Aravella Simotas

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Aravella Simotas
New York State Assembly District 36
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$61/half day and $171/full day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sEconomics and Philosophy, 1999
J.D.Fordham Law School, 2002
Office website
Aravella Simotas is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 36 since 2011.

Simotas worked as a federal law clerk before joining the practice of Bickle & Brewer, where she specialized in corporate governance litigation. She has political experience serving as a district representative to New York City Council officials. Upon being elected to the New York State Assembly, she became the first Greek-American woman elected to office in New York and the first woman elected to represent her district.

She received her B.A. in economics and philosophy from Fordham University, and her J.D. from Fordham Law School. She lives in Astoria with her husband, John Katsanos

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Simotas served on the following committees:



See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Simotas ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 36. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. She also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. She defeated Julia Haich in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

New York State Assembly, District 36, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAravella Simotas Incumbent 84.1% 26,331
     Republican Julia Haich 15.9% 4,993
Total Votes 31,324



See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010

Simotas was elected to the New York State Assembly, facing no competition in the November 2 general election.[4] She also was uncontested in the September 14 Democratic primary.

New York State Assembly, District 36 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Aravella Simotas (D) 12,933

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Simotas raised a total of $208,175 in campaign contributions.[5]

Her four largest campaign contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Simotas, Aravella $12,000
Brewer III, William A $7,600
Simotas, Eleni $4,800
Simotas, Aristidis $4,000


Simotas has a husband, John.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Gianaris (D)
New York Assembly District 36
Succeeded by