Orange County Legislator (D)
Jeff Berkman, 20th District.
Jeffrey Berkman has
lived in Middletown all his life, and has a lifelong passion for
Orange County. "I believe in this place," he says. "It's
Jeff Berkman lives with his wife and daughter in Middletown. They
enjoy traveling, especially visiting historical sites, and spending
time with friends and family.
Jeff Berkman is currently the Democratic Caucus leader for
2009. He has an extensive background in public service. For the
past twelve years, while running his own Orange County-based real
estate management firm, Berkman has been a college instructor, a
library trustee and is currently an Orange County legislator. His
concerns are your concerns, because his home is here.
In November 1997 he was
elected to the Orange County Legislature to represent the 20th District
(Middletown and Wallkill). The district is comprised of all of the
2nd, and most of the 1st, 3rd, and 4th ward.
He serves on three statutory committees and two appointed committees:
- Rules, Enactments, and Intergovernmental Relations
Committee has jurisdiction over county resolutions involving
Orange County's relationship with other branches of government.
- Physical Services
Additionally Jeffrey Berkman
serves on the Off Track Betting Committee and the
Foreign Trade Zone Committee. Jeffrey was formely
on the Electrical Licensing Study Committee.
Berkman is the first Democrat to be elected to the 20th
District since the Orange County Legislature was established in
1968. In addition to the Democratic party's endorsement,
he gained the endorsement of the Conservative Party.
Prior to serving in the county legislature, Berkman was Legislative
Director for Assemblyman Jake Gunther. He was directly involved
in writing and guiding successful legislation concerning real property
tax reform. Two examples of this successful effort are the return
of the Bashakill Wetlands and Lake Superior Park to the local tax
rolls. New York State is now obligated to pay its fair share of
property taxes to the local governments. Berkman was responsible
for many other important issues of concern such as public library
improvements and topics of the Asseemblyman's legislative agenda.
Berkman's start in public service centered on library issues. He
was elected to serve on the Middletown
Thrall Library Board of Trustees. He was president during the
planning and construction phase of our new public library at the
renovated and expanded Erie Railroad Station in downtown Middletown.
Additionally, he served as a trustee for the Southeastern
New York Library Resources Council and the Ramapo-Catskill
Library System. Berkman is also a founding member and past president
of the Friends of Thrall Library in Middletown.
For the past nine years,
Berkman has taught State and Local Government and other political
science courses for Orange County
Community College as an adjunct professor. He has also mentored
academic study groups in International Politics and Middle East
Politics for SUNY's
Empire State College and has participated in various academic
programs for other universities and educational programs. He has
traveled extensively and frequently provides commentaries for local
radio and cable TV programs. Jeff currently hosts the Wednesday
edition of the Round Table talk show on WTBQ, 1110AM.
Berkman serves as a trustee for the Middletown-Wallkill Historical
Precinct, which operates the Van Duzer House, a local museum that
has stewardship over many articles of historic significance to our
Jeff is the owner of JDB Management, Inc., a real estate management
firm operating in Middletown for properties located primarily in
the Orange County area.
His corporation primarily manages apartment rentals. Industrial
and commercial real estate is also an integral corporate concern.