Chief of Staff to the Democratic New York State Senate
Suzy Ballantyne is currently employed by the New York State Democratic Conference and serves as the Chief of Staff to Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins. Formerly she was employed for 28 years at the AFL-CIO most recently as Executive Assistant to the President. As Director of Governmental Affairs for many years, her responsibilities include organizing grassroots lobbying of state and federal issues of concern to working men and woman. She has coordinated labor operations for hundreds of political campaigns. She also served in 2003-4 as the Executive Director of Voices for Working Families, a AFL-CIO affiliated 527 for the 2004 Election Cycle. As a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, she began her career at the National Association of Letter Carriers where she served as a legislative liaison.
Since the towers fell, Suzy has spearheaded the September 11th Federal health response for workers who were at the World Trade Center Disaster. She assisted in coordinating New York’s original successful request to the Federal Government of $21.5 Billion. Over the past eleven years she has continued to coordinate with the city, state, and federal officials a strategy to assist in developing the long-term legislative strategy to compensate and provide health care and compensation for the workers of 9/11. In 2011, the James Zadroga Health and Compensation bill was signed into law. In 2010, the Reauthorization of the James Zadroga Health and Compensation bill was signed into law with permanent health care coverage.
She currently lives in Clifton Park, New York with her husband and three children, Patrick, Tyler, and Katie. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1983. She has worked on various campaigns throughout the country.