Suzi Oppenheimer

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The Honorable
Suzi Oppenheimer
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 36th, then the 37th district
In office
January 1, 1985 – December 31, 2012
Preceded by Joseph R. Pisani
Succeeded by George Latimer
Personal details
Born (1934-12-13) December 13, 1934 (age 80)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Martin J. Oppenheimer; 4 children
Residence Mamaroneck, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Connecticut College
Columbia University
Occupation Public Official
Religion Jewish

Suzanne "Suzi" Oppenheimer (born December 13, 1934) is a former New York State politician, who served from 1985 to 2012 in the state senate, representing the 36th district from January 1986 until December 2002, and the 37th district from 2003 to 2012. A resident of Mamaroneck, her district was based in Westchester County. Before serving in the state senate she served four terms as mayor of the village of Mamaroneck.[1]

Before her election to the Senate, she served four terms as Mayor of the Village of Mamaroneck, as well as President of the Westchester Municipal Officials Association and President of the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation. Prior to being elected mayor of the village of Mamaroneck, she was President of the Mamaroneck League of Women Voters and President of the PTA of the Central School in Mamaroneck.[1]

She is a staunch supporter of the national and New York teachers union locals, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and United Federation of Teachers (UFT), respectively, and an opponent of charter schools.[2][3]


Oppenheimer, who graduated from The Calhoun School in Manhattan, received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Connecticut College for Women and later earned a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. Upon receiving her degree, she worked on Wall Street as an industry analyst for L.F. Rothschild.[4]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Martin J. Oppenheimer, a partner in the law firm Proskauer Rose; the couple has four children.[4]

2010 elections[edit]

On Monday, December 6, 2010, Bob Cohen conceded to Oppenheimer after a lengthy ballot recount.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Q&A with State Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer”
  2. ^ "Charter critics flip", New York Post, May 20, 2009.
  3. ^ "Suzi's switch", New York Post, May 20, 2009.
  4. ^ a b New State Senate biodata for Oppenheimer[dead link]
  5. ^ "Oppenheimer victorious in state Senate race"
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Joseph R. Pisani
New York State Senate
36th District

Succeeded by
Ruth Hassell-Thompson
Preceded by
Vincent Leibell
New York State Senate
37th District

Succeeded by
George Latimer
Political offices
Preceded by
Stephen M. Saland
New York State Senate
Chairwoman of the Committee on Education

Succeeded by
John J. Flanagan