Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Elmsford, Greenburgh
Alfreda Williams represents Legislative District 8 on the Westchester County Board of Legislators, which encompasses the southernmost part of Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Elmsford, northern Greenburgh and parts of the City of White Plains.
She serves as the Chair of the Community Services Committee, which provides legislative oversight for the Departments of Social Services, Health, & Community Mental Health and all programs that fall under them.
In the past four years under her leadership, the committee has fought hard for child care funding, services, and to keep the parent share for subsidy low; ensured that the closures of the Mental Health Clinics did not cause interruption of services for patients and continues to oversee the progress; passed the Source of Income Law; and passed the Reproductive Health Law for Westchester residents.
As the chair of the Board’s Community Services Committee, she works tirelessly to insure that services are available for ALL people in need; that we invest early in our children and provide programs that enrich their education; that the homeless have a place to go; and that the County is providing public health services.
She also serves on the Legislation, Infrastructure, Seniors & Constituencies and Economic Development & Capital Projects committees.
Williams moved to Greenburgh with her family in 1974. Her professional career includes several years with the New York State Education Department and the New York State Department of Labor. Followed by many years of employment with major health care institutions, including Mount Sinai Medical Center and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center; where she specialized in human resource administration, management training and development and risk management.
Williams has been a Greenburgh Democratic District Leader for many years and in 1994, she became the first African-American to be elected Greenburgh Town Clerk and she held that post through 2007. The position involves maintaining the Town’s records, issuing licenses and permits, administering the cable television franchise agreements (Cablevision, Verizon), facilitating all elections conducted in the Town of Greenburgh and interaction with Town residents and civic associations on many issues. Williams helped the Woodland Hills Civic Association secure modification of the Winding Ridge development project, which resulted in the preservation of green-space and wildlife. She obtained over $91,000 in state grants for improvements in technology, secure record keeping systems, and vital statistics (birth and death records) — all without increasing taxes. Alfreda also established the Archival and Record Center, the first ever for the Town. As the Town’s liaison to the Greenburgh Historic Landmarks Preservation Board, Williams assisted in obtaining the Town’s first designated historic site — the Gordon Parks’ former residence in Parkway Gardens. Williams also established the Town Clerk Internship Program, which sponsors local high school students. In 2000, Williams was an outspoken opponent of the town divulging individual tax information on the Internet, citing individual privacy issues.
Williams has always been an active and an involved Greenburgh citizen. She was active with the Greenburgh Central 7 PTA, the Woodlands High School Scholarship Fund and served on the Board of Directors of the Greenburgh Health Center. She is a member of the Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, Inc., former parliamentarian of the organization and former director of the Greenburgh Chapter. She is a life member and former president of the White Plains-Greenburgh NAACP. She is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International and former president of the Hartsdale Club. She is also a member of the Black Democrats of Westchester, and member and former vice president of the Westchester Town and City Clerks Association.
Williams earned a B.A. degree in History from Queens College, City University of New York and a Master’s in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. Alfreda is an active member of her church, St. Francis & St. Martha’s Episcopal Anglican Church in Greenburgh. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, traveling, listening to jazz, reading mystery novels and taking brisk walks around her lovely town. Williams was re-elected this past November and is currently serving her 3rd term proudly representing her neighbors in District No. 8.
Summer 2013 Newsletter
Summer 2011 Newsletter