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June 9, 2016
"This bill is a step in that direction – to give the residents of the Island more self-governance," said Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright of her legislation to ensure that the CEO of Roosevelt Island must be a resident of Roosevelt Island. A.9605


Rebecca  Seawright
Upon her election in 2014, Rebecca became the first female Assemblymember to serve the 76th Assembly District representing Manhattan’s Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island. Rebecca is a lifelong advocate for women’s rights and a strong supporter of Women and Minority Owned Business legislation. Rebecca has experience with many of the educational issues that confront New York families and is a fervent supporter of public schools. As an Assemblymember, Rebecca is committed to environmental protection, increasing government transparency and senior citizen rights. She is a fighter against discrimination and intolerance at all levels of our society.

To date, Rebecca passed 10 pieces of legislation in the Assembly with 8 bills signed into law. She is currently a member of the Banking Committee; Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee; Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee; Judiciary Committee; and the Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development Committee. Assemblymember Seawright has also been named by the Speaker as Chair of the Subcommittee on Consumer Fraud Protection and is a member of the Assembly’s Workgroup on Operations. She is also currently a member of both the Legislative Women’s Caucus and the Bipartisan Pro-Choice Legislative Caucus.

Originally from Texas, Rebecca was the Statewide Director of the National Women’s Political Caucus, and served for five years as the chief of staff for a state legislator. She has held staff positions in the Washington, D.C. offices of the late United States Senator Lloyd Bentsen and two members of United States Congress. Rebecca later became a fundraiser for former Texas Governor Ann Richards.

Rebecca chairs the Board of the Feminist Press and the CUNY School of Law Board of Visitors.