MEET COLIN SMITH
“I’m excited to announce my candidacy for the New York State Assembly,” said Legislator Colin Smith. “I am proud of my record of delivering real results for the people of Westchester County-- focusing on policy while avoiding partisan fights and grandstanding. We have made real progress in the County Legislature by focusing on the things that unite us and the issues that matter most. I will bring this results-driven approach to Albany and the State Assembly for the good of Westchester and Putnam Counties.”
Colin Smith is a two-term incumbent in the Westchester County Legislature., where he has worked to keep our communities safe and affordable. Colin has played an integral role in the County’s efforts to improve and reimagine how we police our communities as both former Chair of the Legislature’s Public Safety Committee and a member of the countywide Police Reform and Reimagining Task Force. Legislator Smith has also worked tirelessly to help pass historic property tax decreases, address the County’s housing and eviction crisis, and ensure the safe decommissioning of the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. He has been a force in the fight to protect small businesses, homeowners and vulnerable communities ravaged by the COVID-19 crisis by securing testing, food, vaccines, and PPE.
Prior to his tenure in the County Legislature, Colin served as a Trustee on the Peekskill Board of Education from 2012 to 2017, where he bolstered the quality of our public schools while remaining below the state-mandated property tax cap. Colin went on to serve on the Peekskill Common Council from 2017 to 2019 where he worked to enact environmental sustainability measures, modernize antiquated systems such as Peekskill’s web-based parking meters, and worked to ensure fairer and more inclusive hiring processes throughout the city.
In his two terms as County Legislator and decade as an elected official, Smith has earned a reputation as a passionate advocate for his constituents and delivering real results for the people and small businesses of Northern Westchester.
Colin, who was born and raised in the district, is a proud graduate of Peekskill High School. After high school Colin went on to obtain his BA in Philosophy at Cedarville University in Ohio and then his Juris Doctor at Pace Law School in White Plains. After ten years of working as a litigator in the New York Metropolitan Area, Colin went on to open his own practice in Downtown Peekskill where he continues to practice today.
Smith, who has already been endorsed by a number of ranking municipal and county officials and community leaders, concluded by saying: “I thank Assemblymember Sandy Galef for her decades of service to our community. As the baton is now being passed from one generation to the next, I hope to continue Assemblymember Galef’s record of strong representation and results for Westchester and Putnam Counties in the State Assembly. I also look forward to running a respectful, issues-based campaign. Policy matters, facts matter, and people matter, and that’s what this campaign will be about.”