Michael Simanowitz was born and raised in Queens. He is a graduate of local parochial schools and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Queens College.
Michael served as Chief of Staff to Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn for almost 15 years, until her retirement on April 1, 2011. In that time, Simanowitz has been actively involved in the drafting and passage of several important pieces of legislation, including strengthening drunk driving laws, protecting at-risk children and expanding healthcare for our seniors. In addition, Simanowitz worked very closely with Mayersohn and the New York State Department of Health in the development of a pilot program establishing stroke centers in New York State.
In the community, Simanowitz has been a tireless advocate for the residents of the 27th Assembly District. Working with the myriad of neighborhood and civic groups in the community, Simanowitz has developed a reputation as an effective problem solver and valuable resource for the community. Simanowitz has been honored by the Richmond Hill Block Association, The Queens Jewish Historical Society, The Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, and the 107 Precinct Community Council.
For the last 15 years, Michael has been serving as a member of the 107 Precinct Auxiliary Unit, serving as Commanding Officer for the last nine years. When he was promoted to Deputy Inspector a few years ago, Michael became one of the youngest members of the New York City Police Department Auxiliary Program to achieve the rank of Deputy Inspector. Simanowitz has been recognized by the Police Department for his volunteer efforts on and after September 11, 2001 and during the black out of 2003.
Michael has been serving as a Democratic District Leader in the 27th Assembly District since 2002, and was elected Treasurer of the Queens County Democratic Organization in September, 2010.
Michael lives in Electchester, Queens, with his wife Jennifer and their four children.