Jacqui was first elected to the Amherst town board in 2017 and was the top vote-getter that year. In 2020 she was selected to be Amherst Deputy Town Supervisor..
Jacqui is no stranger to serving the community. She’s spent her career as an educator, currently teaching at SUNY Empire State College, and a labor leader, locally and nationally, through her work with NYSUT. Berger has a master’s degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from Tulane University. She’s a lifelong advocate for individuals with special needs, running the Challenger Baseball program for children and adults with disabilities since 1991. In 2019, Empire State College awarded Berger the Altes Prize for Exemplary Community Service.
Jacqui believes she has the qualifications and ability to bring representation to the 61st Senate seat that encompasses parts of Erie, Monroe, and Genesee counties. She promises to utilize her position in the Democratic Senate majority to bring attention and resources to the district, and work with local municipalities to assess their needs. She cites the need for updated resources in school districts, and improvements to aging infrastructure throughout the district as major proponents of her campaign.
In her role as a town board member, Berger works directly with New York State to secure funding for projects throughout Amherst. Recently, she aided efforts to secure $783,000 for the Sattler Dellwood Park Green Infrastructure and Storm Water Project. Amherst will use the funds from this Green Innovation Grant Program to construct a bio-retention area, porous roller hockey rink and a porous parking lot.
Berger is a resident of Amherst, where she’s lived with her family for the past 32 years. In addition to her work in the town and with labor, she serves on the Erie County Opioid Epidemic Task Force, Amherst Task Force for Health Community, Healthy Youth and UB Wellness Task Force.