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Dov Hikind
Assembly District 48
 
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Dov Hikind

Assemblyman Dov Hikind has served the 48th Assembly District for more than two decades as an outspoken advocate for his constituency, battling discrimination, anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial, and human rights violations. In the 25 years of his tenure, Dov has committed himself to the immediate concerns of his constituency and is proudest of mediating, facilitating, and advocating on their behalf. Elected in 1982, Mr. Hikind has run unopposed since, honorably pursuing justice for his constituencies in Borough Park, Dyker Heights, sections of Flatbush, and beyond, frequently receiving calls for his leadership on issues which involve the greater Jewish community.

His parents, Frieda and Mayer Hikind, both Holocaust survivors, whose families were decimated by the Nazis, rebuilt their lives in the U.S. In their home, Dov learned the true value of justice and honor, the dignity inherent in every human being regardless of their station or position, and the inalienable significance of freedom.

In the early 1970s, Assemblyman Hikind was a leader in the movements to free Syrian and Soviet Jewry. Upon learning of President Ronald Reagan’s visit to the graves of Nazi war criminals, Mr. Hikind traveled to Bitburg, Germany to protest. When Kurt Waldheim’s Nazi affiliations were revealed, Mr. Hikind went to Austria to denounce his bid for the presidency. In the aftermath of the 1991 Crown Heights riots, Assemblyman Hikind joined with Jewish leaders and other elected officials to demand accountability for the riots and for an independent investigation into the murder of Australian-Jewish scholar Yankel Rosenbaum.

As the former chair of the Assembly's Subcommittee on Human Rights, Assemblyman Hikind published an in-depth study concerning the effects of the quota system and reverse discrimination on education, business and civil service.

In response to the train bombings in Madrid and London, Assemblyman Hikind provided an allocation of $1.2 million of his MTA capital reserve funds for the purchase and installation of 120 closed-circuit TVs (CCTVs) in nine subway stations on the N, D, and F lines. He continues to monitor safety concerns in the area to ensure the safety of New Yorkers.

Assemblyman Hikind blocked Time Inc. from publicizing the exploits of “Prussian Blue,” a teen music duo which glorifies Hitler and Nazis. Hikind exposed the secret deal with Teen People© magazine which would have avoided the use of the words “Nazi”, “hate”, and “White power” and would have lended credibility to the group, diluting their hate-filled messages. He also successfully pushed for a change in the uniform policy of the United States Coast Guard, which now permits members and auxiliarists to wear a yarmulke when in uniform.

Continued reports of New York being a major terror target, prompted Assemblyman Hikind to introduce terror profiling legislation which would authorize law enforcement officers in New York to consider race and ethnicity as one of the many factors which could be used in identifying potential terror suspects, invoking a compelling governmental interest to detect terrorists before they can launch an attack.

After discovering that Russian bookstores were stocked with virulently anti-Semitic tomes, some reiterating the infamous forgery “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” Dov succeeded in having the books pulled from shelves. More than 25 titles, promulgating Zionist conspiracies, Messianic crimes, some dating back to the Czarist Russia when Jews were held liable for conspiracies to kill the monarchy, were summarily tossed by booksellers.

With anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment rising to historically dangerous levels globally, Dov’s position on the front lines of advocacy on behalf of the State of Israel and the Jewish people of Israel is even more vital. Mr. Hikind led four separate delegations of elected officials and constituents to Israel in a show of support and solidarity for the residents of Gaza, on the eve of disengagement. During the Second Lebanon War, the Assemblyman led another mission of 20 community and business leaders to survey the katyusha-ravaged northern region of Israel, offering messages of prayer, support, and comfort to the 1.5 million Israeli citizens who were within target site range of rockets and missiles. Hikind presented Zaka’s first responders with 50 bulletproof vests and helmets, and delivered food and other provisions to residents evacuated to bunkers and bomb shelters, and learned firsthand how families were dealing with being under direct fire.

On a fact-finding mission to Israel, Dov met with leading professors, intellectuals and activists including: Nobel Prize Winner Robert Aumann and a host of others to discuss the threats to Israel and world Jewry. The consensus was that Israel and the Jewish world face an existential threat from a nuclear Iran. Recently, Hikind denounced Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as “the little Hitler” when the Iranian leader spoke at New York’s Columbia University.

When reports of a dangerous surge in anti-Semitic violence emerged from Europe, Dov traveled to Germany, France, Belgium, and England to be briefed by Jewish leaders and security experts on the disturbing trends in these countries. Most would flee their native or adopted countries if they could.

In the face of burgeoning world threats against the most vulnerable, Assemblyman Hikind emerges as a vigilant defender, protector, and leader.

Dov has been married to Shoshana for 30 years, and is the father of three grown children, Deena, Yoni and Shmuel.

 
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