HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Suffolk lawmakers on April 28 unanimously approved the appointment of a new clerk of the county legislature. Amy Ellis, a native of Mt. Sinai, steps into the role after serving as the legislature’s chief deputy clerk since 2016.
Ellis is the first woman to serve in the clerk role since 1995. She replaces Jason Richberg, who in March resigned from the clerk position after winning a special election to become legislator for Suffolk County’s 15th legislative district.
“Amy has been such an asset to the legislature during her many years with us, and she has stepped up in a big way over the last six weeks as we adapt to a new way of governing during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer Rob Calarco. “She has been instrumental in planning how the legislature can hold meetings remotely, setting up practices to allow for e-filing of legislation, developing new ways to accept public testimony, and being a constant for legislative staff. We are excited to have her at the helm of the clerk’s office where she will continue her dedication to transparency and public access.”
The clerk of the Suffolk County Legislature is responsible for keeping and maintaining records and facilitating public access to information and documents. In her role as chief deputy clerk, Ellis was pivotal in developing the legislature’s Page Program, approaching its sixth year this summer. Prior to joining the clerk’s office, she was the chief legislative aide for 6th District Legislator Sarah Anker, whom she had worked for since 2011 after graduating from Stony Brook University, from which she later earned a Master in Higher Education Administration degree.
“I am truly humbled to be named clerk of the legislature to further the important work of this office,” Ellis said. “I have learned so much working with Jason Richberg and I am proud to follow in his footsteps. Local government is where so many decisions affecting people’s daily lives are made, and it is an honor to be a part of it continuing my work as a public servant.”
Giving back has always been important to Ellis. She once visited Kenya to work in an orphanage operated by a Port Jefferson nonprofit, and she created a yoga program for inmates at the Riverhead Correctional Facility.
“Amy is a quiet warrior,” said now-Legislator Richberg. “She was both my right and left hand in the clerk’s office, and I can say with absolute confidence that there is no person more suited for this role than Amy Ellis. She brings to the role a dedication to democracy that we need.”
Caption for above photo: Mt. Sinai native Amy Ellis has been appointed to serve as the new clerk of the Suffolk County Legislature. She has been chief deputy clerk since 2016.