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, Environmental Conservation, Housing, People with Disabilities, and Veterans' Affairs Committees. He also serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities, where he has focused on legislation to remove barriers to employment.
Outside of his work on the Assembly, Chris serves as a Director of the Bedford Village Lion’s Club, Co-Chairman of the Woodlands Commission of St. Matthew’s Church; and is an Emeritus Member of the Board of Directors of Katonah Museum of Art.
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 was on the Executive Committee of the East of Hudson Watershed Corporation; Vice President of the Northern Westchester Watershed Committee; and chaired the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Energy Improvement Corporation.
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 37 years. They have three adult children and two adorable granddaughters.
Before becoming town supervisor, Chris served as an attorney at Stewart Title Insurance Company of New York, where he was Chief Underwriting Counsel.