Michael Simanowitz was elected to the New York State Assembly from the 27th District in Queens County on September 13, 2011. The district is comprised of the communities of College Point, Whitestone, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens Hills, Electchester, Pomonok, Briarwood, Kew Gardens, and Richmond Hill. Prior to his election, Michael served as the Chief of Staff to Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn for over 15 years until her retirement. Michael was previously a Planner and Community Liaison at New York City Housing Preservation and Development where he worked on several major developments in Brooklyn including the completion of MetroTech Center and Atlantic Terminal. During his tenure with Mayersohn, Michael was involved in the drafting and passage of several important legislative initiatives, including strengthening drunk driving laws, protecting at-risk children and victims of rape. In addition, Simanowitz worked closely with Mayersohn and the New York State Department of Health in the development of a pilot program establishing stroke centers in Queens and Brooklyn. The success of the program compelled an expansion to 110 hospitals across the State. Michaelís involvement in the community has received numerous accolades from various community groups and civic organizations. He has been recognized by the Richmond Hill Block Association, The Queens Jewish Historical Society, The Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, and the 107 Precinct Community Council for his advocacy on behalf of their memberships. He was awarded the Community Service Award from the Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives for defending the religious freedoms of the Coptic Christian minority in Egypt who have endured relentless persecution from Islamist extremists. Simanowitz joined the 107 Precinct Auxiliary Unit in 1995, serving as its Commanding Officer for the last nine years. Michael was later promoted to Deputy Inspector, becoming one of the youngest members of the New York City Police Department Auxiliary Program to achieve that rank. Michael has been recognized by the NYPD for his volunteer efforts on and after September 11, 2001 and during the blackout of 2003. Since assuming office, Assemblyman Simanowitz has spearheaded a number of important legislative measures. In 2012, he succeeded in passing legislation requiring children under the age of 18 to receive written parental consent before obtaining a body piercing. The Assemblyman was compelled by hearing complaints from parents whose children received body piercings from studios that didnít properly sanitize their equipment. In 2013, the Assemblyman introduced legislation protecting residential property owners from being accessed sales tax on privately sponsored water and sewer line protection programs. The legislation was written after the Assemblyman spoke with several concerned homeowners who did not feel it was fair to pay a sales tax on a service that is essentially insurance. Assemblyman Simanowitz received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Queens College in 1993 and was educated at local parochial schools. He resides in Electchester Housing Cooperative with his wife, Jennifer, and four children. Assemblyman Simanowitz maintains a District Office at 159-06 71st Avenue, Flushing, NY 11365.