I was born in the former Soviet Union and came to the United States nearly twenty years ago. Ours is both the story of Jewish immigrants who came from the former Soviet Union during the second half of the twentieth century and the narrative of immigrants from all over the world who left everything behind to come and better themselves in the United States. We had nothing but the clothes on our backs and a dream that we would lead a better life in the United States.
I graduated Cum Laude from Touro College with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. Less than two years later, I received my Master's Degree in Urban Policy and Administration from Brooklyn College, while simultaneously continuing my studies in yeshiva and working as a Legislative Aid concentrating on education and transportation issues for my mentor, former New York State Senator, Seymour Lachman.
In 2004, I was chosen as the first and only Russian-born Community Board District Manager in New York City. I successfully led the community in its rezoning fight, which resulted in the preservation of commercial waterfront space, maintenance of the residential character of the neighborhood, and designated community-oriented commercial shopping strips in the area.
Additionally, I facilitated the renaming of the street in front of the Holocaust Park to "Heroes of World War II." As an Executive Director of a non-profit organization under the umbrella of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, I created partnerships with other social service and community organizations and obtained government funding to provide essential services for the needy. Additionally, throughout my career as a volunteer I have been involved with several other non-profit and community organizations. Now I am the executive at a healthcare facility where I direct the business office and community relations.
My interest in politics stems from my desire to do right by my community and family. My parents' sacrifice inspired me, and today, as a married father of five, I understand and am willing to do what it takes to make life better for everyone.
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