As­sem­bly­man Michael Si­manowitz of Queens Passes Away at 45

The Jewish Voice - - NEW YORK - By: A7 Staff

New York State As­sem­bly­man Michael Si­manowitz of Queens passed away on Sat­ur­day at around 45 years of age, af­ter strug­gling with an ill­ness for sev­eral years.

Si­manowitz was known by his com­mu­nity as a pow­er­ful voice for the Jewish peo­ple.

“I’m still in shock learn­ing this ter­ri­bly sad news just af­ter Shab­bos,” said New York State As­sem­bly­man Dov Hikind told Yeshiva World News. “Michael was a friend and an out­stand­ing col­league; a proud Jew who loved his fam­ily, loved his com­mu­nity, and loved the Jewish peo­ple. He was as good as G-d makes peo­ple, a star, a real men­sch. I will miss him very much. May his fam­ily be com­forted with the other mourn­ers of Zion and Jerusalem.”

Chaskel Ben­nett, a mem­ber of Agu­dath Is­rael Board of Trustees told Yeshiva World News that he and Si­manowitz were child­hood friends, hav­ing at­tended Yeshiva Tiferes Moshe in Queens to­gether as ele­men­tary school stu­dents.

“Michael was al­ways a pro­tec­tor”, Ben­nett said. “He just had a nat­u­ral in­stinct to pro­tect the most vul­ner­a­ble among us. His pass­ing cre­ates a void that will be ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to fill. His voice, his tenac­ity and his will­ing­ness to stand up on be­half of our com­mu­nity and yeshiva chil­dren will be ex­traor­di­nar­ily hard to re­place. I am heart­bro­ken.”

US Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) to­day is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment about Si­manowitz. Meng's Con­gres­sional district en­com­passes most of Si­manowitz's As­sem­bly district .

"I am shocked and dev­as­tated over the sud­den pass­ing of As­sem­bly­man Mike Si­manowitz who was taken from us at such a young age.

“Mike was a ded­i­cated pub­lic ser­vant who worked tire­lessly to im­prove his com­mu­nity, both as an elected of­fi­cial and as a staff mem­ber to his pre­de­ces­sor. He was also a con­stituent and a great friend.

“But more im­por­tantly, Mike was a won­der­ful hu­man be­ing. He had a heart of gold and was among the warm­est, friendli­est and most downto-earth in­di­vid­u­als I have known.

“His pass­ing is a ter­ri­ble loss for me per­son­ally as well as for our bor­ough, city and state. I will miss him enor­mously.

“But his ser­vice and ad­vo­cacy will never be for­got­ten, and I will al­ways cherish the times we spent to­gether.

“At this dif­fi­cult time, I send my deep­est con­do­lences to Mike's wife and chil­dren, his par­ents, and all of his friends, col­leagues and con­stituents. I ask all New York­ers to keep Mike’s fam­ily in their thoughts and prayers."

Michael's par­ents are among the lead­ing sup­port­ers of com­mu­nity-build­ing in Judea and Sa­maria.

"Michael was a ris­ing leader, among those Jewish lead­ers trusted both in Is­rael and in the US. Great­ness has been lost to the Jewish peo­ple, the land of Is­rael, and the To­rah of Is­rael," said Yaakov "Ket­za­leh" Katz, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Arutz Sheva group.

New York State As­sem­bly­man Michael Si­manowitz of Queens passed away on Sat­ur­day at around 45 years of age, af­ter strug­gling with an ill­ness for sev­eral years. Si­manowitz was known by his com­mu­nity as a pow­er­ful voice for the Jewish peo­ple.

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