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Harriet Cornell

Harriet Cornell


205 Parrott Road
West Nyack, NY 10994
Tel: (914) 634-3304
Fax: (914) 634-0413


  • Rockland County (NY) Legislator since 1984
  • Chair, Multi-Services Committee
  • Chair, Legislature's Special Committee on Women's Issues (1984 to 1996); Co-Chair, 1996 to present
  • Chair, Transportation Committee
  • Chair, Arts, Culture & Tourism Committee
  • Vice-Chair, Computer Conversion/Y2K Committee
  • Vice-Chair, Special Committee on Utility Regulations
  • Liaison, Rockland County Fire Advisory Board
  • Past: Vice-Chair, Government Operations, Solid Waste Authority; Rules Committee; Budget & Finance Committee; Hudson Valley Economic Development District
  • Member, Hudson Valley Greenway Conservancy


Married to Martin Cornell, a lawyer. They reside in West Nyack, NY.
Four children: Valerie, Keith, Kendall and Alison
Two grandsons: Robin and Skyler
Mother, Judith Donow


  • Chair, Rockland County Schools of the 21st Century/Collaborative for Children and Youth
  • President, Board of Directors, Computer and Telecommunications Initiative of Rockland, Inc. (CATI), a not-for-profit public service entity.
  • Chair, STOP F.E.A.R. Coalition to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault
  • Co-Chair, Rockland County Breast Cancer Task Force
  • Board Member: Rockland Center for the Arts
  • Advisory Council Member: CANDLE; Historical Society of Rockland; Rockland Council for Young Children; Rockland Youth Dance Ensemble; Theodora's Fund
  • Member: Mental Health Association; Rockland Family Shelter; Volunteer Counseling Services; Rockland County Conservation Association; Center for Holocaust Studies; NAACP, (Nyack and Spring Valley branches); Clarkstown Safe Schools Task Force; Rockland Parent-Child Center; Hopper House; Friends of the Nyacks; Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Policy Chair, New York State Democratic Committee
  • Chair, Rockland County Democratic Committee (1972-78)


Swarthmore College, B.A.
N.Y.U. Wagner School of Public Policy, M.P.A.


  • Initiated more than 50 public hearings on housing, education, drugs and alcohol, child care, access to health care, use of tobacco settlement funds, hunger in Rockland, AIDS and the environment. Laid groundwork for creation of the HIV/AIDS Coalition of Rockland, now called CAIR; the Rockland County Child Care Coalition; the STOP F.E.A.R. Task Force against Domestic Violence; and the Rockland Housing Action Coalition. Created 20-point Legislative Action Plan for children and youth-at-risk, presently being implemented.
  • Co-sponsored the county's recycling program; led the effort to ban pesticides from use by county government by establishing integrated pest management techniques; sponsored legislation which put Rockland County on Record as supporting public acquisition of Sterling Forest; sponsored greenspace/open space legislation.
  • Sponsored legislation for Rockland County Police Academy; mobile data terminals in police cars; doubling size of Narcotics Task Force
  • Initiated and co-sponsored the County's unique Percent for Art Law which is designed to make art accessible to the public. Provided leadership in focusing attention on the use of arts to help children and youth which resulted in a number of programs, including the Rockland Theater Arts Development Group and Teen Theater.
  • Founded 21st Century Schools in Rockland designed to meet family needs and enhance learning. Family Resource Centers established in schools, including Clarkstown and Nyack.
  • Participated in President's Initiative on Race/One America Conversations.

Honors and Awards:

  • Rockland Economic Development Corporation Award for "exceptional efforts to foster a healthy economy in Rockland County". (1999)
  • The Good Housekeeping/Ford Foundation Award for Women in Government for her "extraordinary efforts which demonstrate how government can directly improve people's lives" (1998)
  • Yale University Public Service Award for "exemplary leadership in Rockland County School of the 21st Century initiative, the first county-wide effort in the United States to implement 21C early care and family support services in the schools" (1998)
  • New York-New Jersey Trail Conference 1999 Major Trail Partner Award in recognition of "outstanding contributions to the development and protection of the Long Path in Rockland County and for protecting Sterling Forest"
  • Martin Luther King Center Award for exemplifying ideals of Rev. Dr. King
  • Rockland Council for Young Children Award for commitment to the care and education of young children
  • YAI/RCALD 1997 Humanitarian Award for distinguished leadership in advocating for the rights of people with special needs.
  • Early Childhood Consortium Government Leadership Award
  • Rockland County Women's Bar Association Leadership Award
  • Elmwood Playhouse Award for Contributions to Theatre and the Arts
  • Rockland County Women's Network "In Celebration of Leadership" Award
  • County Executive Arts Award for support and advocacy for the arts
  • NAMI-FAMILYA Award for helping improve lives of the mentally ill
  • Long Island University "University Recognition Award for Outstanding Service to the Community"
  • Rockland County Girl Scout Council Public Service Award
  • Chamber of Commerce of the Nyacks for dedicated service to the arts community

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