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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$171/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sFordham University, 1999
J.D.Fordham Law School, 2002
Office website
Aravella Simotas is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 36. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

She served as a district representative to New York City Council officials.


She earned her B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from Fordham University and her J.D. from Fordham Law School. Her professional experience includes working as a federal law clerk before joining the practice of Bickle & Brewer, where she specialized in corporate governance litigation. 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.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Simotas served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Consumer Affairs and Protection
Small Business


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.[3] 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

Comprehensive donor information for Aravella Simotas is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Aravella Simotas raised a total of $296,664 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 24, 2013.[4]

Aravella Simotas's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Assembly, District 36 Won $88,489
2010 New York State Assembly, District 36 Won $208,175
Grand Total Raised $296,664


Aravella Simotas won re-election to the New York State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Aravella Simotas raised a total of $88,489.
New York State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Aravella Simotas's campaign in 2012
Levron Inc$4,100
Newman, Jay H$4,000
New York State Troopers$3,000
Rontso Levkos Llc$2,500
Morning Glory Taxi$2,500
Total Raised in 2012$88,489
Source: Follow the Money


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



In 2012, Simotas’ endorsements included the following:

  • 32BJ/SEIU [6]


Simotas has a husband, John.

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