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 served as the Chair of the Community Services Committee, for 6 years through December 2015. The committee provided legislative oversight for the Departments of Social Services, Health, & Community Mental Health and all programs that fall under them.
Under her leadership, the committee 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 worked tirelessly to insure that services were 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 provided public health services.
In January, 2016 Williams was elected to the leadership position of Majority Whip by her collegues in the Democratic majority on the Board of Legislators. The
responsibility of the Majority Whip is to make sure the party members are informed and present when votes are taken and that they do what they are expected to do.
In addition to her current leadership role, Williams serves on the following committees: Environment and Health, Labor/Parks/Planning/Housing, Legislation, Public Safety and Social Services, and Seniors and Constituencies.
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 resulting in the preservation of green-space and wildlife. She obtained 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/Greenburgh Club. She is also a member of the Black Democrats of Westchester, and was a 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 4th term proudly representing her neighbors in District No. 8.
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