Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Elmsford, Greenburgh
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. She 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 University Medical Center; where she specialized in human resource administration, management training and development and risk management.
In 1994, Williams embarked on a political career becoming the first African-American to be elected Greenburgh Town Clerk and she held that post until 2007. This 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 has 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 putting individual tax information on the Internet, citing individual privacy issues.
Williams has always been an active and 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. Currently she is a member of the Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, 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; 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.
Recently, Williams offered the ‘Women’s Day’ keynote address at St. Francis & St. Martha’s Episcopal Anglican Church in Greenburgh, delivering an encouraging message about the empowerment of women. Alfreda enjoys spending time with her daughter, traveling, listening to jazz, reading mystery novels and taking brisk walks around her lovely town. Williams is looking forward to serving her 1st term as the Westchester County Legislator of District No. 8.
Awards and recognitions
Click here to read Alfreda Williams' District 8 Summer 2011 newsletter.