Harrison, Rye Brook, Port Chester
Nancy Barr

Nancy Barr was sworn in as a Westchester County Legislator in January of 2018. She represents District 6, which is comprised of Port Chester, Rye Brook and Harrison.

Legislator Barr chairs the Committee on Law and Major Contracts and is the Vice-Chair of Planning, Economic Development and Energy.  She is also past Chair and current Member of the Committee on Environment and Health and serves on the following additional committees: Budget and Appropriations, Legislation, Social Services and Public Safety. She is also a Member of the Families Task Force and is the BOL Liaison on the Airport Advisory Board, the Soil and Water Conservation Board and the Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board.

Legislator Barr has followed through on her commitment to help Westchester families by introducing and voting for legislation designed to protect the health, safety and economic well-being of the county and its residents. This legislation includes the Immigration Protection Act, the Wage History Discrimination Act, and laws banning gun shows on county property, spurring the hiring of service-disabled veteran-owned businesses in county contracts, and raising the age for sales of tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21. Legislator Barr co-sponsored the County’s expanded polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) ban and lobbied strongly for Westchester County to take a role in helping municipalities make food scrap recycling affordable and composting accessible. Legislator Barr was also instrumental in creating the People with Disabilities Advisory Committee. For more on Legislator Barr’s role in shaping county policy and helping her constituents, see her annual newsletters below.

As the current Vice President of the Council of Community Services of Rye Town, Port Chester and Rye Brook, a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring together local leaders and stakeholders to assess and meet the needs of the community, Legislator Barr has worked hard to find solutions to community challenges via advocacy and mobilization.

Prior to becoming County Legislator, Ms. Barr volunteered in the community for many years. She served on the Blind Brook School Board for six years, including as President and Vice President, on several school district committees, and coordinated meals for Blind Brook/St. Peter’s Soup Kitchen in Port Chester for over a decade while her children were growing up. During these years, she joined the Board of the Council of Community Services, which gave her insight into the problems faced by residents in the area.

After earning her Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University, Ms. Barr worked for the American Kennel Club in their Education and Public Affairs department. She later graduated from Yale Law School where she volunteered in the Yale Law Immigration Clinic. She spent a summer at the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) Children’s Rights Project. Before moving to Westchester, the Legislator was a Trusts and Estates attorney at the Manhattan law firm Milbank Tweed Hadley and McCloy.

Ms. Barr was born in Queens and grew up in Stony Brook, Long Island. She and her husband Tom Kratochvil have lived in Rye Brook since 1996 and have two adult children.