Simcha Eichenstein

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Simcha Eichenstein
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 48th district
Assumed office
January 2, 2019
Preceded byDov Hikind
Personal details
Born (1983-08-06) August 6, 1983 (age 36)
Brooklyn, New York City
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceBrooklyn, New York City

Simcha Eichenstein is an American politician from New York. He is a member of the New York State Assembly.

Early life[edit]

Simcha Eichenstein was born in August 1983 to a rabbi from a prominent Bobover rabbinical family in Borough Park, Brooklyn, where he grew up and attended yeshivas.[1][2][3]

In July, 2011, Eichenstein, by then a known political operative, was at the front lines of the search for the suspect in the murder of Leiby Kletzky. His wife helped to identify Levi Aron through her job as a receptionist at the dentist's office that Aron was a patron of.[4]

Political career[edit]

Eichenstein started his career as an aide to political consultant Ezra Friedlander.[5] From 2011 till 2015, Eichenstein was the senior adviser to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.[1][6] Following this he was director of political and governmental services to the Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio.[7]

On April 26, 2018, Eichenstein announced his candidacy for the open New York State Assembly District 48 seat, covering most of Borough Park and part of Midwood, Brooklyn, being vacated by Dov Hikind.[1] He won the seat unopposed in the general election, becoming the first Hasidic lawmaker from Brooklyn elected to any level of government. As Hikind's handpicked successor, Eichenstein was considered to be the front-runner in the race, running unopposed as the Democratic candidate in the primary election in September 2018.[3] His candidacy was supported by Rebbes of various Hasidic sects, including Bobov, Satmar, Ger and Belz.[8]

Eichenstein seeks to dispel any preconceived notions people may have about the Hasidim, their way of life and the yeshiva system and strongly opposes government mandating secular education in Hasidic schools.[3][9]


Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie appointed Eichenstein to serve on a number of committees, including Aging, Cities, Housing, Real Property Taxation and Social Services.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Eichenstein is married, and the father of four children. He is a lifelong resident of Borough Park.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Donn, Yochonon (April 26, 2018) "Simcha Eichenstein Declares Candidacy for Brooklyn Assembly Seat", Hamodia
  2. ^ (May 2, 2018) "Eichenstein Announces Candidacy In Expected Cakewalk", Kings County Politics
  3. ^ a b c d Witt, Stephen (August 20, 2018) "Simcha Eichenstein: Boro Park’s Changing Of The Political Guard", Kings County Politics
  4. ^ Shaer, Matthew (December 4, 2011) "A Monster Among the 'Frum'", New York Magazine. "[Simcha] Eichenstein’s wife, Herbst knew, worked for Sorscher as a receptionist. Elbowing Bernstein out of the way, Herbst uploaded a clip of the bearded man and sent it to Eichenstein. Eichenstein sent it to his wife, at home with her small children. “Of course,” she told her husband. She couldn’t remember the man’s name, but she was sure she had seen him. “He came in to pay a bill. He was the last one in the office."
  5. ^ "NY Political Activists Meet With Dem VP Candidate | Jewish News | Israel News | Israel Politics". VIN. 2008-09-25. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  6. ^ Berger, Joseph (September 13, 2014) "Are Liberal Jewish Voters a Thing of the Past?", New York Times. "Simcha Eichenstein, a Hasid regarded as a political wunderkind, is the senior adviser to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli."
  7. ^ "De Blasio Campaigns with Eichenstein in Boro Park". Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  8. ^ "Six of Boro Park's Largest Kehillos Endorse Simcha Eichenstein | Jewish News | Israel News | Israel Politics". Hamodia. 2018-05-15. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  9. ^ "Interview with Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein". Yeshiva World News. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  10. ^ "Assembly Member Simcha Eichenstein Appointed to Prominent Committee Assignments". BoroPark24. 7 January 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Dov Hikind
New York State Assembly
48th District