Steven M. Neuhaus
Orange County (NY) Executive
Steve Neuhaus is Orange County’s sixth County Executive since the office was established in 1970. As County Executive, Neuhaus has focused on revitalizing Orange County’s economic development, enhancing its public health and safety, improving its infrastructure and stabilizing its budget.
A life-long Orange County resident, and the son of immigrants, Neuhaus and his two sisters were raised on a working farm in Southern Orange County that is still operational today. He graduated from Monroe-Woodbury High School and took courses at SUNY Orange during his senior year. Neuhaus went on to receive a Bachelor Degree in History/Political Science from Mount Saint Mary College as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Marist College. He is also a graduate of Orange County’s Leadership Orange program.
Neuhaus is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves, currently assigned to a Naval Special Warfare team as Executive Officer. He has earned two warfare designations: Seabee Combat Warfare (SCW) Officer and Navy Expeditionary Supply Corps Officer (NESCO) and holds graduate certifications from the Naval War College in National Security Studies and the Joint Special Operations University. His overseas service includes Korea, Africa and throughout the Middle East including Iraq.
Neuhaus was sworn into office on January 1, 2014 after having served as the Town of Chester’s Supervisor for six years. He continues to be active in the community, serving in various volunteer organizations including: American Legion Post 1167, the Military Officers Association of America/Mid-Hudson Chapter, and the Fraternal Order of Police/Jason Conklin Lodge 957.
In addition, Neuhaus is a founding member and former chairman of the Families of War Veterans Committee, and is a supporter of the Hudson Valley Honor Flight. Prior to joining the Navy Reserves, he was an active member of the Lakeside Fire Department in Monroe. Neuhaus currently serves on the County Executives of America (CEA) Board of Directors.
Neuhaus lives in Chester with his wife and four children.