Shelley Mayer

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Shelley Mayer
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Member of the New York Senate
from the 37th district
Assumed office
April 30, 2018
Preceded by George Latimer
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 90th district
In office
January 1, 2013 – April 30, 2018
Preceded by Sandy Galef
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 93rd district
In office
March 21, 2012 – December 31, 2012
Preceded by Mike Spano
Succeeded by David Buchwald
Personal details
Born 1952/1953 (age 65–66)[1]
Yonkers, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lee Smith
Children 3
Residence Yonkers, New York
Alma mater B.A., UCLA, '75
J.D., SUNY Buffalo School of Law, '79
Website Official website

Shelley Mayer is a Democratic member of the New York State Senate representing the 37th Senate District, which includes the Cities of Yonkers, White Plains, New Rochelle, and Rye; the Towns of Bedford, Eastchester, Harrison, Mamaroneck, North Castle, and Rye; and the Villages of Bronxville, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Port Chester, Rye Brook, and Tuckahoe.[2] Mayer was elected to the State Senate in a special election held on April 24, 2018 after the office was vacated by Westchester County Executive George Latimer. Mayer appeared on the Democratic, Working Families, and Women's Equality Party lines and won by a margin of 57% to 43%. [3] Mayer attributed the win to a "'big tent blue wave' that brought together progressives, Democrats, union groups and female activists."[4]

Prior to her time in the New York State Senate, Mayer was first elected to the New York State Assembly on March 20, 2012, in a special election to succeed Mike Spano, and was re-elected in November 2012, November 2014, and November 2016.

Mayer was born and raised in Yonkers. Prior to her election to the Assembly, Mayer was a Senior Counsel at the National State Attorney General Program at Columbia University, where she focused on health care and labor law rights. From 2007 until early 2011, Shelley worked as Chief Counsel to the New York State Senate Conference in Albany. For over seven years, she served as Vice President of Government and Community Affairs at Continuum Health Partners in New York City. From 1982 to 1994, Mayer served as an Assistant Attorney General in the office of New York Attorney General Bob Abrams. She served in the Civil Rights Bureau, as Chief of the Westchester Regional Office, as the legislative liaison for the Attorney General and ultimately as a senior advisor to the Attorney General.

Mayer lives in Yonkers with her husband, Lee Smith, with whom she has three adult children.


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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Mike Spano
New York State Assembly, 93rd District
Succeeded by
David Buchwald
Preceded by
Sandy Galef
New York State Assembly, 90th District
New York State Senate
Preceded by
George Latimer
New York State Senate, 37th District