Biography

Assemblymember Patricia Fahy
NYS Assemblymember Patricia Fahy represents the City of Albany and the Towns of Bethlehem, Guilderland, and New Scotland. A leading advocate for job creation and education, Pat has been the prime sponsor of over 60 bills – 46 of which have been signed into law--and co-sponsored more than 200 bills, including legislation to fund Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) programs statewide; ensure access to quality legal representation for all New Yorkers and lift an expensive unfunded mandate off the counties; provide substantial cost savings to municipalities by allowing them to own and update street lighting equipment; protect residents and businesses from potential petroleum disasters; provide state funding for Pre-K transportation; enact greater penalties for public lewdness; provide tax relief for owners of undeveloped land to encourage conservation; protecting the credit of consumer data breaches, and to ban the possession of devices designed to increase the rate of fire of semi-automatic weapons. Pat serves on six committees, including Environmental Conservation, Higher Education, and Tourism.

During her first term in office, Pat was awarded Freshman Legislator of the Year by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) and Advocate for Choice award by Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood (UHPP). In 2017 she was awarded the “Promoting Excellence in Mandated Representation” Award by the New York State bar association for her legislation overhauling New York’s public defense system. Before her election in 2012, she served as Associate Commissioner of Intergovernmental Affairs and Federal Policy in the NYS Department of Labor, where she advocated for economic stimulus, extended unemployment benefits, and youth training initiatives.

Pat is a former elected member of the Albany School Board. She serves on the Board of Directors of the UAlbany Center for Women in Government & Civil Society, and previously served on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Albany.

Before moving to Albany, Pat served as the Executive Director to the Chicago Workforce Board. She spent nine years in Washington D.C., including service in the Clinton Administration as the Associate Director for Employment and Training in the Congressional Affair’s Office of the U.S. Department of Labor under Secretary Robert Reich.

Pat is married to Wayne Bequette, a professor at RPI in Troy, NY. They have two children and live in the City of Albany. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Northern Illinois University.