Crystal Peoples-Stokes
Assembly Member Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes, has faithfully served New York Stateís 141st Assembly district since 2003. An advocate with clear and principled service, she has always put 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. Beyond diversity and MWBEs, her passions include education and healthcare.

In February 2015, she was appointed as Chair of the Assemblyís 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: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse; Environmental Conservation; Health; Higher Education and Insurance Committees. Additional memberships include the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus. From 2013 to 2015, 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 to raise college scholarship funds for students of color.

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 Centerís 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 Ferryís 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. Martinís 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.

As a graduate of Buffalo Public Schools including Buffalo State College, she earned a Masterís Degree in Student Personnel Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Assemblymember Peoples-Stokes attributes her achievements and abilities to her strong faith and family. She is a member of both True Bethel Baptist Church and St. Lukes AME Zion Church and currently resides in Buffalo, New York with her husband.