Biography

Addie Russell
Addie Jenne Russell represents the 116th Assembly District, also known as the “River District.” The district follows the shore of the majestic St. Lawrence River from the northeast corner of Lake Ontario to the manufacturing town of Massena and borders Fort Drum and the mighty Black River to the east. Ms. Russell was formerly an attorney at Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall, LLP, where she concentrated her practice in the areas of Trust and Estate Administration, Real Estate, Guardianships, Elder Law and Estate Planning. She served on the Jefferson County Board of Legislators from 2006 until becoming a member of the Assembly in 2009. She was a member of the county’s Planning and Development Committee, Health and Human Services Committees and Technology Ad Hoc Committee.

Ms. Russell is the past President of the Jefferson County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and former member of AAUW New York State’s Public Policy Committee. She is a member of the Jefferson County and New York State Bar Associations. Ms. Russell belongs to the University at Albany Alumni Association. She was also one of the Conboy Law Firm’s corporate representatives for the Association of the United States Army. When Ms. Russell was elected to the Assembly she was a member of the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Transportation Center, Community Action Planning Council (CAPC), and Jefferson County’s Community Services Board, chairing the MR/DD Committee. She is a past member of Head Start Policy Council as well.

Ms. Russell is a 1996 graduate of Indian River Central School District. Ms. Russell received a B.A. in Political Science (Greek and Roman Civilization minor), Magna Cum Laude, from the University at Albany in May 2000, and a J.D. with a Certificate in Family Law and Social Policy from Syracuse University College of Law in May 2003. Ms. Russell sat for the New York State Bar Exam in July 2003 and became an associate attorney at Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall, LLP in August 2003. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in February 2004. Ms. Russell clerked for the firm during the summers of 2001 and 2002, and worked part time through the 2002-2003 school year. While attending the University at Albany Ms. Russell was active in Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, Int., was an intern for Ronald Klain, Chief of Staff for Vice President Al Gore, and was an intern in the New York State Assembly for Martin A. Luster, Trumansburg. She also worked for the University at Albany’s Alumni Association. While at law school in Syracuse, Ms. Russell was a member of the Judicial Board, President of the Women=s Law Caucus and a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Int. She participated in the law school's Criminal Law Clinic and was the editor of the law school's newsletter.

Ms. Russell was born in Watertown, New York, raised in Philadelphia, New York and now resides in Theresa, New York. She is married to James “Jamie” A. Russell and they have a beautiful son Aaron and daughter Cora. Ms. Russell is the seventh generation of her family to reside on the North Country. Her father Bruce is a retired diesel mechanic and her mother Susan is an attorney working for the Office of Court Administration. She has a brother and three sisters all residing in New York State.