The Hon. Dr. Dorcey Applyrs has built a personal and professional life in the City of Albany devoted to improving the quality of life for residents in her community, Albany’s First Ward. The Washington, D.C., native tackles health disparity, environmental safety and other quality of life issues affecting her constituents with a persistence and passion that city leaders have come to recognize and depend upon. Applyrs was elected to the City of Albany Common Council in 2014 and re-elected in 2018.
Dr. Applyrs has been acknowledged for her strong leadership and commitment to advocating for others. She has been instrumental in the start-up of new economic development projects and growth happening in the City's First Ward and securing community benefits for her constituents. Dr. Applyrs took the lead on advocating for the inclusion of an affordable housing requirement in the City of Albany's rezone legislation. Applyrs has hosted several economic empowerment summits city-wide focused on empowering women to become entrepreneurs and leaders in their field. She was named 40 Under 40 by the Albany Business Review, Young Alumni of Excellence by UAlbany and 2017 Women and Girls Ambassador by Girls Inc. of the Capital Region. Dr. Applyrs has been featured on the cover of HerLife New York Magazine and honored by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand with the 2017 Off the Sidelines Equality Advocate Award.