Michelle Schimel

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Michelle Schimel
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 16th district
In office
March 27, 2007 – December 31, 2016
Preceded by Thomas DiNapoli
Succeeded by Anthony D'Urso
Personal details
Born (1957-08-08) August 8, 1957 (age 59)[1]
Brooklyn, New York[2]
Political party Democratic
Children two: Alex, Spencer[2]
Residence [Port Washington, New York][2]
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania[2]
Profession physical therapist, businesswoman, politician
Religion Jewish
Website Official website

Michelle E. Schimel[3] (born August 8, 1957)[1] is a former Democratic member of the New York State Assembly, representing the 16th Assembly District in Nassau County from 2007 to 2016.

Early life and education[edit]

Schimel was born in Brooklyn, New York. In 1978, she received a B.S. degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Allied Medical Professions.[4][5] She was vice president of a fashion accessories firm in Manhattan from 1982 to 1994. She also worked at North Shore University Hospital as a physical therapist and certified wound care specialist.[2]

Political career[edit]

Schimel was first elected Town Clerk of North Hempstead in 1999, a position she held until being elected to the State Assembly.[6][7]

On March 27, 2007, she won 86 percent of the vote in a special election to replace Thomas DiNapoli who became State Comptroller. Schimel was re-elected to subsequent terms in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Schimel resided in Great Neck, New York from 1982 until 2015, when she moved to Port Washington, N.Y. She has two sons, Alex and Spencer.[2] She and her husband, Mark Schimel, separated in 2011 after 32 years of marriage and later divorced. She was married to David Leiman, a senior adviser for Merrill Lynch, in Port Washington, N.Y., in May 2016.[8] She serves on the board of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and in 1995 she and former Rep. Carolyn McCarthy co-founded the organization's Long Island chapter.

Election results[edit]

Michelle Schimel (DEM - IND - WOR) ... 5,615 85.7%
Ryan DeCicco (REP) ... 933 14.2%
Michelle E. Schimel (DEM - IND - WOR) ... 34,568 63.3%
Matthew S. Mitchell (REP) ... 19,978 36.6%
Michelle Schimel (DEM - IND - WOR) ... 23,384 58.2%
Scott D. Diamond (REP - CON) ... 16,748 41.7%


  1. ^ a b "State Assembly: Michelle Schimel (D), District 16". Capitol Info. Archived from the original on March 1, 2011. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Michelle Schimel: Biography". New York State Assembly. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "General Election Results, State Assembly: November 4, 2008" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 4, 2008. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Alumni Notes: 1970s". The Pennsylvania Gazette. University of Pennsylvania. Nov–Dec 1999. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ Degrees Offered and Awarded by the University of Pennsylvania School of Allied Medical Professions (1952-1982)
  6. ^ "Voters Guide 2001 / North Hempstead / Town Clerk". Newsday. November 4, 2001. p. H.05. Retrieved April 12, 2011. Schimel, 44, is running for her second term 
  7. ^ "Schimel, Chisari in Race for Town Clerk". Great Neck Record. October 21, 2005. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Husband quits race, criticizes wife". Politico. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Special Election Results, 16th Assembly District: March 27, 2007" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. 2007. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  10. ^ "General Election Results, State Assembly: November 2, 2010" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 13, 2010. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 

In 2012, Schimel won with 61.22% of the vote and again in 2014 with over 60% of the vote.[1]

External links[edit]

New York Assembly
Preceded by
Thomas DiNapoli
New York State Assembly, 16th District
Succeeded by
Anthony D'Urso
  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - Candidate Detail Page". Retrieved 2017-01-04.