Susan Gerry '92

Susan Gerry

Shortly after graduation from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1992, Susan Gerry moved to New York to work as a county attorney for the County of Westchester.  In Westchester, she worked on implementing a sewer remediation program for the Long Island Sound. Gerry drafted local legislation for countywide regulation of the solid waste hauling industry, including the creation of a local regulatory commission and the structuring of licensing categories and all phases of its implementation. 

Gerry later worked for the CUOMO 2010, Andrew Cuomo for Governor Campaign where she researched and wrote campaign policy positions in the areas of Affordable Housing and Community Development, Education and Literacy, and Health Care Access, among others. 

From 2012 to 2017, Gerry was the Deputy Mayor for the City of Yonkers.  As Deputy Mayor, Gerry was the Chief Operating Officer for the City of Yonkers government, the fourth largest city in New York, with an annual operating budget in excess of $500 million and a 1,800-member workforce. She was charged with managing and overseeing the City’s major policy initiatives, economic development, the consolidated administrative functions of the City and Yonkers Public School system, policy, capital programming, and labor relations. 

Gerry also spearheaded the City of Yonkers-Yonkers Board of Education Consolidation Program, a first-of-its-kind, large-scale merger of the administrative operations of two distinct municipal entities. She led the City’s advocacy with New York State and local officials to achieve state and local legislative approvals; wrote and implemented the Inter-municipal agreement which merged five non-academic, administrative departments of the Yonkers Board of Education  (Finance and Budget, Legal, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Public Information) into the City of Yonkers government; achieved the transfer of 52 employees to the City government, including the completion of desk audits, title adjustments, changes to labor affiliations and co-location of newly consolidated departments; and permanently assumed $9 million worth of administration functions into the City government.

Gerry currently sits on the boards for the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency and the Yonkers Economic Development Corporation and is an Executive Committee member for the Westchester Municipal Officials Association.