Ward 9 - Hon. Judy Doesschate

Ward 9

Judy L. Doesschate was elected to the Albany Common Council in November of 2013. She represents the 9th Ward, which includes parts of the Helderberg, New Scotland-Woodlawn, Pine Hills and Park South neighborhoods. Judy serves the Finance, Taxation and Assessment; Housing and Community Development; and Law, Building and Code Enforcement Committees.

Judy has been an active member of the Albany community for over 37 years. She has served as President of the Sheridan Hollow Neighborhood Association, Board Member of the Albany Housing Coalition, Board Member, Coach and Manager for National Little League and Treasurer of the Hackett Middle School PTA.She is currently a member of several neighborhood associations and an active volunteer and participant in meetings throughout the City on issues relating to our waterfront, expanded recreational activities, improved planning and economic development and quality of life issues.  

Judy has long believed that a high quality public education system is the key to the success of our children, our cities and our nation. As a result, she was involved in the campaign to renovate and rebuild Albany's deteriorating schools, advocating for improved and expanded programs that serve our neediest children, and lobbied for increased, equitable State funding of our schools. Judy served on the Albany City School Board from 2005 to 2010.

Judy is an attorney and was employed by the New York State Department of Health for over 25 years where she advised a wide variety of programs on topics ranging from hospital and laboratory regulation, to physician misconduct, patient rights, the Freedom of Information Law and the Open Meetings Law. In 1989, she authored the statute that created the New York State Transplant Council and served as counsel to that body for 16 years. She also served as counsel to the Spinal Cord Injury Research Board and the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Panel. Judy also helped launch New York State's $600 million commitment to stem cell research as the Director of Board Operations for the Empire State Stem Cell Board. 

As a council member, Judy has a special interest in working with other elected officials and community members to preserve and improve Albany's neighborhoods, facilitate business and job development, and advocate for equitable state aid and compensation from tax exempt property owners. Judy prides herself on being an accessible representative and encourages residents to contact her via email or phone with any questions or concerns. 

Judy was raised in Ossining and Pittsford before moving to New York City for her senior year of high school. She graduated from SUNY New Paltz, cum laude, in 1976 with a B.A. in Psychology and Political Science. She moved to Albany in 1977 to work for the New York State Assembly and then the Higher Education Services Corporation, before attending law school. She graduated from Albany Law School, cum laude, in 1983. She and her husband, Albany City Court Judge Thomas K. Keefe, have been married since 1981 and have two adult sons. 


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