Dorothy is a proven community leader bringing independence, creativity, and values, to fighting for social, educational, and environmental programs.

Prior to moving to Amherst in 2010, Dorothy has founded and run programs for seniors and youth, fought for women’s rights, strengthened community through art and health fairs, and worked for clean air in Western Queens, NY. With degrees in theatre she performed in Shakespeare festivals and off-off Broadway, then many years later, returned to the stage to play major roles in two productions at Holyoke Community College.

Over 40 years of teaching, Dorothy has worked with students from East Harlem and Grenada, Mississippi, then taught for many years at Maria de Hostos Community College in the South Bronx, part-time in the Columbia University American Language Program, and since 2010, has taught courses in English, communications, and theatre at Holyoke Community College. She won 4 elections for party office in Western Queens.  Dorothy is a devoted mother and grandmother.

She served in the last Amherst town meeting, and in 2018 was elected to the Amherst Town Council where she serves on the Finance Committee and the Community Resource Committee (CRC).

Dorothy will continue to be an independent voice with integrity and common sense, to listen to and represent you on the Town Council. Her vision is to increase attainable and affordable rental and homeownership opportunities for families, young workers, and senior citizens; to protect and create diverse neighborhoods and village centers; to support responsible, affordable plans for all four new net zero public Buildings: the new elementary school, DPW, the Fire Station and the renovated Jones Library, with maintenance funds to prevent future neglect; to re-vision delivery of Public Safety and Social Services with creative citizen/town led programs; to support a meaningful reparations program; to protect  our water system, agricultural and conservation lands; and to increase renewable and sustainable energy sources.



AMHERST (2010—present)

  • Town Meeting member, 2018
  • Amherst Woman’s Club — Ways and Means, Program,
  • House Restoration, 125 Anniversary committees
  • Ko Festival – marketing
  • Host, Democratic state candidates “meet and greets.”


  • President, Norfolk Library Associates which ran educational and social programs raising approximately $40,000 annually
  • Board Member: Norfolk Historical Society; Winsted Health Center


  • President: Parent-Teachers Association, Schreiber High School
  • Board Member: Port Washington Children’s Center


  • Director: Sunnyside Intergenerational Services – founder of program to serve seniors with teen-age volunteers.
  • Friends of A-Way-Out – support group for adolescent drug abuse prevention program
  • Director: Ridgewood Older Adult Center – nutritional/recreational/educational programs.
  • Sanitation and Resource Recovery Specialist, Manhattan Borough President’s Office – planned and coordinated conference, directed a borough-wide clean up.
  • Founder: Queens Clean Air Coalition, working against smoke emissions from
    apartment houses and Con Ed smokestacks.
  • Organized a community Health Fair and four Arts Fairs in Sunnyside, Queens.
  • Executive Assistant to NYS Assemblyman Clifford Wilson–managed district office/constituent service center.
  • Member Community Planning Board #2, NYC
  • Elected: Democratic State Committeewoman 1976, 1978
  • Democratic District Leader 1980, 1982
  • Delegate to Democratic National Convention 1984.