Steve Cohn

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Steve Cohn is a lawyer and a Democratic District Leader in Brooklyn, New York.[1][2] He is Democratic Committeeman in Brooklyn's 50th Assembly District.[2][3] Cohn said in 2010 that he would not seek reelection as Democratic District Leader, after 27 years in the position.[2][4][5]

Background and family[edit]

Cohn, an Orthodox Jew, grew up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, son of a judge who was also a Greenpoint and Williamsburg assemblyman from 1959 to 1968.[1][6][7] His mother Lillian died in 1995.[8]


Cohn was a law clerk for a Brooklyn judge, counsel to the two Brooklyn district council members from the district, and a part-time staff member on two Brooklyn Assembly subcommittees.[9] Cohn has strong ties with the Williamsburg Hasidic community.[6]

Cohn was a Democratic state committeeman for nearly 20 years, and an executive secretary of the Kings County Democratic Party, the oldest Democratic organization in the U.S.[6][8][9] He is also a former president of the Brooklyn Bar Association.[1][6][9]

In 2002, Cohn came in second in both the Democratic primary vote and the general election (as a Liberal) for Councilman for District 33 in Brooklyn, which runs from Brooklyn Heights to Greenpoint.[1][10] Cohn raised $311,059 for his run for the seat.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d "New York City District 33". Gotham Gazette. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Short, Aaron (June 11, 2010). "Steve seeks Cohn-tinuity!". The Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Brooklyn Broadside: Honors for Steve Cohn Just Keep Flowing...". The Brooklyn Eagle. July 16, 2010. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ Short, Aaron (May 4, 2010). "Newcomer Restler battles incumbent Cohn for obscure, minor, little-known post". The Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  5. ^ C. Zawadi Morris (July 13, 2010). "Steve Cohn". The New York Times. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d Hicks, Jonathan P. (September 9, 2001). "Campaigning for City Hall – Five Varied Neighborhoods Test Candidates' Strategies". New York City: The New York Times. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  7. ^ C. Zawadi Morris (June 18, 2010). "Political Personal: Cohn Embraces a Family Tradition". The New York Times. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Millner, Denene (July 2, 1995). "Media Maestro Chuck Wows 'Em". New York Daily News. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b c Tom Robbins (August 14, 2001). "The Court Street Regular". Village Voice. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  10. ^ Bill Egbert (August 21, 2001). "Candidate Gives City Funds Back". New York Daily News. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  11. ^ Bill Egbert (September 11, 2001). "Biggest Bills For Beep Race". New York Daily News. Retrieved July 22, 2010.