Biography

Assemblymember Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes
Assembly Member Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes has faithfully served New York State’s 141st Assembly district since 2003. An advocate with clear and principled service, she has always put people and policy before politics. Crystal continues to fearlessly fight for diversity, specifically in making sure Minority and Women Owned Businesses have a fair chance in obtaining state contracts. Her hard work is evidenced by the fact that she was selected by Governor Cuomo to serve on the Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise Team Task Force, established in 2011. She previously served as the Chair of the Assembly’s MWBE Task Force and as Chair of the Assembly Subcommittee on Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises.

Beyond diversity and MWBEs, the Assemblywoman’s passions include education and healthcare. In February 2015, she was appointed as Chair of the Assembly’s Committee on Governmental Operations which maintains oversight on ethics reform and FOIL requests, state police, homeland security, disaster and emergency preparedness, MWBE, crime victims, human rights and military and naval affairs. She sits on the following committees: Environmental Conservation; Higher Education; Rules; and Ways and Means Committees. In June 2017, she was voted by her colleagues to be Chair of the New York State Legislative Women’s Caucus, a bi-partisan and bi-cameral group. Her additional memberships include the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus; the Task Force on Women's Issues; and as an inaugural member of the New York State Women and Girls Council. Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes also serves on the following subcommittees: Oversight of the Department of Environmental Conservation; Tuition Assistance Program; and Women’s Health. In spring of 2013, she was elected as Chair of the New York State Association of Black & Puerto Rican Legislators, with the responsibility of organizing the annual conference weekend.

She is a former Educator, Administrator, Community Organizer, and Erie County Legislator whose vision is to uplift, nurture and protect her constituents, the City of Buffalo, and the western New York region. A staunch advocate, some of her notable successes include securing $28 Million for the Educational Opportunity Center’s new facility in downtown Buffalo; $2 Million for capital improvements to the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor to promote cultural preservation and tourism; the advocacy and clean up of 858 East Ferry’s toxic waste Superfund site; securing HEAL-NY funding to support the building of a new home for the Community Health Center of Buffalo; advocating for the redevelopment of St. Martin’s Village; procuring $50 Million towards Buffalo Public Schools adding a nurse in every school and over $1.2 million towards the continued restoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, part of the historic Frederick Law Olmsted Park System to promote an active and healthy lifestyle and increased utilization.

Assemblymember Peoples-Stokes has received numerous honors and awards including but not limited to the University at Buffalo’s Igniting Ideas Award, the NAN Truth Hammer Award, SCCC Community Service Award, the Black Achievers in Industry Award, the Community Service award from SCLC, the Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, Inc. Award, the National Federation for Just Communities Government Award and many more.

As a graduate of Buffalo Public Schools and later Buffalo State College, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Student Personnel Administration. She was presented with an Honorary Doctorate Degree by Medaille College in May 2017. Assemblymember Peoples-Stokes attributes her achievements and abilities to her strong faith and family. She is a member of True Bethel Baptist Church and currently resides in Buffalo, New York with her husband.