Shanae Williams

Shanae Williams proudly represents District 16 at the Westchester County Board of Legislators. Williams had an overwhelming victory in the Democratic Primary on June 27, 2023 over the incumbent, and successfully won the General Election on November 7, 2023 as well.
Williams has been a Public Servant for 12 years in which 6 of those years was spent representing Council District One on the Yonkers City Council. Appointed to the Yonkers City Council on January 1, 2018 and subsequently elected to the Council in 2019, Shanae Williams proudly represents the First Council District in the City of Yonkers.
Williams holds a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Albany and holds the highest GPA Award for the Class of 2011 in the Department of Sociology. Williams interned and then served in the New York State Assembly. Upon graduating undergrad, she then worked fulltime at the Office of the Mayor in Yonkers, New York. Williams obtained her Master of Business Administration with a focus in Leadership from Walden University in 2015.
Born in Jamaica and immigrated to Yonkers as a child, Councilmember Williams is the younger of two siblings. She has a very large extended family, as her mother is one of 13 children, she is proud to have a very close knit, God-fearing family in Yonkers. Williams is a product of the NYS public school system having attended Dodson Elementary and Mark Twain Middle School in Yonkers, and Hastings High School in Hastings-on-Hudson. Williams has been a resident of the Westchester County for over 25 years.
Williams is a Yonkers Democratic Committee District Leader, a member of the Westchester Black Women Political Caucus, Hudson River Community Association, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Young Elected Officials Network, Aquehung Women’s Democratic Club, and the National Council of Negro Women and the Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club. She was the Yonkers City Council’s liaison for the Yonkers Human Rights Commission, a former board member of the Municipal Housing Authority of the City of Yonkers, served as the liaison to Mayor Mike Spano’s African American Advisory Board, was an honorary board member of the YWCA of Yonkers as well as the Yonkers Downtown Business Improvement District. Williams is the former Chair of Legislation and Codes Committee and the Community and Mental Health Committee.
Williams has been a leader in advocating for more affordable housing in Yonkers and a strong advocate for the homeless community in Downtown Yonkers. Williams is passionate about serving her constituents and ensuring that the quality of life is improved by providing record numbers in funds for all students in the Yonkers Public School District, funds to repair the parks in her district and re-pave neglected streets, funds for various initiatives for the arts and programs to benefit the youth in the community amongst other things. Williams looks forward to continuing her work as a community leader in the City of Yonkers and Westchester County for years to come.