About Steve Otis
Steve Otis is completing his second successful term in the Assembly. Among his many legislative accomplishments include the expansion this year of the statewide water grant program that he initiated in 2015. The innovative program will provide $425 million in grants to local governments for much-needed clean and drinking water infrastructure projects, making them more affordable to municipalities and taxpayers.
Otis has been strong advocate for education, local governments, taxpayers and the environment. He has sponsored several new laws, including statutes protecting child workers and animals and legislation improving safety in air travel. He chairs the Legislative Commission on Solid Waste Management and was recently named to the Assembly Education Committee. Otis also serves on the Local Governments, Environmental Conservation, Corporations, Libraries and Education Technology and Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development Committees in the Assembly.
Earlier this year, Otis was honored with Audubon New York’s prestigious William Hoyt Environmental Excellence Award for his dedication to protecting New York’s natural resources and environment.
Steve has used his three decades of experience working on local, county, state and federal concerns, including 12 years as Mayor of the City of Rye, to be a successful and effective lawmaker in the State Assembly.
In state government, Assemblyman Otis served as long-time Counsel and Chief of Staff to Senator Suzi Oppenheimer until his own election to the Assembly. He worked closely with the Senator on issues facing Westchester since joining her staff in 1985.
Steve began his service in state government as Senate Fellow and Legislative Director to State Senator Jeremy S. Weinstein from 1980 to1985.
Steve is also a past Chair of the City of Rye Conservation Commission and was a member of the Board of Directors of the NYS Association of Conservation Commissions for 19 years. He has also served on the Westchester County Flood Action Task Force, as Vice Chair of the Long Island Sound Watershed Intermunicipal Council, Vice Chair of the Westchester County Environmental Management Council, and Co-Chair of the City of Rye’s Project Impact FEMA program. He has been a member of the Stewardship Committee of Audubon NY since 2009.
In these varied capacities, Steve has worked on numerous issues affecting local government, education, traffic and pedestrian safety, emergency management, recreation, environmental protection, infrastructure repairs, historic preservation, property tax relief and the concerns of women, seniors and families.
The Assemblyman is a graduate of Hobart & William Smith Colleges and holds a master’s degree in public administration from NYU and a law degree from Hofstra University School of Law.
Steve and his wife Martha, an executive in the book publishing business, reside in the City of Rye.
Assemblyman Otis represents the 91st Assembly District in Westchester County, which includes the communities along the Long Island Sound of Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Port Chester, Rye and Rye Brook.