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Shanae's Story

A Leader And A First For Many
A Servant Leader

Shanae is currently the youngest elected Councilmember in the City of Yonkers, NY

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A Proud Young Immigrant

Shanae is the first Jamaican-born American elected to the Yonkers City Council


Shanae earned a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Albany & Master of Business Administration  from Walden University in 2015.

Appointed to the Yonkers City Council on January 1, 2018 and subsequently elected to the Council in 2019, Shanae Williams proudly represents the First Council District in the City of Yonkers. Councilmember Williams holds a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Albany and holds the highest GPA Award for the Class of 2011 in the Department of Sociology. Williams interned and then served in the New York State Assembly. Upon graduating undergrad, she then worked full time at the Office of the Mayor in Yonkers, New York. Williams obtained her Master of Business Administration with a focus in Leadership from Walden University in 2015.

Born in Jamaica and immigrated to Yonkers as a child, Councilmember Williams is the younger of two siblings. She has a very large extended family, as her mother is one of 13 children, she is proud to have a very close knit, God-fearing family in Yonkers. Williams is a product of the NYS public school system having attended Dodson Elementary and Mark Twain Middle School in Yonkers, and Hastings High School in Hastings-on-Hudson. Williams has been a resident of the First Council District for over 20 years.

Williams is the City Council’s liaison for the Yonkers Human Rights Commission, a Yonkers Democratic Committee District Leader, a member of the Westchester Black Women Political Caucus, Hudson River Community Association, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Young Elected Officials Network, Aquehung Women’s Democratic Club, and the National Council of Negro Women. She is a former board member of the Municipal Housing Authority of the City of Yonkers and served as the liaison to Mayor Mike Spano’s African American Advisory Board. Williams is a board member of Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club/ Hudson River Riders, and an honorary board member of the Yonkers Downtown Business Improvement District and the YWCA of Yonkers.

Councilwoman Williams is the first Jamaican-born American elected to the Yonkers City Council and currently the youngest Councilmember in Yonkers. Williams chairs the Community and Mental Health Committee, Women and Children Committee, and is the former chair of the Legislation and Codes Committee.

Williams has been a leader in advocating for more affordable housing in Yonkers and a strong advocate for the homeless community in downtown Yonkers. Williams is passionate about serving her constituents and ensuring that the quality of life is improved by providing record numbers in funds for all students in the Yonkers Public School District, funds to repair the parks in her district and re-pave neglected streets, funds for various initiatives for the arts and programs to benefit the youth in the community amongst other things. Williams looks forward to continuing her work on behalf of the Yonkers community for years to come.

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