Suzanne "Suzi" Oppenheimer (born December 13, 1934) is an American politician from New York, who served from 1985 to 2012 in the New York State Senate.


Oppenheimer was born on December 13, 1934, in New York City. She attended The Calhoun School in Manhattan. She graduated B.A. in economics from the Connecticut College for Women, and later earned a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. After receiving her degree, she worked on Wall Street as an industry analyst for L.F. Rothschild. She is married to Martin J. Oppenheimer, a partner in the law firm Proskauer Rose; the couple has four children.[citation needed]

She also entered politics as a Democrat, and was President of the Mamaroneck League of Women Voters, and President of the PTA of the Central School in Mamaroneck.[1] She served four terms as Mayor of the Village of Mamaroneck, as well as President of the Westchester Municipal Officials Association and President of the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation.

She was a member of the New York State Senate from 1985 to 2012, sitting in the 186th, 187th, 188th, 189th, 190th, 191st, 192nd, 193rd, 194th, 195th, 196th, 197th, 198th and 199th New York State Legislatures. Her district was numbered the 36th from January 1985 to 2002, and the 37th from 2003 to 2012. The district comprised a part of Westchester County.[1]

She is a staunch supporter of the national and New York teachers union locals, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and United Federation of Teachers (UFT), respectively, and an opponent of charter schools.[2][3]

On Monday, December 6, 2010, Bob Cohen conceded to Oppenheimer after a lengthy ballot recount.[4] She retired in 2012.


  1. ^ a b Q&A with State Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer”
  2. ^ "Charter critics flip", New York Post, May 20, 2009.
  3. ^ "Suzi's switch", New York Post, May 20, 2009.
  4. ^ "Oppenheimer victorious in state Senate race", at on December 7, 2010; accessed June 18, 2015.
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Joseph R. Pisani
New York State Senate
36th District

Succeeded by
Ruth Hassell-Thompson
Preceded by
Vincent Leibell
New York State Senate
37th District

Succeeded by
George Latimer
Political offices
Preceded by
Stephen M. Saland
New York State Senate
Chairwoman of the Committee on Education

Succeeded by
John J. Flanagan