Valerie M. Cartright has spent her life in the community — as an award winning civil rights attorney, an educator, and an elected official.
She has a distinguished career and held the position of Senior Attorney at the Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington (the premier Civil Rights firm on Long Island) prior to taking office. She also serves as an Adjunct Instructor at St. Joseph’s College.
As Councilwoman, Cartright has a proven track record of legislative accomplishments that have improved our infrastructure, our environment, and economy. Cartright secured funding for her constituents and continues to create new opportunities to enhance their day to day quality of life.
Valerie M. Cartright began her first term as Councilwoman of Brookhaven Town’s Council District One in January, 2014. Cartright is currently serving her fourth term as Councilwoman.
Councilwoman Cartright continues to demonstrate a steadfast commitment to working across party lines, strengthen relationships between community and government, and brings a wide range of stakeholders together to develop innovative solutions to challenging and complex problems.
Councilwoman Valerie Cartright has worked diligently in the communities she represents to provide constituent services to address quality of life issues including those related to housing, crime and drug prevention, land use and planning, upgrades to parks and beaches, historic preservation, and water quality.
Education & Career
Valerie Cartright earned her Juris Doctorate from Touro College Jacob D. Fuschberg Law Center in Suffolk County. Cartright received her undergraduate degree in International Studies from West Virginia University. Cartright has earned numerous awards for academic excellence, and contributions and service to the law school and legal community.
Ms. Cartright has practiced law for over sixteen years, focusing her law career on the areas of civil rights and criminal defense.
Cartright shares her law experience in her role as an educator. She currently serves as an Adjunct Instructor at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue. She frequently accepts invitations to join panels, serve as a guest lecturer, and keynote speaker at various events throughout the community speaking to her career, professional experiences, and understanding of political and community issues.