Sandy (Sandy) Galef (D-SH095)
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Capitol: 518.455.5348
FAX: 518.455.5728
District: 914.941.1111
Room 641 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248

District Office:
2 Church Street
Ossining, NY 10562
Elected: 1992    Next Election: 2022
DOB: 5/7/1940
Committee Assignments
ChairmanAssembly Committee on Real Property Taxation
MemberAssembly Committee on Governmental Operations
MemberAssembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions
MemberAssembly Committee on Election Law
MemberAssembly Committee on Health
Counties Representing


Assemblywoman Sandra Galef has been committed to public service both as a volunteer and as an elected official almost her entire life. She has consistently been a leader bringing innovation, change, and energy to every endeavor.

This commitment started in school in Westchester County where she has lived since 1944 as a resident of Mamaroneck, White Plains, Eastchester and Ossining. Assemblywoman Galef was born Sandra Risk in Lacrosse, Wisconsin in May 1940. After moving to Westchester, she attended schools in Mamaroneck and White Plains. She graduated from White Plains High School with honors and was class secretary.

She then attended Purdue University and was again elected class secretary and president of her sorority. After graduating from Purdue, she received a Masters Degree in Education at the University of Virginia while teaching in Charlottesville.

She next worked in the Scarsdale school system as a teacher and subsequently left to raise her two children. During this period she was fully involved in organizing and serving numerous community agencies and advocating for community needs.

Her volunteer leadership activities have included- president, League of Women Voters of Briarcliff-Ossining; trustee, Ossining Public Library; president and 16-year board member, United Way of Northern Westchester; board of directors, Visiting Nurse Service of Westchester; president, National Council of Jewish Women, Westchester - Evening Section; board of directors, Phelps Hospital Robin's Nest Day Care Center; board of directors, Westchester Municipal Planning Federation; board member, Phelps Memorial Hospital Center; board member, Bethel Nursing Home; board member, Westchester Medical Center Children's Hospital Foundation; board member of the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education Foundation; and board member Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO).

Assemblywoman Galef has also played a very active role in the Westchester Health and Human Services Forum; the Westchester Transportation and Housing Committees; Westchester 2000; advisory committee, North Tarrytown Open Door; Ossining Upward Bound Substance Abuse Council; Westchester Tricentennial Committee; Public Affairs Chair, Junior League of Westchester-on-Hudson; Ossining Chamber of Commerce; chair, Ossining Youth Employment Service; board member, Day Care Council of Westchester; and trustee member of Education and Learning Coalition of Westchester and Putnam Counties.

She hosts two television shows, "Dear Sandy" and "Speakout with Sandy Galef" highlighting local, regional and statewide personalities and issues of interest to her constituents.

In 1992 Assemblywoman Galef was elected to the New York State Assembly. Her district covers the Towns of Cortlandt, Ossining, Kent, Philipstown, and the City of Peekskill. She is currently chairs the Real Property Tax Committee and serves as a member of the Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions Committee; the Election Law Committee; the Governmental Operations Committee; and the Health Committee. Galef also serves on the Assembly Majority Steering Committee and the Hudson Valley Greenway Communities Council. Former Assembly leadership positions include Chair of the Libraries and Education Technology Committee, Vice Chair of the New York Legislative Women's Caucus, and Chair of the Subcommittee for Rural Health.

Galef has been a leading advocate for legislative reform in Albany as well as being deeply involved in matters pertaining to education, tax reduction, government efficiency, environmental/clean energy issues, consumer issues, health, voting rights, organ donation, the disability community, and senior citizens, among other causes.

Prior to becoming a member of the New York State Assembly, Galef served as a Westchester County Legislator for thirteen years, eight of them as minority leader of the Board of Legislators. She also served as president of the New York State Association of Counties and as Chair of the Welfare and Medicaid Steering Committee.

On the national level, Assemblywoman Galef served as chair of the Labor and Employee Benefits Steering Committee for the National Association of Counties and was awarded a fellowship for the Eastern Leadership Academy at the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government from the Council of State Governments.

Galef resides in Ossining and is the widow of Steven Galef. She has two children, Graig, a Financial Planner at Strategies for Wealth, and Gwen, an Assistant District Attorney in Westchester.