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.