Steven Otis
In his second term in the State Assembly, Steve Otis has used his years of experience working on local, county, state and federal issues to be a productive lawmaker, moving a variety of legislative and budget initiatives.

Last year, Otis helped initiate the new grant program to assist municipalities in financing needed clean water projects. The Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2015 will provide $425 million in grants to local governments over the program’s first three years, making over $1.5 billion in environmental projects possible and more affordable for local taxpayers.

Otis has been a strong advocate in the Assembly for increased state funding to school districts and on numerous education policy issues. As a former Mayor, he has been active on a variety of issues affecting local governments that include ways to help localities lower costs to taxpayers and become more efficient. He has also been active on transportation and consumer issues working, for example, to increase the state’s enforcement of deceptive marketing practices and violations of do-not-call registry rules.

Otis has also been the lead author of new laws on a variety of topics, including legislation to make directing laser pointers at airplane cockpits illegal under state law, strengthen child labor law protections for minors working in the modeling industry, enact rules to prevent dangerous accidents from falling soccer goals and increase the state penalty, which had not been changed in over 40 years, for stealing a pet.

A strong proponent of small business and the importance of buying local, Otis sponsors an annual small business conference focusing on topics of interest to local retailers and entrepreneurs. He also authored a new law to increase the information available to members of Business Improvement Districts about the work of those organizations.

This past session, Otis sponsored a law to help in the identification of missing persons and the resolution of unsolved crimes. The new law, which went into effect on July 21, 2016, requires medical examiners to report information regarding unidentified remains to a US Department of Justice national missing persons database. It has already been credited with the positive identification of a missing New Yorker.

In addition to his regular standing committee assignments, Otis serves as Chair of the Legislative Commission on Solid Waste Management and as a member of both the Assembly Work Group on Legislative Process, Operations and Public Participation and the Assembly Climate Change Work Group.

In March 2016, the Assemblyman received Audubon New York’s William Hoyt Environmental Excellence Award.

Before joining the Assembly, Otis served as Mayor of the City of Rye for 12 years from 1998 to 2009. He is the longest-serving Mayor in the city’s history and is also a former President of the Westchester Municipal Officials Association, on whose executive committee he served from 2002 to 2012.

In state government, Assemblyman Otis served as long-time Counsel and Chief of Staff to Senator Suzi Oppenheimer until his election to the Assembly. Before joining Senator Oppenheimer in 1985, Otis served as Senate Fellow and Legislative Director to State Senator Jeremy S. Weinstein from 1980 to1985.

Otis is also a past Chair of the City of Rye Conservation Commission and has served on the Board of Directors of the NYS Association of Conservation Commissions for 19 years. He has also served on the Westchester County Flood Action Task Force, as Vice Chair of the Long Island Sound Watershed Intermunicipal Council, Vice Chair of the Westchester County Environmental Management Council, and Co-Chair of the City of Rye’s Project Impact FEMA program. Otis has been a member of the Stewardship Committee of AudubonNY since 2009.

Otis has been effective on numerous issues affecting local government, education, traffic and pedestrian safety, emergency management, recreation, senior citizens, environmental protection, infrastructure repairs, historic preservation, property tax relief and matters of concern to women and families.

The Assemblyman is a graduate of Hobart & William Smith Colleges and holds a master’s degree in public administration from NYU and a law degree from Hofstra University School of Law.

Steve and his wife Martha, an executive in the book publishing business, reside in the City of Rye.

Assemblyman Otis represents the 91st Assembly District in Westchester County, which includes the communities along the Long Island Sound of Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Port Chester, Rye and Rye Brook.