To help the family of late Assemblyman Michael Simanowtiz, the state Senate and Assembly are giving them the remainder of his 2017 annual salary, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Ozone Park) announced.
On Tuesday, Addabbo announced that both the state Senate and Assembly passed legislation to give Simanowitz’s widow, Jennifer, the rest of his salary. The legislation will now go before Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign. Similar legislation has been passed in similar situations, according to Addabbo’s office.
Simanowtiz died at age 46 in September following a battle with an undisclosed form of cancer. He left behind his wife and four children.
“We were all deeply saddened when Assemblyman Simanowitz passed away, and our hearts went out to his wife and family,” said Addabbo. “I considered Mike a friend and a dedicated legislative colleague. I am glad the legislature is taking action to lend a helping hand to Jennifer and their children. While nothing will ever bring back their beloved husband and father, this legislation will at least provide Mike’s family with some financial support.”
Simanowitz, who represented the 27th Assembly District, took office in 2011 after serving for years as the chief of staff for his predecessor, former Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn.
Simanowitz was an Orthodox Jew and Forest Hills native. Prior to joining politics, he was an auxiliary police officer for the 107th Precinct who had been recognized for his volunteer work after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and during the blackout of 2003.