee has provided funding to numerous organization to initiate and or expand
programs for local children and families including, West Street Childcare, Jawanio, Nyack
School District, East Ramapo School District, Martin Luther King Center, Rockland YMCA,
Childcare Resources of Rockland, and countless others

Working for a Safe Environment

Safe and Violence Free Workplace, Homes and Schools
Ellen has supported safe and violence-free workplaces, homes and schools including co-sponsoring numerous anti-domestic violence legislation; co-sponsoring legislation to centralize
Domestic Violence Courts in Rockland County; requiring every school to have a social worker;
and by holding hearings to evaluate access to Mental Health Programs and Services for children
and youth.




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Friends of Ellen Jaffee
PO Box 64
Blauvelt, NY 10913

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