About Ray

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     Ray Walter was first elected to the New York State Assembly on November 8, 2011 and re-elected in 2012 and 2014.  His district includes the Towns of Amherst and Pendleton and the Village of Williamsville.   

     As a practicing attorney focused on elder law and estate planning, Ray observes first hand how our high taxes hurt the most vulnerable members of our community and force the most successful to move out.  Ray’s goal has always been to work on behalf of his constituents to bring about necessary changes in government that will ensure future generations will have opportunities to raise their own families in Western New York.  He currently serves as the Ranking Minority Member of the Committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry, and on the Committees on Ways & Means, Health, Insurance, and Housing.   

     For nearly ten years, Ray built a successful career in the private sector before going back to school and pursuing a law degree at the University at Buffalo. During Ray’s time in law school he was very active, serving as a representative to the Student Bar Association, and as President of the local chapter of the Federalist Society.  Ray also clerked for the United States Attorney’s Office, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office and for an area law firm, after serving as a research assistant for the Erie County Charter Revision Commission.  He graduated magna cum laude, was admitted to practice, and has worked for Magavern Magavern Grimm LLP since 2007.  In 2009 Ray was appointed and later elected to the Erie County Legislature where he served until his election to the Assembly. 

     Ray is an active participant in numerous civic and charitable organizations.  Each year he sponsors Christmas in July to benefit Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, donating hundreds of toys to kids from across western New York who find themselves in the Hospital.  He is also a proud supporter of the Food Bank of Western New York, sponsoring and serving on the Walk Off Hunger Committee. Ray is also in his 8th year as a coach for Amherst Youth Basketball. He previously served as a board member for the Amherst Senior Citizens Foundation and on the Amherst Traffic Safety Board, the Erie County Cultural Resources Advisory Board, and the County Executive’s Council on Economic Development.   

     Ray and his wife, Jennifer, live in East Amherst with their two sons, Ray a Sophomore at Williamsville North HS and Jack a Third Grader at Dodge Elementary.

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