Chair, Energy Committee
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin was elected to the New York State Assembly in November 2000. She represents the 88th Assembly District, which comprises Bronxville, Eastchester, Pelham, Pelham Manor, Scarsdale, Tuckahoe, and parts of New Rochelle and White Plains. Paulin currently chairs the Assembly Committee on Children and Families, and serves on the Education, Higher Education, and Health Committees. She previously chaired the Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the Committee on Libraries and Education Technology, the Committee on Oversight, Analysis and Investigation, and the Task Force on People with Disabilities. A thirty-year resident of Scarsdale, New York, Assemblywoman Paulin has a long, distinguished record of activism in public policy and community issues. Prior to her election to the Assembly, Paulin served her community in a number of capacities, including as Executive Director, My Sistersí Place; Member, Scarsdale Village Board; Founder and Chair, Westchester Womenís Agenda; President, Westchester League of Women Voters; Vice President, New York State League of Women Voters; Citizen Member, County Board of Legislatorsí Special Committee on Families; and many more committees, councils and foundations. In the Assembly, Paulin has continued to stand up for Westchester families by working to reform government, improve schools, deliver tax relief, keep families safe, improve healthcare, and protect our environment. Paulin has achieved remarkable results. Since her election to the Assembly, 121 of her bills have been signed into law. In 2011 alone, Paulin authored 16 bills that passed both houses, placing her in the top 3% of members. One of her most important legislative accomplishments this year was writing the law that creates the mechanism for the State to report to the FBI convictions of certain crimes so that convicted domestic violence offenders will be prevented from purchasing firearms in New York. She also passed the law eliminating the statute of limitations for rape, which she identifies as one of her proudest achievements in the Assembly. Assemblywoman Paulin has been honored with numerous awards in recognition of her service, including being named a leader in the fight against domestic violence by the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and receiving the Ally Award from the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Other awards include the 2006 New York State Legislator of the Year award from National Organization of Woman (NOW) - New York State; the Excellence in Leadership Award from NOW - New York City; the Margaret Sanger Award from Family Planning Advocates of New York State; the Health Center Award by the Community Health Association of New York State; and the Spirit of Independence Award from the Westchester Disabled on the Move. The Legislative Research Librarians section of the National Conference of State Legislators presented her with the 2007 Notable Documents award in the category of Public Policy and she received the New York Library Association Outstanding Advocate for Libraries Award. Paulin was elected in 2005 to the prestigious Toll Fellowship sponsored by the Council of State Governments. Amy Paulin was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and holds a Masterís degree and has completed doctoral course work in Criminal Justice from SUNY-Albany. Paulin resides in Scarsdale with her husband, Ira Schuman. Their three children, Beth, Sarah, and Joey, graduated from Scarsdale High School.