Elijah Reichlin-Melnick was born in Nyack and has lived here for almost his whole life. He is an avid hiker and nature photographer who is passionate about the environment and in love with the beauty of the Hudson Valley. He graduated from Nyack High School in 2002, received his B.A. in history and government from Cornell University in 2006, and will graduate in May, 2015 from the Bloustein School at Rutgers University with a masters in city and regional planning.
A former elementary school teacher, he has worked for Congressman Eliot Engel, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, and currently serves as the Executive Assistant for Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart. In 2011, he was one of the Democratic nominees for Orangetown Town Council.