Office of the Albany County Legislature

Samuel I. Fein (D)

Samuel I. Fein, 6th Legislative District

Albany County Legislative District 6

Samuel I. Fein
5 Elm Street
Albany, NY 12202
Phone: (518) 362-8380

Committee Assignments: Social Services (Chair), Law, Conservation & Improvement, Civic Center

Samuel I. Fein is serving his first term in the Albany County Legislature, representing the residents of the 6th Legislative District. The district is located completely within the City of Albany, and comprises parts of the South End Neighborhood, Delaware Area Neighborhood, Ten Broeck Triangle, Hudson/Park Neighborhood, and the entire Mansion Neighborhood, Pastures Historic District, and the Downtown Business District.

Sam ran for office in 2015 because he wanted to make a positive influence in his community and believed that government can and should do more to help communities that are in most need. Since taking office January 1, 2016, Sam has consistently advocated for and pursued policies related to equity in employment, worker rights, environmental justice, youth services, vacant building rehabilitation, and immigrant rights. Sam has passed meaningful legislation "banning the box" on county job applications, which prohibited questions about criminal history on county job applications.

Sam has also proposed legislation to initiate a pay equity study for all county employees, legislation to require Human Resources to conduct job fairs and free job training in diverse neighborhoods, legislation to require oil storage tanks to be painted white to lower toxic emissions near public housing developments, and most recently legislation to make Albany County a "sanctuary county." Sam has been a strong advocate of the Albany County Land Bank and has co-sponsored important legislation such as paid sick leave legislation and a styrofoam ban.

Sam's family has a long history in the City of Albany and the 6th District. Sam's ancestors settled in Albany shortly after immigrating to the United States from Eastern Europe in the early 20th Century. His great-grandfather grew up on Delaware Avenue and his family owned businesses in the 6th District, including Breslaw Brother's Furniture, Swire Appliance, and the Mill End Shops. Sam's great-grandfather and great-grandmother met while attending the New York State College for Teachers, now known as UAlbany. Sam earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2012 from Union College. After graduating, he worked on several congressional campaigns before accepting a position in the New York State Assembly.

Sam is very engaged with his community, and is actively involved in many neighborhood associations and community organizations. Being accessible to his constituents is very important to Sam. Being engaged in his community is one of the ways that he keeps his constituents informed on what their county government is doing and learns from his constituents about issues that are important to them.

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