Skip To Content
Fast Forward

Dov Hikind Retiring After Controversial 36 Years As New York Lawmaker

New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind announced Wednesday that he would retire after a controversial 36 years in office, Yiddish Nayes reported.

Hikind, an outspoken supporter of Israel, began serving in the Assembly in 1983. His district now covers the heavily-Orthodox Brooklyn neighborhood of Borough Park.

Although a Democrat, Hikind was known for frequently switching sides to back Republicans like Donald Trump, and had some conservative views, such as being anti-gay marriage.

The 67-year-old did not state a reason for his retirement.

A video hagiography put out by Hikind’s office highlights some of his self-proclaimed triumphs.

Hikind assured that he would continue to “fight, stand up, speak out and not be afraid.” He added that he would remain “afraid of God, but nothing else.”

He also thanked those who contributed to his past four decades of representing the Jewish community of Brooklyn.

“I want to thank my constituents—my many friends and neighbors—for these extraordinary 36 years of having the honor to serve them. I thank my parents for instilling genuine Jewish values in me.”

Hikind was perhaps best known nationally for attending a Purim party in blackface, for which he later apologized.

Contact Haley Cohen at [email protected]

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning journalism this Passover.

In this age of misinformation, our work is needed like never before. We report on the news that matters most to American Jews, driven by truth, not ideology.

At a time when newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall. That means for the first time in our 126-year history, Forward journalism is free to everyone, everywhere. With an ongoing war, rising antisemitism, and a flood of disinformation that may affect the upcoming election, we believe that free and open access to Jewish journalism is imperative.

Readers like you make it all possible. Right now, we’re in the middle of our Passover Pledge Drive and we still need 300 people to step up and make a gift to sustain our trustworthy, independent journalism.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Only 300 more gifts needed by April 30

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.