Joseph Meyers was born on July 11, 1961 at Long Island Jewish Hospital in Queens, New York, as one of a pair of identical twins to Claire and Sanford Meyers. (His brother Alan is 11 minutes younger)
Joe was raised in Floral Park, Queens where he attended public school through high school. In 1978 he graduated from Martin Van Buren High School in Bellrose, Queens, and at the age of 17, became the youngest citizen ever appointed to a New York City Planning Board, which oversees land use issues and provides community input to New York City government.
In 1982, Joe graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the State University of Binghamton with a bachelor's degree in political science. While an undergraduate, Joe served as a Political Science teaching assistant for a course on the American Presidency and Public Opinion Polling and taught an undergraduate mini-course on the Modern American Presidency.
Joe graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar with a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School in 1985. A practicing attorney since 1985, Joe concentrates his practice in real estate law. His practice is national in scope and is based in Manhattan.
Joe has been a resident of Airmont since 1998 with his wife, Carrie, and their three children: Sam, an Investment Banker, Laura, a college student and Isabella, who attends the Ramapo Central Schools. The Meyers Family belongs to Temple Beth El in Spring Valley.
Joe began his civic career in Airmont in 2001 when he helped form an ad hoc neighborhood group to successfully lobby the Village of Airmont Planning Board on a local issue.
In 2002, Joe was elected to the Airmont Village Board of Trustees and was re-elected in 2004.
While on the Airmont Village Board, Joe utilized his legal experience to address zoning, land use, and a wide variety of quality of life issues affecting residents of Airmont and the Town of Ramapo. Joe is an active supporter of Preserve Ramapo – a local, good government group seeking to change land use and other policies of our Ramapo Town Government. While a Trustee, Joe served on the Executive Board of The Ramapo Conference of Village Trustees. In 2007 Airmont Mayor Dennis Kay appointed Joe Deputy Mayor.
In 2007, Joe was elected to the Rockland County Legislature with over 68% of the vote and was re-elected in 2011 with 86% of the vote. Joe represents the 12th Legislative District, which includes Airmont, Hillburn, most of Suffern (including downtown Suffern, Bon Aire and Stonegate), and Ramapo.
Joe has served on the Board of Directors of the Lower Hudson Valley Challenger Center and has been a supporter of several local charitable organizations including The Reach Foundation, the Suffern D.A.R.E program, Helping Hands and The Martin Luther King Center.