New 27th District Assemblyman-elect Michael Simanowitz said Wednesday he was “gratified and humbled” by the strong voter support for his candidacy. He beat his Republican opponent, Marco DeSena, 76 to 24 percent, according to unofficial results from the Board of Elections.
The preliminary tally was 6,446 votes for Simanowitz and 2,023 for DeSena, 30, a communications consultant from College Point. It was the first political race for both.
The 27th District includes College Point and parts of Flushing, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens Hills, Briarwood, Kew Gardens and Richmond Hill. During the campaign, Simanowitz, 39, who lives in Electchester, called the district a very diverse area “but everyone wants the same thing: clean and safe streets and good schools.”
It is also a highly Democratic district, and Simanowitz had the added boost of having worked 14 years for his predecessor, Nettie Mayersohn, who retired in April after 28 years in office.
“I got great training from Nettie,” Simanowitz said. “The first thing I plan to do is get the constituent services running again.”
He said that Mayersohn did a fine job helping residents and he wants to emulate that. The Queens office will remain in the same location, 159-06 71 Ave. in Flushing. The phone number is (718) 969-1508.
Once in Albany, the new assemblyman wants to find ways to bring more businesses to New York and create jobs. He also favors more technology in the classroom and less graffiti on the street.
Simanowitz was born in Forest Hills, attended area yeshivas and went to Queens College. He worked for Touro Law School and College and the city’s Housing Preservation and Development Department before working for Mayersohn, eventually as chief of staff.
He has been active with the 107th Precinct auxiliary police since he was 15, rising to the rank of deputy inspector. He is also active in the youth department of his synagogue, Young Israel of Hillcrest.
Simanowitz and his wife, Jennifer, a speech teacher, have four children. “My family is over the moon about my victory,” he said. “They are very excited, but my wife will miss my help around the house when I’m in Albany.”