Administrative History

Karen S. Burstein served as a New York State Senator from 1973 until her resignation in 1978. While in the Senate, Burstein served on a number of standing committees including Crime and Correction, Consumer Protection, Judiciary, and Social Services. She was the ranking minority member of the Standing Committee on Health. During her years in the Senate, she introduced or supported many bills relating to consumer protection, the rights of women and minorities, and legislative reform.

After resigning from the Senate, Burstein served five years as President of the Center for Women in Government. She was also a member of the State Public Service Commission (1978-1980) and for two years was Chair and Executive Director of the State Consumer Protection Board. In 1983, Burstein became President of the Civil Service Commission and Head of the Department of Civil Service.