Chaim Deutsch

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Chaim Deutsch
Member of the New York City Council from the 48th District
Assumed office
January 1, 2014
Preceded byMichael Chaim Nelson
Personal details
Born (1969-04-15) April 15, 1969 (age 50)[1]
Long Beach, New York[1]
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Sara Deutsch
ChildrenRachelle, Sheva, Aaron, Rivka, Avrohom[1]
WebsiteOfficial website

Chaim Deutsch is the Council Member for the 48th District of the New York City Council, an office he first assumed in 2014. He is a Democrat. The district includes Brighton Beach, Gerritsen Beach, Gravesend, Manhattan Beach, Marine Park, Midwood, Plum Beach, and Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn.

Life and career[edit]

Deutsch grew up and lives in Brooklyn. His parents grew up in Romania, and were Holocaust survivors.[2] As a teenager, his father survived three concentration camps before coming to the United States, but never spoke about his experience.[3] Deutsch is an Orthodox Jew.[4]

Growing up, Deutsch lived in a small two-bedroom apartment as one of four boys. In between studying at yeshiva, Deutsch took up a number of jobs to support his family, such as making pizza in a kosher pizza shop.[5] He later worked in real estate management.[1]

Deutsch is a graduate of the NYPD Citizens Police Academy. In 1991, he founded the Flatbush Shomrim Safety Patrol. Following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Deutsch mobilized volunteers to evacuate residents and assist in the distribution of goods to people affected by the storm. Prior to being elected Councilman in 2013, he served as vice president and police liaison for the Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush (COJO),[6] was a constituent liaison for Councilman Lloyd Henry, and worked as Chief of Operations for Councilman Michael Nelson.

He married his wife Sara Deutsch at age 19, and has five children, as well as two grandchildren.[7] He speaks English, Yiddish, and Spanish.[8][1]

New York City Council[edit]

Deutsch was elected to the New York City Council on November 5, 2013, defeating Republican David Storobin. He succeeded Democrat Mike Nelson, who was term-limited.[9][10] In 2014 a new Council Subcommittee on Non-public Schools was created, and he was appointed its Chair and only member.[11]

In 2017, Deutsch won re-election, after defeating both an opponent in the Democratic primary and Steve Saperstein (Republican, Conservative, and Reform Parties) in the general election.[12][13][14][15] In January 2018 he was appointed Chair of the City Council’s Veterans Committee.[16] In February 2018 he was unanimously elected Chair of the City Council's 14-member Jewish Caucus.[17] In January 2019, his Holocaust Remembrance Bill passed the City Council, recognizing International Holocaust Remembrance Day in New York City on January 27, and declaring the entire week following as a citywide Holocaust Education Week.[18]

He views himself as a "conservative Democrat."[8] Deutsch's position has a term limit of two four-year terms.[8]

Election history
Location Year Election Results
NYC Council
District 48
2013 Democratic Primary √ Chaim M. Deutsch 34.76%
Ari Kagan 30.52%
Theresa R. Scavo 18.18%
Igor Oberman 14.02%
Natraj S. Bhushan 2.52%
NYC Council
District 48
2013 General √ Chaim M. Deutsch (D) 49.59%
David Storobin (R) 37.10%
Igor Oberman (Working Families) 4.45%
Alexander Lotovsky (Forward) .72%
Election history
Location Year Election Results
NYC Council
District 48
2017 Democratic Primary √ Chaim M. Deutsch 81.1%
Marat Filler 18.9%
NYC Council
District 48
2017 General √ Chaim M. Deutsch (D) 61.6%
Steve Saperstein (R) 38.4%


  1. ^ a b c d e "Meet the City Council's New Members: Chaim Deutsch". City and State. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Why Everyone Loves Councilman Chaim Deutsch". The Vues. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  3. ^ Tara Lynn Wagner. "BROOKLYN COMMUNITY HONORS HOLOCAUST VICTIMS WITH SURVIVORS". NY1. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Stephen Witt. "Deutsch Elected Chair of Council's Jewish Caucus". Kings County Politics. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Chaim Deutsch".
  7. ^ "Home". chaimdeutsch2017.
  8. ^ a b c The Vues Online | Why Everyone Loves Councilman Chaim Deutsch
  9. ^ "Chaim Deutsch Wins City Council Race in Brooklyn » - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry". 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
  10. ^ Klepfisz, Irena (June 27, 2018). "The Half-Life of Sexual Abuse in a Holocaust-Survivor Family". Tablet Magazine.
  11. ^ Orthodox Councilman To Chair New Subcommittee On Private Schools | Jewish Week
  12. ^ Kelly Mena. "Chaim Deutsch Cruises To Re-Election". Kings County Politics. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Election Results: 2017 NY and NJ General Elections". WNYC. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  14. ^ "2017 NYC Primary Elections Results". WNYC. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  15. ^ [2]
  16. ^ Treyger, Deutsch appointed to new leadership roles in City Council
  17. ^ [3]
  18. ^ [4]

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Nelson
New York City Council, 48th District