About Elijah Reichlin-Melnick

Chairman of Committee on Procurement And Contracts

Democrat, Working Families Democrat, Working Families

District 38

State Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick represents the 38th State Senate district, which includes the towns of Clarkstown, Orangetown, and Ramapo in Rockland County and the town of Ossining in Westchester County. He was elected in November, 2020 and is currently serving his first term. He chairs the Senate Committee on Contracts & Procurement. 

Senator Reichlin-Melnick is a graduate of Nyack High School, Cornell University (B.A. double major in history and government) and Rutgers University (Master’s Degree in City & Regional Planning). Prior to his election to the State Senate he was twice elected as a village trustee in the Village of Nyack and also served on the staff of several elected officials including State Senator James Skoufis (39th District), former Members of Congress Eliot Engel & Nita Lowey, and former Orangetown Town Supervisor Andy Stewart. 

After receiving his Master’s Degree, Senator Reichlin-Melnick spent three years as 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. He began his career as an elementary school teacher at an inner city public school in New Haven, CT where he became committed to ensuring that all students can get a great education, no matter where they live. 

Senator Reichlin-Melnick’s priorities are to ensure that New York state government works for middle class and working families and protects our quality of life by ensuring safe neighborhoods, affordable healthcare, clean air and water, good roads and mass transit, and well-funded education for our kids. In 2021, he will be focused on addressing the public health and economic challenges caused by the COVID pandemic.

Outside of work, Senator Reichlin-Melnick has been an active member of the Nyack Chapter of the NAACP for the past decade. He formerly served as Chair of the Nyack Democratic Committee and Vice-President of Rockland County Young Democrats. He is an avid hiker and environmentalist who enjoys taking pictures of the beautiful places in the 38th District and throughout the Hudson Valley. Born and raised in Rockland County, he has lived in the 38th District for nearly his whole life and currently resides in Nyack with his wife Shelley.