Today, Elaine Altman, surrounded by citizens throughout the 61st State Senate district, announced her candidacy for the New York State Senate. Altman  called for greater accountability and a renewed dedication to the issues affecting hard working families throughout the region.

Elaine Altman, will represent the needs of all people regardless of political party affiliation. Residents of Amherst, Clarence, Newstead, Genesee County and part of the City Rochester will have a voice in Albany. “We will work together to make the 61st Senate District an example for other districts in New York State to be measured by.”

There can be no better place than in front of Clarence High School for a 24 year educator to announce for the New York State Senate. The “Send a Teacher to Albany” campaign is resonating with parents who want kids to have the best possible chance at a meaningful education. “We need to worry about the skills students need to succeed in life than trying to measure their competence with paper and pencil tests. Life is made with wisdom, drive and opportunity” Altman has said.

As a fresh face to politics Elaine will go to Albany to educate Albany insiders and career politicians on what is important to our communities in the 61st District. “We all need to be part of the solution. Supporting our workers and our students safeguards our communities and our futures. It is up to us to make change happen. We must create a culture which promotes business and fair taxes for all.”

Elaine, a resident of East Amherst, New York, is the mother of Aaron, Avi, and Jake. She holds two Master’s degrees: one in Special Education, Learning, and Behavioral Disorders from State University College at Buffalo, as well as a degree in Educational Administration from Canisius College. Elaine has taught students in grades three and six at the Kenmore Town of Tonawanda UFSD and has held several leadership positions there as well. She has served as a mentor to other teachers and is currently the Director of the Staff Development Center which provides professional learning to all workers.

Elaine has been active in her community, participating in volunteer work ranging from anti-bullying forums for parents and teachers to the Awareness Walk for Breast Cancer. She has received several awards, including the Bernard B. Yormak Graduate Student Award, the 2009 NYSUT Local Leadership Award, and most recently, the 2014 NYSUT ED1 Leadership Award.

More information about Elaine Altman’s campaign can be found on her website: