Chair, Energy Committee
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin is now serving her fifth term as representative of the 88th New York State Assembly District, having been first elected in November, 2000. A full time legislator, Amy is a strong advocate for the people of the 88th district, which includes Scarsdale, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Bronxville, Pelham, Pelham Manor, and parts of New Rochelle and White Plains. Amy Paulin has been fighting hard to reform Albany. In recognition of her commitment, NY Uprising has named Assemblywoman Paulin a "Hero of Reform." Assemblywoman Paulin has sponsored a bill to completely overhaul the broken and unfair system for awarding member items to legislators. In these tough economic times, she has refused to seek or accept any member items, and publicly called for her colleagues to do the same. She has also sponsored legislation to ban fundraisers in Albany during the legislative session, reduce the influence of special interests on elections, and end the "Pay-To-Play" culture in Albany. She is one of the Legislature's most active members, sponsoring 16 bills that were passed in both houses during the past year. She ranks in the top 5% of legislators for passing bills. A former Executive Director of My Sisters' Place, a non-profit agency which assists victims of domestic violence, Amy Paulin has long been an advocate for the needs of women and children. Named a Leader in the Fight against Domestic Violence by the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV), Assemblywoman Paulin authored landmark legislation, signed into law, that lengthens orders of protection in both the civil and criminal courts to assist those victimized by domestic violence. She also negotiated the law making human trafficking a class B felony. One of her most important legislative accomplishments was writing and sponsoring the bill that changes the way certain crimes in New York are reported to the FBI, resulting in convicted domestic violence offenders being listed in the federal database that prevents them from legally purchasing firearms. Paulin has been a proponent of gun control and played an integral part in shaping the historic gun legislation that Governor Cuomo signed into law in January 2013. Assemblywoman Paulin currently chairs the Assembly's committee on Energy. She has also chaired the committee on Children and Families, and serves on the Education, Health, and Higher Education committees. 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 Master's degree and has completed doctoral course work in Criminal Justice from SUNY-Albany. Assemblywoman Paulin resides in Scarsdale with her husband, Ira Schuman. They have three children.