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Orange County Legislature

District 7 - Myrna K. Kemnitz



Representing the Village of Monroe and the Town of MonroeRepresenting the Village of Monroe and the Town of Monroe

Personal: (Pedigree)

  • Born in Brooklyn, NY. Grew up in Queens, NY. Lives in Monroe, NY.
  • Queens College, BA; NYU Graduate School of Arts & Science, MA; Queens College Graduate School, PD; St. John’s University Graduate School (courses: School Law/Admin.); TC Columbia University (NYC model Literacy curriculum development); NYSAC Legislative Conference “Orientation for Newly Elected & Appointed County Officials
  • Married to Thomas for 29 years. Two children; two grandchildren
  • Licensed School District Administrator, New York State; Grant Writer Curriculum/Program developer; Author: Suppose The Wolf Were An Octopus, 4-book series of teacher guides for teaching literature to grades K-7
  • Author: Bully Frog, teacher material for anti-bullying series for early childhood education k-4
  • Author: forthcoming book on the History of Valley View Nursing Center (Title TBD) 

Business/Government Experience:

  • New York City Department of Education (22 years):
  • In-school leadership roles: School Leadership Team Co-chair; Mentor teacher; Literacy Coach; Comprehensive School Reform Coordinator/Design Coach; C-30Principal Selection Team 
  • District-wide supervisory/administrative roles: District Reading Program Coordinator for Intermediate and Junior High Schools; District Director (IA) Office of State and Federally Funded Programs; District Director ESAA (Emergency School Aid Act) Programs
  • Royal Fireworks Press (18 years): lead editor; speaker/panelist at educational conferences; manager of rights/permissions for foreign language, film and other media

Community Involvement: (Civic Boards, Veterans Associations)

  • Contributing grant writer fo the Town of Monroe Joint Fire District; Match-Partner, Cristina Foundation, computers for Title I children and families; Monroe Democratic Committee member; Board of Advisors of South Orange Family Y in Monroe; Recipient (with husband) of DeWitt Clinton Masonic Award for Community Service; Trustee, Monroe Free Library (past); Executive Board and Trustee, Museum Village (past)

Political Affiliation:

  • Democrat

Important Issues:

  • Fighting for Valley View Nursing Home to remain open
  • Opposing to building a new Orange County Government Center Building
  • Pushing for fiscal responsibility and accountability in Government
  • Prioritizing Jobs & Job Training/Sustainability, County Growth, Resources & County Budget & Our Taxes/Environment & Our Quality of Life/Seniors & Veterans

County Roles: (Chairs, Committees, Subcommittees, County Boards, Agencies)

  • Member, Human Services Committee
  • Member, Health and Mental Health Committee
  • Member, Rules, Enactments and Intergovernmental Relations Committee
  • Member, Orange County Economic Development and Gaming Committee
  • Member, Green Committee
  • Past Member, Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee
  • Past Member, Physical Services
  • Member, County Team, Legislative Representative
  • Appointee to HOME Advisory Committee, Orange County Community Development Program