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Brooklyn, NY - Chasidic Man Hopes To Make History As New Democratic District Leader

Published on: July 22, 2016 12:19 PM
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Brooklyn, NY - A Chasidic man from Borough Park is hoping to set two records as both the youngest and the first Chasidic man to be voted a Democratic district leader in Brooklyn.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind has served as district leader for the Democratic party in the 48th Assembly District for more than a decade but is choosing to pass the baton to his communications assistant, 22 year old David Schwartz.

Schwartz is the only Democratic candidate in the September 13th election, although he could potentially face a challenge from a write-in candidate.

“I’m busier than ever in my own office and I thought it was time to give the opportunity to someone young and aggressive,” Hikind told VIN News.  “Duvy is an extraordinary young man who is very active, very involved and is well known throughout the city.”

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Schwartz, who grew up in Williamsburg and attended the United Talmudic Academy in Kiryas Joel, said that he was always been drawn to politics.  At age 18 he became involved in his first political campaign, Lincoln Restler’s run for district leader in Williamsburg.  At the time, Restler was in his mid to late twenties, a fact that made an impression on Schwartz.

“When I helped him in the election, I was amazed that such a young person was running,” recalled Schwartz. “I never thought I would beat that age.”

Schwartz has been working in Hikind’s office for the past year and a half was recently married. He hopes to use his age to his advantage as the district’s Democratic district leader and would like to encourage the younger generation to become more active in the political process.

“People get so excited about Trump and Hillary but local elections are so important and have a major effect on people’s lives,” said Schwartz.  “I see how many young people are not even registered. I think it is time for everyone to get involved and see how they can make a difference.”

Democratic county leader Frank Seddio said that he looks forward to working with Schwartz in September.

“Passing this position on to the younger generation with vim, vigor and vitality is what makes us have a good, stable future,” said Seddio.  “Having David join us as a leader in Brooklyn will be a great pleasure.  He had a great mentor in Dov and will bring some new excitement to the district.”


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 Jul 22, 2016 at 02:24 PM Anonymous Says:

I hope he has a good communication skills. Most KJ graduates can't read English.

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 Jul 22, 2016 at 02:42 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

Hasidim creating a backroom deal with the corrupt Seddio, who would've thought?

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 Jul 22, 2016 at 03:01 PM Secular Says:

Does this guy have a high school diploma?
College degree?

...and he's expected to vett and endorse judicial candidates?

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 Jul 22, 2016 at 04:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

I hope he has a good communication skills. Most KJ graduates can't read English.

A good communication skills? First look after yourself .

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 Jul 22, 2016 at 04:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Secular Says:

Does this guy have a high school diploma?
College degree?

...and he's expected to vett and endorse judicial candidates?

Degrees don't buy brains...that should be clear by now

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 Jul 22, 2016 at 04:54 PM Benjey Says:

Don't pay attention to the negative comments. Kol Hakavod. You have a tremendous zechus working for the klal. HATZLACHA!

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 Jul 22, 2016 at 06:50 PM Frum, chasidic and proud MBA Says:

Reply to #3  
Secular Says:

Does this guy have a high school diploma?
College degree?

...and he's expected to vett and endorse judicial candidates?

Secular big shot, I'm sure you are a college grad maybe even post grad what are your achievements other then so proudly saying that you are ״secular" oh, by the way I went to UTA in Williamsburg and have a post graduate degree. Hold your sarcasm and don't be judging people.

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 Jul 22, 2016 at 09:02 PM Anonymous Says:

Please don't embarrass your fellow Yiddin. There's not a single KJ graduate who can read past 5th grade.

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 Jul 23, 2016 at 11:58 PM Anonymous Says:

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Frum, chasidic and proud MBA Says:

Secular big shot, I'm sure you are a college grad maybe even post grad what are your achievements other then so proudly saying that you are ״secular" oh, by the way I went to UTA in Williamsburg and have a post graduate degree. Hold your sarcasm and don't be judging people.

By the way an MBA is only worth the paper its written on. Unless you earned a prestigious bachelors or masters degree or you have an MBA from Warton school of business , there is nothing to be proud about MBA"s. People don't realize that MBA's are pretty much the biggest scams out there.
I am not here to knock chasidim. This guy may be very educated. But I am knocking your notion that because you have an MBA you are educated.

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 Jul 24, 2016 at 01:32 AM Anonymous Says:

Who are we kidding? Whether Schwartz knows English or not, is irrelevant. Dov will be his puppeteer.

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 Jul 24, 2016 at 08:57 AM Shimon Says:

Reply to #3  
Secular Says:

Does this guy have a high school diploma?
College degree?

...and he's expected to vett and endorse judicial candidates?

Hey, Obama graduated from Columbia and Harvard. So much seichel?

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 Jul 24, 2016 at 05:57 PM InsideOne Says:

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Shimon Says:

Hey, Obama graduated from Columbia and Harvard. So much seichel?

A whole lot more than you.

Or did I miss the best-selling Shimon books, the successful Shimon US Senate campaign, and the two-term Shimon presidency?

You're among those confused about the difference between disagreeing with someone and impugning their character, intelligence or abilities.

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 Jul 26, 2016 at 01:04 AM Anonymous Says:

Schwartz has made clear on his twitter page he is a progressive, thus he is not fit to even be a janitor for the Jewish community.

a Jewish progressive is like a Jewish communist

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