Biography

Ellen Jaffee
Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) was first elected to the New York State Assembly in 2006. She represents the 97th Assembly District.

Assemblymember Jaffee is Chair of the Assembly Committee on Children and Families and sits on several other committees including Education, Environmental Conservation, Health, and Mental Health.

As former Chair of the Assembly Task Force on Women’s Issues, Assemblymember Jaffee hosted hearings on homelessness among the state’s women veterans, chaired round table discussions on several topics including speedy anti HIV/AIDS treatment for victims of sexual assault and to press for women suffering from addiction to receive access to treatment and more efficient services.

Assemblymember Jaffee has a strong legislative record that reflects her priorities including full equality for women, equal pay for equal work, reproductive rights, high-quality, affordable child care for everyone who needs it and a quality education from early childhood through college. Her standout bills include New York’s landmark Breast Density Inform Law, the most comprehensive in the nation, helping to increase early detection standards in breast cancer screening.

Assemblymember Jaffee has stood up for middle-class and working families, fighting to increase the State’s minimum wage, ensure paid family leave, affordable healthcare, well water safety, environmental protection, sustainable communities, and social justice.

An outspoken voice for the communities she represents, Assemblymember Jaffee’s accomplishments include expanding work force assistance and training programs for women so they qualify for higher paying jobs, including those jobs that have traditionally gone to men; securing funds for Rockland’s public schools; getting state oversight of the East Ramapo school district; and bringing state leaders to meet with residents of Rockland’s river villages to discuss safety and the impacts of the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

Assemblymember Jaffee earned her B.A. in Education from Brooklyn College and her M.S. in Special Education from Fordham University.