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Assemblymember Monica Wallace was first elected to the New York State Assembly in 2016. As a private citizen and mother of two, she was frustrated and embarrassed at the lack for ethical representation that has plagued the 143rd Assembly District for years. Wallace’s two immediate predecessors in the 143rd District had ethics complaints filed against them by members of their staff and subsequently left office in disgrace.

In 2016, Wallace formed a grassroots team of neighbors, colleagues, and friends to launch a campaign focused on restoring ethical representation for Cheektowaga, Lancaster, and Depew in the state Assembly. Her message resonated with the voters of the 143rd Assembly District, who decidedly elected her to the office. Since being sworn in January 2017, Wallace has lead the charge in the Assembly to fund public education, support the middle class, and clean up corruption that has historically run rampant in state government. Wallace is running for re-election in 2018 to continue building on the accomplishments of her first term, which include:

  • Securing $1 million in 2017 to assist the Town of Cheektowaga’s ongoing Scajaquada Creek cleanup efforts •    
  • Passing a constitutional amendment to strip public officials found guilty of corruption of their taxpayer-funded pensions •    
  • Sponsoring legislation to assist veterans through awarding SUNY academic credits for training received while serving in the military •    
  • Securing $450,000 in additional state funding for Cheektowaga school districts in 2017 •    Introduced legislation to prohibit large severance packages for political appointees working at public authorities •    
  • Supporting volunteer firefighters in Depew by ensuring state funding to replace the department’s breathing equipment, saving village taxpayers $250,000 •    
  • Overhauling New York’s sexual harassment policies as a member of the Assembly Anti-Sexual Harassment Workgroup •    
  • Sponsoring legislation to protect consumer internet data from big corporations

Wallace resides in Lancaster with her husband, John, and their two children. In addition to being a University at Buffalo School of Law alumna, she served as a faculty member at the School of Law prior to her run for Assembly. She also served as a federal court confidential law clerk for 14 years. The 143rd Assembly District is comprised of the towns of Cheektowaga and Lancaster, and the villages of Depew, Lancaster, and Sloan