Well-regarded State Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz, a devoted father and longtime public servant, died Saturday after battling an undisclosed illness. He was 45.
The Queens native was first elected to state office in 2011, representing a wide area in the center of his home borough — including his old neighborhood of Forest Hills.
He had previously served for 15 years as chief of staff for Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn, and worked for the city Housing Preservation and Development department prior to that job.
Simanowitz was eulogized in The Yeshiva World as “a tremendous voice for the Jewish community,” and Gov. Cuomo issued a statement hailing his colleague.
The Democratic assemblyman “worked every day to make life better for his constituents and I join them and all New Yorkers in mourning his sudden passing,” said Cuomo.