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Ellen Jaffee

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Ellen Jaffee
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New York State Assembly District 97
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 8
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$171/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New York State Assembly District 95
Bachelor'sBrooklyn College, 1965
Master'sFordham University, 1980
Date of birth05/20/1944
Place of birthBrooklyn, NY
Office website
Ellen Jaffee (b. May 20, 1944) is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 97. She was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

She previously represented District 95 in the Assembly from 2007 to 2013. Jaffee's political experience includes being a candidate for District 95 in the New York Assembly in 2002, a county legislator for District 12 - New York Rockland County, and a trustee for the Village of Suffern.


Jaffee earned a B.A. from Brooklyn College, and a M.S. in Special Education from Fordham University.[1] Her professional experience includes working as an educational consultant, and as a teacher at Ponoma Middle School.

Committee assignments


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

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Children and Families
Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry
Environmental Conservation
Higher Education
Local Governments
Mental Health


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Jaffee served on the following committees:



See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Jaffee ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 97. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. She also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. She defeated Joseph T. Gravagna in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. [2][3]

New York State Assembly, District 97, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEllen Jaffee Incumbent 65.2% 29,546
     Republican Joseph T. Gravagna 34.8% 15,801
Total Votes 45,347


See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010

Jaffee ran unopposed in the September 14 Democratic primary. She defeated Thomas Morr (R) in the general election on November 2.[4] In addition to running on the Democratic ticket, she was also listed as a candidate of the Independence Party of New York State, and Working Families Party.

New York State Assembly, District 95 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ellen Jaffee (D) 20,702
Thomas Morr (R) 13,241


On November 4, 2008 Jaffee won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 95. She ran unopposed.

Jaffee raised $88,381 for her campaign.[5]

New York State Assembly, District 95 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ellen Jaffee (D) 32,850

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Jaffee received $69,945 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

New York State Assembly 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ellen Jaffee's campaign in 2010
New York State United Teachers$3,800
Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Cmte$2,000
Commercial Site Management$1,387
New York State Nurses Association$1,375
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals$1,200
Total Raised in 2010 $69,945


In the 2008 election, Jaffee raised a total of $88,381.[7]

Her five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Jaffee, Steven $5,000
New York State United Teachers $4,450
Friends of Sheldon Silver $3,800
New York State Trial Lawyers $3,000
Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy CMTE $2,000


Jaffee and her husband, Steven, have two children; Marc and Allison.[8]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ann Rabbitt (R)
New York Assembly District 97
Succeeded by
Preceded by
New York Assembly District 95
Succeeded by
Sandra Galef (D)