After Hikind: a New Assemblymember in Boro Park

Simcha Eichenstein (Photo by Stephen Witt via Kings County Politics)

Kings County Politics‘ Stephen Witt accompanies Simcha Eichenstein on a walk around Borough Park, the heavily Orthodox Jewish neighborhood Eichenstein grew up in and which he seeks to represent as the 48th District Assemblymember. Don Hikind, who currently holds the seat, is retiring after more than three decades in office and supports Eichenstein. The 35-year-old faces no opponent in the Sept. 13 primary but may in the general election – still, he is expected to win in November.

Writes Witt, “He wants to help dispel any preconceived stereotypes the secular community may have towards this insular community.”

“I’m not here to sell my future constituents a bag of goods. Here’s what I’m here for. We as a community have been under attack. We are often viewed with suspicion. There are those that don’t begin to understand our lifestyle. I believe we need to hit a rest button,” said Eichenstein.

The candidate served as a senior advisor to State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and a member of the de Blasio administration’s intergovernmental team for several years. He says his yeshiva education “is what prepared me for my professional life.” With the education system making headlines recently, Eichenstein speaks passionately about his support of yeshivas and the “smear mongering campaign of the yeshiva and broader Hasidic community.”

Go to Kings County Politics to read more from Eichenstein on the issue and what he said about finding common ground among different communities.

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