“I will fight for Hudson Valley values, not Trump’s values.” Pete Harckham was elected to represent New York State’s 40th Senate District in November 2018. In short order, Pete has been recognized as a state-wide leader in the fight against the opioid crisis and to reduce barriers to treatment for those suffering from Substance Use Disorder. He serves as the Chair of the Committee on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse and serves as the founding Co Chair of the Senate Joint Task force on Opioids, Addiction & Overdose Prevention.
Harckham marked his first year in office by passing important legislation in support of taxpayers, Indian Point workers, the environment and people with substance abuse disorder.
Pete also fought for an increase in school aid by $1 Billion and a permanent 2% property tax cap, championed an investment of $500 million for clean water needs, plus extra funding for veterans’ programs, local law enforcement agencies and first responders. He was able to secure more than $27 million in grants and funding in direct support for the district, providing crucial support for infrastructure, school districts, first responders, parks, libraries and healthcare clinics.
Pete served in the Administration of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo from 2015-2018. Prior to that, Harckham served on the Westchester County Board of Legislators from 2008-2015, representing the 2nd Legislative District. From 2010-2013 he was the Board’s Majority Leader. Among his many accomplishments at the Board, was recognized for establishing county protocols for emergency storm response, working for affordable housing and creating a county-wide Local Development Corporation to assist nonprofits with capital expansion. He also brokered a deal between the State and New York City to implement septic requirements near Westchester’s reservoirs, saving local municipalities (and taxpayers) millions of dollars. To further protect water quality, he secured $20 million in funding from New York City and helped pass landmark phosphorus reduction legislation.
Pete was born in 1960, and raised in Rockland County. He attended public schools in Clarkstown and then earned a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, majoring in English. Early in his career, Harckham worked in marketing and communications for major advertising firms in New York City, eventually opening his own strategic communications firm in 2002, which he helmed for several years until being elected to the Westchester County Board of Legislators.
Through most of his career, Pete has been an active supporter and participant in the work of various nonprofit organizations. From 2004 to 2007, he served as board president of A-HOME, a nonprofit that builds and manages affordable housing in northern Westchester. At the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, which supports environmental protection and education for underserved communities, he served as vice chair of the board for 13 years. Also, Harckham has served on the President’s Council for Northern Westchester Hospital; and the boards of the United Way of Westchester and Putnam, the Junior League of Northern Westchester Community Advisory Council and the Livable Communities Council.
Today, Pete resides in South Salem, NY with his partner of many years Jin-Hee Stevens. He is the proud father of two adult daughters, Emma and Kate.
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