Office of the Albany County Legislature

Paul J. Burgdorf (R)(C)(I)

Paul J. Burgdorf, District 23

Albany County Legislative District 23

7 Chippendale Ct.
Latham, NY 12110
Phone: (518) 669-1234

Paul J. Burgdorf was elected to his first term in the Albany County Legislature in November of 2015 to represent the 23rd District. The district encompasses parts of Latham and Loudonville - north of Albany Shaker Road between Osborne Road and the Northway - and parts of the Village of Colonie north of Barker Street, Hunting Road and Sand Creek roads.

In January of 2018 and again in January 2019, Paul was named Chairman of the Legislature’s Public Works Committee. Paul made local history as part of a bi-partisan leadership coalition.

In addition to his committee leadership, Paul is the Republican Deputy Minority Leader of the Legislature, and serves on the Audit and Finance and Law Committees. He has authored important legislation including a comprehensive study on the future of Albany Shaker Road and requiring employee background checks for prospective Albany County employees. Paul also drafted bi-partisan legislation with the legislative leadership and Albany County Sheriff to study gaps in E-911 coverage for cell phones, a critical problem in Latham and Loudonville and throughout Albany County.

As a staunch advocate for taxpayer dollars, Paul has been proud to help in the crafting of a 2019 budget which cut resident property taxes by almost 4.5% from 2018. This was an even bigger cut than what he helped worked to achieve in the 2017 and 2018 budget cycles.

Paul has been vocal in his advocacy of more transparency in the Legislature, including modernizing the operation of the legislature and updating antiquated rules. Paul also was part of a “paperless legislature” project where 6 legislators replaced their paper agendas with a tablet. The project was an immediate success and the “paperless legislature” was included in the omnibus modernization legislation passed in 2018.

Paul has lived in the district he represents for more than 35 years. It is here he and his wife Jane raised their family. He is a graduate of SUNY Albany (BA) and has a distinguished executive career in public service that includes association management in the New York State construction industry, staff leadership in the NYS Senate, and senior management of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York and the Town of Colonie. Paul was elected to four terms as Councilman in the Town of Colonie, which included service as Deputy Supervisor. Through these various experiences, Paul became an expert in the local and state legislative process, solid waste management, and municipal administration, finance and both public and private construction.

Long active in local community activities, Paul is particularly proud of his volunteer work and support of youth sports in North Colonie, the Colonie Community Foundation, the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, Colonie Youth Centers, Inc. and Colonie Senior Service Centers, Inc. He is an avid sportsman and member of the West Albany Rod and Gun Club, Hendrick Hudson Fish and Game Club and remains a social member of the Stanford Heights Fire Department where he was an active volunteer fire fighter.

Paul and his wife Jane, have three adult children: Jessica, Michelle and Paul III; four grandchildren: Xander, Maddux, Theodor and Ben; and a rescue dog from Help Orphan Puppies: Bear.

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