"I am a mom, cancer survivor & commissioner of water who turned fear & frustration into action. I have spent the last decade fighting for our families and solving problems across all levels of government, regardless of party affiliation. It's time to send someone to Albany who fights for choice, our environment & to keep guns off our streets."
Amanda Field is a mom and problem solver, not a politician. She's spent her career building up organizations, managing teams, and growing businesses, and for the last six years she has fought for our public health by improving the Island's water quality.
Growing up in a close-knit community, Amanda learned the importance of hard work and community service at a young age. Her father was an entrepreneur and business owner and her mother worked in the Emergency Room during the height of the AIDS epidemic, and spent her free time volunteering to help homeless individuals. Above all else, Amanda’s parents taught her that the sky was the limit if you work hard and to always go above and beyond to help people who are struggling.
At the age of 13, Amanda started her career of hard work by starting her own business designing and selling clothing. She continued working through high school, working part time waitressing in a local restaurant as she deepened her passion for business and design. She pursued these passions at Syracuse University, where she earned a BFA in Communication Design while interning at Elle and Premiere magazines. Amanda then moved to Manhattan and began a successful career in the fashion industry.
In 1999, Amanda moved to Long Island and raised her son, Jacob, while working her way up the corporate ladder. Amanda was recognized for her approach to problem solving and management, and she became valued for her ability to restructure large companies. Throughout her career, Amanda helped several organizations expand their departments, often creating new jobs and growing businesses. She has used her expertise to organize workplaces, creating operational efficiencies and systems that companies could implement and expand on, allowing businesses to succeed.
But Amanda’s world changed when she was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 34. Desperate for information, she began looking into possible causes stemming from her environment. It wasn’t long until Amanda discovered that there was a history of pinhole leaks in the copper water pipes in her town, and that her family wasn’t the only one with questions. When Amanda and other mothers reached out to the water district for answers, the board of commissioners said that there was nothing that could be done. But Amanda knew she could do something. She reached out to experts, from the Stony Brook Center for Clean Water to the Flint whistleblower, Dr. Mark Edwards, and decided to run for the Commissioner of the Plainview Water District in 2016. With the support of local mothers and concerned families, she defeated an 18-year incumbent 2 to 1.
The day after Amanda was sworn in, she immediately got to work restructuring the District. She spent the next six years making it into one of the most responsive and successful water districts in the state, securing nearly $9 million in grant funding. Amanda worked with members of government across all levels and parties, from local offices to the Governor’s office. During her tenure, she built partnerships with the New York State DEC and Long Island public municipalities to establish protocols for monitoring wells. Amanda pushed legislators in Albany to secure never before seen statewide grant funding for emerging contaminants to protect public health, so taxpayers and their children don’t have to pay for the sins of the past.
Now Amanda is running for Assembly to continue her fight for Long Island families and get the results we need from Albany. Amanda’s experience in organizational management has influenced her approach to advocacy – she is proactive and fiscally responsible. Because she was elected to a position that was truly nonpartisan, Amanda was able to roll up her sleeves and get to work without having to worry about partisanship; and that is the same approach and experience she will bring to Albany. As a mother, Amanda understands that when it comes to public service, there is no time to put politics before people’s lives.