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Simcha Eichenstein

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Simcha Eichenstein (born 1982 or 1983) is an American politician from New York. He is the first Hasidic Jew to seek statewide office in the United States.

Early life[edit]

Simcha Eichenstein was born in 1982 or 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 well 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]

From 2011 till 2015, Eichenstein was the senior adviser to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.[1][5] Following this he was director of political and governmental services to the Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio.[6]

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 is the first Hasidic Jew to seek statewide office in the United States.[1][7] As Hikind's handpicked successor, Eichenstein is considered to be the front-runner in the race, running unopposed in the Democratic primary taking place in September, 2018.[8] He may have an opponent in the general election taking place on November 6th.[3] His candidacy is supported by Rebbes of various Hasidic sects, including Bobov, Satmar, Ger and Belz.[8] His campaign spokesman is Yehuda Meth.[6]

Eichenstein seeks to dispel any preconceived notions people may have about the Hasidim, their way of life and the yeshiva system.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Eichenstein is married, and the father of four children. He lives in Borough Park.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 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. 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."
  6. 6.0 6.1 Blau, Reuven (May 16, 2018) "Treasurer for Brooklyn Assemblyman Hopeful’s Campaign Steps Down Amid Child Rape Accusations", New York Daily News
  7. Levin, Yehuda (May 17, 2018) "How Will You Vote, Simcha Eichenstein? For Torah? Or Against It?", Jewish Press. "Doing so would greatly reduce the chances of the first chassidic-garbed Jew in the country to hold a statewide office causing a chillul Hashem."
  8. 8.0 8.1 Blau, Reuven (May 15, 2018) "EXCLUSIVE: Shomrim Patrol Chief Accused of Raping Teen Linked to Brooklyn Pol", New York Daily News

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