Shelley Mayer was born and raised in Yonkers. She moved to White Plains and then returned to Yonkers to her parents’ former house. She is an experienced and progressive leader who spent her career advocating for New Yorkers first as Assistant Attorney General under Robert Abrams, then as Counsel to the New York State Senate Democrats, and currently as Assemblymember from the 90th District in Westchester.
Prior to her election to the Assembly, Shelley was a Senior Counsel at the National State Attorney General Program at Columbia Law School, where she focused on health care and labor law rights. For more than seven years, she was Vice President of Government and Community Affairs at Continuum Health Partners, one of New York City’s largest teaching hospital systems, working to protect Medicaid and Medicare services and improving the relationship between New York City’s diverse communities and the hospital system.
Shelley lives in Yonkers with her husband of 39 years, Lee Smith. Shelley and Lee have three adult children – Aaron, Julia, and Arthur Smith and three grandchildren.