Norma J. Chapman (D)
Albany County Legislative District 4
Norma J. Chapman has been an Albany County Legislator since 2008, representing residents of the 5th Legislative District and since the 2010 re-districting, she represents the 4th Legislative District.
Norma has long been active in her community and a current dedicated member of the Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church. She is a founder of and advisor to the Frank Chapman Memorial Institute, a non-profit organization providing quality programming for inner-city youth from Arbor Hill, West Hill, the South End and North Albany since 1995. The organization has employed hundreds of youngsters through the Institute's Summer Day Camp in collaboration with the City of Albany Summer Youth Employment program, and has provided a safe place for children to assemble for after-school activities, mentoring, performing arts, fashion shows and other activities. She also was instrumental in forming several other after-school programs.
Norma has lent her time and skills to organize African-American Festival Day, the Martin Luther King Jr. Observance March and the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus Youth Talent Showcase. She has been involved with Equinox, the Northeast Regional Food Bank, Ronald McDonald House, the Capital District African American Coalition on AIDS, the Black Leadership Commission on AIDS and various volunteer teams associated with the NYS Comptroller's Office and Chair on the Board of the Youth Bureau Department of Albany County. She also established the West Hill newsletter providing information to residents on issues and accomplishments in the community, also participating on boards and committees such as the social service committee, Civic Center, Elder Care, Human Services at Albany county, Public works and many others.
Norma retired in 2007 after 37 years with the NYS Comptroller's Office, Retirement Employers Service Department. She is the mother of six children and has 12 grandchildren whom she loves and leads daily.