Office of the Albany County Legislature

Charles S. Dawson, Jr. (D)

Charles S. Dawson, Jr. (D) (I), 35th Legislative District

Albany County Legislative District 35

7 Constitution Drive
Glenmont, NY 12077
Phone: (518) 447-7168

Committee Assignments: Audit and Finance

Previous Committee Assignments: Public Safety, Conservation & Improvement (Economic Development)

Charles S. Dawson, Jr. has been an Albany County Legislator since 2000, representing residents of the 35th Legislative District (Glenmont and Delmar).

Charlie’s legislative service has concentrated on budgetary issues, economic development, conservation matters, and public safety. He is a prime sponsor of legislation to reduce the size of the county legislature. He also worked hard to successfully urge the state to cap its unfunded Medicaid burden on our County property taxpayers while simultaneously pressing hard to radically reduce our own nursing home's costs and improve its care.

In his first year in office, Charlie successfully advocated for using the County's multi-million dollar share of the Medicaid tobacco settlement monies for economic development seed money. His efforts and leadership led to the creation of the Vista Technology Campus in Bethlehem.

Charlie was also the prime sponsor of the 11 mile county rail trail legislation and author of the measure creating the Bethlehem Landslide Nature Preserve along the Normans Kill.

Throughout his legislative service, Charlie has led legislative efforts to assist volunteer firefighters and EMS services personnel ranging from recruitment and retention programs to Advanced Life Support services for Bethlehem to advanced 911 dispatch.

An expert in governmental budgetary and organizational matters, especially legislatures, Charlie holds a doctorate in public administration from the Rockefeller College, State University of New York at Albany.

Charlie was a long-time state legislative staffer having served in both houses of the New York State Legislature. He worked as budget analyst for the Assembly Ways & Means Committee early in his career and retired as the Special Advisor to the Senate Finance Committee Chair. He also worked for the New York State School Boards Association serving as an advocate for public education and property taxpayers.

In the 1990s, Charlie helped found the Center for Legislative Development at the University at Albany and worked there as a research professor and graduate students teacher/advisor. He also traveled extensively in his role as an international consultant specializing in assisting legislatures in emerging democracies. That experience was foundational for his later decision to run for public office.

Charlie is the co-author of The Politics of Legislation in New York State, published by the National Science Foundation.

Active in his community, Charlie served as a volunteer firefighter with the Elsmere Fire Company, as a member of the Bethlehem Soccer Club board, on his neighborhood association board, and as a member of the Albany County Soil and Water Conservation District. He is an avid skier, volunteering many years on the ski patrol and mountain safety patrol at Mount Snow. The rest of the year you'll find him golfing, hiking, kayaking or landscaping, when he has the time.

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