Elijah Reichlin-Melnick grew up in Nyack and graduated from Nyack High School. He currently works as a senior research planner at Pattern for Progress, a Newburgh-based non-profit focused on regional planning and local government issues throughout the Hudson Valley. From 2014-2016 he worked as Executive Assistant to Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart, and managed Stewart’s successful re-election campaigns in 2013 and 2015. From 2009-2013 he worked in the Rockland County offices of Congressman Eliot Engel and Congresswoman Nita Lowey. In 2011 he was a Democratic nominee for Orangetown Town Council. A former elementary school teacher, he holds a bachelors in history and government from Cornell University and a masters in city and regional planning from Rutgers.