CLAIRE COUSIN

2024 CANDIDATE FOR NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY - DISTRICT 106

Claire is running to give Columbia and Dutchess Counties their first chance to decide what kind of Democrat they want representing them in Albany.

Claire grew up in a working-class family just outside Hudson. When Claire was seventeen, she dropped out of high school and became a single mom. To put food on the table for her new family, Claire worked countless odd jobs serving her neighbors: Afterschool programs, home healthcare, domestic violence services, and more. She was able to beat the odds and earn her GED just two months after dropping out.

She’s put in the work and gotten things done for her community. In Hudson, Claire ran summer children’s workshops as part of the Kite’s Nest Social Justice Leadership Academy and started her own weekly youth program called Space 101. She also worked to keep children in our communities by winning local juvenile justice reforms and creating alternatives to incarceration for youth. And in 2020, Claire helped transition the Center into the Hudson/Catskill Housing Coalition, serving as its executive director to advocate for housing for all.

Claire is serving her second term in the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, as the first Black woman elected to the body. She’s helped secure $250,000 for affordable housing and passed a bipartisan criminal justice resolution.

Whether it’s in her day job, her community organizing, or her role as a local elected official, Claire has always put community first.