Chair, Children and Families Committee
Donna A. Lupardo was elected in 2004 to represent the 123rd Assembly District which includes the City of Binghamton and the Towns of Vestal and Union. She has taken a special interest in the environment, sponsoring numerous initiatives that protect the public from potential health risks and environmental hazards. She championed the State Green Building Construction Act, tenant notification of environmental testing results, and is committed to raising awareness about the importance of indoor air quality. Donna has also distinguished herself as an independent, reform-minded legislator. She authored the Contract Disclosure Act, which reformed the way state resources are allocated. She also co-sponsored the legislation that created Project Sunlight, a website that gives the public access to different state databases for campaign finance, lobbying, agency contracts, member items and legislation. Project Sunlight has been instrumental in identifying corrupt and unethical practices. Donna is an outspoken advocate for the Southern Tier, focusing on economic recovery and tax relief, support for schools and colleges, along with issues facing area seniors and veterans. In addition, she helped pass the Work Zone Safety Act and Yield-Right-Away legislation designed to keep our roadways safer. In 2006, during her first term, Donna received the “Quality Services Award” from the Public Employees Federation and the Citizen Action of New York Phoenix Award. She was also named “Rookie of the Year” by the Sierra Club and “Legislator of the Year” by both ABATE of New York and The New York State Ophthalmological Society. In 2007, Donna was named “Legislator of the Year” by the New York AIDS Coalition and The American Motorcyclist Association, District Three. She also received the 2007 Legislative Award from the District Five, New York State Nurses Association, Inc. and the 2007 Friend of Education Award by the BOCES Teachers Association. In 2008, Donna was named “Legislator of the Year” by the American Institute of Architects of New York State. Other awards that she has received include: the American Cancer Society Leadership Award, YWCA Alice Mills Award, Mental Health Association of New York State’s Esther Mallach Staff Leadership Award and the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier’s Humanitarian Award. In 2009, Donna was elected First Vice-Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus and is a member of the Executive Committee for the New York Conference of Italian-America State Legislators. She is also a member of the External Advisory Board of the Department of Public Administration at Binghamton University. In 2011, Donna was appointed the Chair of the Legislative Commission on Science & Technology and elected Vice President of the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators. She also became Co-Chair of the Legislative Aviation Caucus. Donna is committed to “civic engagement” in her approach to public service. She believes that elected officials should explain where they stand, express a deep understanding of people and their concerns, and become more visible and involved in community life. In 2013, she was appointed Chair of the Committee on Children and Families and will serve as President of the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators. Originally from Staten Island, Donna is a graduate of Wagner College. She moved to the Southern Tier region in 1976 to attend graduate school at the State University of New York at Binghamton where she received a Masters degree in Philosophy. She stayed on as a lecturer in the School of Education & Human Development for ten years before dedicating herself to community mental health education and public service. She served on the Broome County Legislature from 1999 to 2000 and is the first woman to represent Broome County in the State Legislature. Donna lives in Endwell with her husband Scott J. Peters, a Syracuse University professor in the Cultural Foundations of Education department in the School of Education and Co-Director at Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life.