Biography

Annette Robinson
Annette M. Robinson was elected to the 56th Assembly District on February 12, 2002. Assemblywoman Robinson brings to Albany a deep concern for the well being of New York’s families and a strong commitment to economic development and community service. These principles are reflected not only in her political advocacy and legislative agenda – which centers on protecting children and families, creating jobs and helping lift New Yorkers out of poverty – but also in her personal life.

Assemblywoman Robinson was born in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn. Growing up in Bedford Stuyvesant gave her a keen awareness of the potential of each human being – no matter their circumstances – to be successful, and the critical role that family structure, economic opportunity and good governance play in building strong communities. The hallmark of Assemblywoman Robinson’s public service has been her unrivaled attention to constituent service, her thoughtful and creative approach to public policy, and her workmanlike approach to the details of the legislative process.

Assemblywoman Robinson has devoted most of her adult life to public service and community affairs. She was elected as a member of the Community School Board of District 16 in 1977 and served three terms. Additionally, Assemblywoman Robinson is a District Leader/State Committeewoman in the 56th A.D. Assemblywoman Robinson served as Coordinator and Liaison for former N.Y.C. Comptroller Harrison J. Goldin, and after 6 years of service she became District Director for U.S. Congressman Major R. Owens. In both of these positions, Assemblywoman Robinson built a strong reputation of not being afraid to roll up her sleeves and do some good old-fashioned work. She was instrumental in obtaining much needed municipal, state and federal services for New York City constituents.

Assemblywoman Robinson was elected to the New York City Council in 1991. As the representative of the 36th Council District, she served as chairperson of the Sub-committee on Juvenile Justice. Her other committee assignments included, Youth Services, Higher Education, Consumer Affairs, International Intergroup Relations, Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, Civil Service, and Labor and Government Operations. Additionally, Assemblywoman Robinson was chosen by the City Council Speaker to chair the select Committee on Police Performance and Community Relations during the turbulent months in New York City after the death of Amadou Diallo in the Bronx.

As a member of the New York City Council, Assemblywoman Robinson was well known for her leadership on issues as diverse as civil rights, senior services, health, education, employment, economic development and the digital divide. She led a number of lobbying efforts to Albany, City Hall, and Washington, D.C. She also fought to open Woodhull Hospital and the Interfaith Medical Center, and helped organize the North Brooklyn Coalition of Senior Councils and the Bedford Stuyvesant Inter Agency Council on the Aging. During her tenure on the City Council, Assemblywoman Robinson also established international relationships between her Bedford Stuyvesant community, with Panama, Brazil, and South Africa.

Assemblywoman Robinson is also a national speaker on religious, cultural and political issues. Her television appearances include the Ricky Lake Show, numerous appearances on NYI, BCAT Cable Television, Radio Stations WBAI, WWRL WLIB and WINS.

Married for over 50 years to William Robinson now deceased, the Assemblywoman is a mother of six, a grandmother and great-grandmother.

Assemblywoman Robinson received both her Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degrees from New Hampshire College. She is a member of the Brooklyn Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., Church Women United, and Vice Chair of Kings County Committee

Currently she is the Chair of the New York State Standing Committee on Banks and her Committee assignments with the NYS Assembly are: Aging, Children and Families, Housing, Small Business, Oversight, Analysis and Investigation and Real Property Taxation. She was the former, Chair of Subcommittee on Retention of Homeownership and Stabilization of Affordable Housing.