My name is Sherita Traywick and I am running for the 56th Senate District of the NYS Senate. I am running to help provide a better future for the children and families of Upstate NY.
I was born and raised in Rochester, NY by my mother and stepdad on the SW side of the City. I am second generation Urban-Suburban and I graduated from Irondequoit Highschool. Growing up in Rochester and being bused to school I got to see first hand the haves and have nots. It helped me to appreciate the similarities in families regardless of economic status. I realized most families wanted the same things, to keep a roof over their children’s heads, food on the table, good education, gainful employment and to enjoy the spoils of their work whether this meant taking vacations out of the country every summer or packing up in your family van and driving down south to see our relatives.
After highschool I attended the State University of New York at Cortland College where I received my Bachelors Degree in Sociology-Criminology. It was at Cortland I discovered my love of law and advocacy for people. As a Senior I applied for a highly competitive internship with the New York State Assembly and was accepted. I interned in the office of Paul Harenberg a Democrat from Long Island. Here, I learned service to constituents, drafting legislation first hand and how the legislature works. Later I was hired by the office and continued to be a zealous advocate for the people we represented. I have also worked in many non-profit organizations helping to protect and preserve the rights of New Yorkers. However, to date, my most important lessons have been learned while serving the people of the 56th Senate District, 19 years ago as a Legislative Assistant to NYS Senator richard dollinger and now in my capacity as an elected Member of the Greece Central School Board.
With a desire to want to know more about the law and politics and how they intersected I applied and was accepted to Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, CT. While in law school I worked for multiple firms but felt advocacy was a better path than actual representation in the courtroom. This was solidified upon graduation and the difficulty I faced trying to pass the bar exam to practice. After multiple attempts I began helping pro se litigants complete government forms and representing clients in fair hearings and social security. It was also during that time that I realized that many people were having problems meeting basic needs, like buying hygeine products, school supplies, laundry detergent, etc so I leveraged my desire to help people and my ability to create strategic partnerships. So, I formed my own non-profit organization, Young & Gifted, Inc. As Executive Director it has afforded me the opportunity to mentor youth, develop youth empowerment programs, teach children to do charitable works in their communities, and connect families to much needed resources in the community.
During this time I accepted my first teaching job as an undergraduate Law Professor. Here, I am able to pursue my passion for the law and teaching. Currently, I teach Criminal Justice in the College of Liberal Arts at RIT. I am also a Member of the Board of Education in Greece and I serve as a Co-Chair of the Monroe County School Boards Association Legislative Committee. This position has afforded me the opportunity to travel to Albany to meet with our elected officials to advocate for our constituencies and develop relationships with our lawmakers.
Friends, never has it been more important to elect to the NYS Senate a person who can represent our voice; someone who has experience and will act in the best interest of “The People” of Upstate NY.