Elijah (Elijah) A. Reichlin-Melnick (D-SS38)
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Capitol: 518.455.2991
FAX: 518.426.6890
District: 914.941.2041
Senator
Room 617 Legislative Office Building 188 State Street
Albany, NY 12247

District Office:
2 Church Street
Ossining, NY 12247
Elected: 2020    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Shelley   
Committee Assignments
ChairmanSenate Committee on Procurement and Contracts
MemberSenate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs
MemberSenate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations
MemberSenate Committee on Local Government
MemberSenate Committee on Consumer Protection
MemberSenate Committee on Transportation
MemberSenate Committee on Education
Counties Representing
Orange / Rockland

Bio

Elijah Reichlin-Melnick was born and raised in Nyack, NY and has lived in Rockland County for almost his whole life. After graduating from Nyack High School and earning a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006, he began his career as an elementary school teacher at an inner city school in New Haven where he developed a passion for ensuring that all children have the opportunity to get an excellent education. In 2009, he came home to Rockland where he spent nearly five years as a constituent service specialist and district representative for Congressman Eliot Engel and Congresswoman Nita Lowey before going back to school for a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University. While completing his Master's degree Elijah worked as the Executive Assistant for former Orangetown Town Supervisor Andy Stewart, assisting in municipal management, constituent services, and policy development.

From 2016-2018, Elijah was a Senior Research Planner at Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, a Newburgh-based non-profit focused on regional planning and local government issues throughout the Hudson Valley. At Pattern, he worked on an efficiency analysis of several Town departments in Clarkstown, and a study commissioned by the Rockland Business Association on the crushing burden of high property taxes in Rockland County. Elijah eventually served as the Legislative Director for State Senator James Skoufis, who represents parts of Rockland, Orange, and Ulster Counties. From 2017 through 2020, Elijah served Nyack as an elected member of the Village Board of Trustees, where he prioritized keeping the Village budget under the State property tax cap, enhancing government services, and standing up against overdevelopment. In 2020, Elijah ran for State Senate for the first time and won both a primary and general election. He has served as the New York State Senator for District 38 since 2021. In the State Senate, Elijah has helped make New York smarter, safer, and healthier all while making the tax code more fair for middle class and working families. In the Senate, Elijah has been the most productive first term Senator of either party, introducing and passing more bills than any of his freshman colleagues. Some of the bills he is proudest of include requiring insurance companies to provide funding for crucial "early intervention" services for children, establishing the strongest state oversight in NY history for the troubled East Ramapo School District, restoring vital oversight of state contracts worth billions of dollars, and providing a 10% property tax credit for volunteer fire and EMS workers.

Outside of work, Elijah is an avid nature photographer, hiker, and amateur pianist. He lives in Nyack with his wife Shelley and baby Sophie, who arrived in June, 2022.