Phillip Goldfeder was born and raised in Far Rockaway in a household that embodied the ideals of community involvement and public service. He received a degree in Political Science from Brooklyn College, where he was also an active participant in student affairs and government. Phil’s career in public service began as a community liaison for the New York City Council. His passion for community service, along with his unique ability to understand the needs in the neighborhoods of Queens, earned him a position as the Queens Director for the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit under Michael Bloomberg. His relationships with neighborhood civic and community leaders flourished and his ability to bring people together caught the attention of New York Senator Charles E. Schumer, who hired him as his Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. In September of 2011, Phil was elected to represent the 23rd District in the New York State Assembly, which encompasses Ozone Park, Howard Beach, Hamilton Beach, Lindenwood, Broad Channel and Rockaway. Since assuming office, Phil has made tremendous improvements in the lives of his constituents by successfully fighting to improve transportation, increase healthcare and create countless good paying jobs. Nearly 85% of Phil's district was severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy including his own home and office. He was on the forefront of relief efforts following the storm and continues to be a champion of the recovery. Phil has been hailed as the next generation of NYC political leaders in 2009. In 2012 was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 rising stars in New York State politics by City and State News. Phil currently lives in Far Rockaway with his wife Esther and their two children Eliana and Asher.