|Member of the New York State Assembly|
from the 48th district
|Assumed office |
January 2, 2019
|Preceded by||Dov Hikind|
|Born||August 6, 1983|
Brooklyn, New York City
|Residence||Brooklyn, New York City|
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.
Eichenstein started his career as an aide to political consultant Ezra Friedlander. From 2011 till 2015, Eichenstein was the senior adviser to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Following this he was director of political and governmental services to the Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio.
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. 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. His candidacy was supported by Rebbes of various Hasidic sects, including Bobov, Satmar, Ger and Belz.
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.
Eichenstein is married, and the father of four children. He is a lifelong resident of Borough Park.
- Donn, Yochonon (April 26, 2018) "Simcha Eichenstein Declares Candidacy for Brooklyn Assembly Seat", Hamodia
- (May 2, 2018) "Eichenstein Announces Candidacy In Expected Cakewalk", Kings County Politics
- Witt, Stephen (August 20, 2018) "Simcha Eichenstein: Boro Park’s Changing Of The Political Guard", Kings County Politics
- 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."
- "NY Political Activists Meet With Dem VP Candidate | Jewish News | Israel News | Israel Politics". VIN. 2008-09-25. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
- 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."
- "De Blasio Campaigns with Eichenstein in Boro Park". www.kingscountypolitics.com. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
- "Six of Boro Park's Largest Kehillos Endorse Simcha Eichenstein | Jewish News | Israel News | Israel Politics". Hamodia. 2018-05-15. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
- "Interview with Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein". Yeshiva World News. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
- "Assembly Member Simcha Eichenstein Appointed to Prominent Committee Assignments". BoroPark24. 7 January 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
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