State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk had a long record of community service before deciding to run for the State Senate. As a member of the Duanesburg Central School District Board of Education, she was known as a strong advocate of our public schools, and was, in fact, elected by her colleagues to serve as Vice President of the Board.
Senator Tkaczyk is the Ranking Member on both the Elections Committee and the Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. She also serves as a member of the following committees: Agriculture, Environmental Protection, Education and Children and Families.
Senator Tkaczyk is recognized as an expert on housing policy, with more than 20 years of experience working in the field of affordable and supportive housing. She served for ten years as Executive Director of the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition of New York State – an organization representing more than 300 non-profit affordable housing providers throughout the state.
In her role as a Senior Housing Policy Analyst for the State Senate Majority Conference, she played a key role in developing the 2009 Mortgage Foreclosure Law to assist homeowners and tenants dealing with the foreclosure crisis.
Senator Tkaczyk was born and raised on a dairy farm. She is extremely proud of her farming roots, and is currently the only farmer serving in the State Senate. She owns and lives on a small sheep farm in the town of Duanesburg, NY, with her husband, Eric and their son, Peter.
Her top priorities in the Senate include strengthening the State’s economy and fostering job growth. She believe this can only be done by supporting and improving New York’s public school system in order to prepare our children for the new technology-based job market.
In their endorsement of Senator Tkaczyk, the Albany Times Union said: “No one running for the Legislature this year has a better command of the challenges facing the state’s rural population than Ms. Tkaczyk. “ The Poughkeepsie Journal agreed, saying “Tkaczyk spoke elegantly about ending the disparity among school districts in terms of funding, saying New York must do more to help its high-needs districts, whether they are in urban or rural areas.”