Deborah was the first out lesbian elected to the New York legislature!
Deborah was elected as the first out LGBTQ member of NYS Legislature. Deborah received her MBA from Fordham University. Deborah’s Reproductive Health Act codified Roe v Wade in NYS law protecting abortion rights. She also passed a ban on Conversion Therapy. As chair of the Higher education committee, Deborah established the Foster Youth College Success Initiative. She also passed legislation to protect college students from sexual assault. Deborah also championed the creation of the Companion Animal Capital fund for matching funds for animal shelters.