Dov Hikind
Assemblyman Dov Hikind has served the 48th Assembly District for more than three decades as an outspoken advocate for his constituency, battling discrimination, anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial, and human rights violations. Elected in 1982, Mr. Hikind honorably serves the residents of Borough Park and Midwood. For the last 32 years, he has committed himself to addressing the immediate concerns of his constituency and is proud to advocate on their behalf. Mr. Hikind also frequently receives calls for his leadership on issues which involve the greater Jewish community.

Dovís parents, Frieda and Mayer Hikind, both Holocaust survivors whose families were decimated by the Nazis, rebuilt their lives after the war in the United States. It was in their home that Dov learned the true meaning of public service.

A graduate of the City University of New York, Mr. Hikind completed his undergraduate studies at Queens College and also holds a Masterís degree in Urban Studies from Brooklyn College. He has been married to Shoshana for 37 years, and is the father of three grown children, and the grandfather of six.

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.

With anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment rising to historically dangerous levels globally, Dovís 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 five 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 Zakaís 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.

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.

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