About Samra G. Brouk
Chair of Committee on Mental Health
Democrat, Working Families Democrat, Working Families
Senator Samra G. Brouk has the privilege of representing the constituents of New York's 55th District, which includes portions of Monroe and Ontario counties, including Rush, Mendon, Pittsford, Perinton, Fairport, Penfield, East Rochester, East Irondequoit, Naples, Bloomfield, Victor, and the east side of the City of Rochester.
Senator Brouk serves as Chair of the Senate Mental Health Committee and is working to revolutionize New York State’s mental health and substance abuse crisis response so that those in need receive compassionate, therapeutic care. In her first term, the Senator passed legislation to create a 9-8-8 substance abuse and mental health crisis lifeline, secured historic funding for Rochester’s Police Accountability Board, and a Budget that delivers an unprecedented amount of Foundation Aid to our schools. She is also focused on helping hardworking families get ahead; making state government more transparent, accessible and accountable (hosting mobile office hours in communities across the district); and ensuring that no one is left behind in our fight against COVID-19.
Taking office during the worst of the pandemic, Senator Brouk has worked to provide emergency housing relief for homeowners, tenants and landlords; over one billion dollars in emergency grants and loans for small businesses; and has helped hundreds of families connect with their pandemic unemployment insurance through the Department of Labor.
Senator Brouk was born and raised in the City of Rochester and surrounding suburbs before earning her B.A. in Psychology at Williams College. Before her election to the Senate, Senator Brouk’s dedication to public service led her to join the United States Peace Corps, working as a health educator in rural Guatemala. And as a leader in non-profit community development, she spent a decade building educational, environmental, and senior services initiatives in her own community and across New York State.