Steve Steve Stern is proud to have been elected to serve his sixth term as our Suffolk County Legislator representing the 16th Legislative District. Legislator Stern serves as Chairman of the Veterans Committee, which he has been proud to chair since taking office in 2006. He also serves as Vice-Chairman of both the Economic Development Committee and the Seniors and Consumer Protection Committee. Additionally, he serves on the Budget & Finance Committee, the Parks and Recreation Committee and the Public Works, Transportation & Energy Committee.
In addition to representing our community with distinction and commitment to providing outstanding constituent services, Legislator Stern has also authored several legislative initiatives that have been the very first in New York and even first in the nation.
Housing Our Homeless Heroes Act
Legislator Stern strongly believes that when a soldier goes off to protect the ground we stand on, it is unacceptable that he or she should have to come home to sleep on it. He recently introduced and passed the “Housing Our Homeless Heroes Act,” an important legislative initiative to end veterans’ homelessness to ensure that our veterans and their families have a place to call home.
The Legislator also created the “First in New York State” “Silver Alert” system, which like an “Amber Alert” assists in the safe return of our loved ones with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders and has now been expanded by the Suffolk County Police Department to include those with special needs, such as autism, developmental disabilities and severe mental illness.
Protect Our Fallen Heroes Act
Legislator Stern is the author of the “Protect Our Fallen Heroes Act” which protects military funerals from reprehensible and disrespectful protests upon families grieving the loss of their loved ones to ensure respect for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation.
Toxin-Free Toddlers and Babies Act
Legislator Stern sponsored the “Toxin-Free Toddlers and Babies Act,” landmark “First in the Nation” legislation to prohibit the sale of baby bottles and toddler cups containing the hazardous chemical BPA.
Shed the Meds
He has also authored successful legislation to strengthen penalties against illegal dumping and created the “Shed the Meds” pharmaceutical collection program to protect our environment, our drinking water and our young people.
Education & Experience
Prior to his election, he assisted in coordinating Congressional hearings for the U.S House Select Committee on Aging, focusing on issues of elder abuse, long-term care and health and legal services for Long Island’s senior citizens. He graduated from Tulane University and received his law degree from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, graduating Cum Laude. He is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), awarded through the National Elder Law Foundation and is admitted to practice law in New York and Florida. He was also recently elected a Fellow of The New York Bar Foundation.
In addition, he has served as adjunct Professor of Law at Touro School of Law, is a past trustee of the Multiple Sclerosis Society-Long Island Chapter and a past Vice-President of the Suffolk Y-JCC. He has been featured in Newsday, the New York Times and has been named one of Long Island’s Top rising leaders under the age of 40 by the Long Island Business News. In addition, Legislator Stern is proud to have been chosen as “Man of the Year” in Government by the Times of Huntington.