Assemblymember Chris Burdick joined the Assembly in January 2021, having previously served as full-time Supervisor of the Town of Bedford for seven years, governing a town of 17,500 residents, managing 125 town employees and an annual budget of $41 million. Previously a member of the Town Board, he became Bedford’s first Democratic Supervisor in 30 years after a hard-fought election in 2013.
In the Assembly, Chris sits on the Correction, Enviromental Conservation, Housing, People with Disabilities and Veterans' Affairs Committees. He also serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities.
A HISTORY OF RESULTS
Working with the Bedford Town Board, Chris delivered tremendous progress on critical issues including the climate crisis, immigration, housing, and clean water infrastructure.
While the climate crisis is global, the town is attacking the problem locally, reducing carbon emissions over 40% through increases in renewable electricity, single-stream recycling, and energy-efficient homes.
Chris partnered with the County government and the Antioch Baptist Church in Bedford Hills to build affordable housing. Critics said the required timeline was too short and the units would never be built, but Chris pushed the team hard, including convening forty 7:00 a.m. meetings, and those units exist today.
Chris championed one of the strongest immigrant protection policies in Westchester, passing it with bipartisan support, protecting the rights of Bedford’s residents regardless of immigration status.
Chris tackled longstanding issues with Bedford’s septic and sewer infrastructure, which is important for the health and safety of the town, and crucial for economic growth. Again, Chris was told that the ambitious sewer project the town so desperately needed could never be done. They break ground in the Spring.
A Commitment to Our Community
A champion for environmental issues, Chris was Vice Chairman of Sustainable Westchester and former Co-Chair, where he was instrumental in launching the first community aggregation program in New York State. He is on the Executive Committee of the East of Hudson Watershed Corporation; Vice President of the Northern Westchester Watershed Committee; and chairs the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Energy Improvement Corporation.
Outside of his environmental work, Chris serves as a Director of the Bedford Village Lion’s Club; Vice President of the Mount Kisco Concert Association; Co-Chairman of the Woodlands Commission of St. Matthew’s Church; and Emeritus Member of the Board of Directors of Katonah Museum of Art.
Chris earned his B.A. in Economics and History from the University of California at Berkeley; his Masters in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; and his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. He and his wife Illyria have been married for 34 years. They have three adult children and one adorable baby granddaughter.
Before becoming town supervisor, Chris served as an attorney at Stewart Title Insurance Company of New York, where he was Chief Underwriting Counsel.