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Dov Hikind
New York State Assembly District 48
In office
1983 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 32
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$171/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1982
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sQueens College
Master'sBrooklyn College
Date of birth06/30/1950
Place of birthNew York
Office website
Dov Hikind (b. June 30, 1950) is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 48. He was first elected to the chamber in 1982. As of the 2013 session, Hikind serves as the Assistant Majority Leader. Hikind is a former Majority Whip.


Hikind earned a B.A. from Queens College, and a Master's in Urban Studies from Brooklyn College. [1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Hikind was not assigned to a committee.


No committee assignments found.



See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Hikind ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 48. He defeated Mitchell Tischler in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012 as well as the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

New York State Assembly, District 48, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDov Hikind Incumbent 94.1% 19,264
     School Choice Party Mitchell Tischler 5.9% 1,216
Total Votes 20,480
New York State Assembly, District 48 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDov Hikind Incumbent 84.3% 3,138
Mitchell Tischler 15.7% 586
Total Votes 3,724


See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010

Hikind ran unopposed in the September 14 Democratic primary. He defeated Brian Doherty (R) in the general election on November 2.[4]

New York State Assembly, District 48 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dov Hikind (D) 9,713
Brian Doherty (R) 5,214


On November 4, 2008 Hikind won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 48, defeating opponent Herbert Ryan (Conservative).

Hikind raised $384,300 for his campaign while Ryan raised $0.[5]

New York State Assembly, District 48 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dov Hikind (D) 8,397
Herbert Ryan (Conservative) 1,139

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Hikind received $229,810 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]


In 2008, a year in which Hikind was up for election, he collected $384,300 in donations.[7]

The major contributors were:

Donor Amount
Jerry Silva $7,500
Delta Enterprise Corp $5,000
Parents & Children PAC $3,800
Andrew Kohen $3,800
Susan Kohen $3,800
Jerry Silva $3,800



In 2012, Hikind’s endorsements included the following:


Hikind and his wife, Shoshana, have three children; Deena, Yoni, and Shmuel.



In February 2013, Hikind hosted a party celebrating the Jewish holiday, Purim, for which costumes are traditionally worn. At the party, he donned blackface and an Afro wig for his guise as a basketball player, which led to criticism from the Anti-Defamation League, as well as Assembly colleagues including Speaker Sheldon Silver. Hikind apologized in a February 25 news conference, but said that his record showed that he was not a racist, and that the costume was in "good taste."[9]

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