Know Your Candidates: Steve Saperstein
Brooklyn-born Steve Saperstein is running against Mathylde Frontus for the Assembly seat in the 46th A.D. Last year, Saperstein ran for the District 48 City Council seat and lost to incumbent Chaim Deutsch.
Saperstein, a new face on the political scene, says he would bring fresh ideas and a change to the status quo in City Hall.
He graduated from Midwood High School and received a B.A. in metropolitan studies from New York University, with a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.
After receiving his law degree, he earned an M.A. in deaf and hard of hearing education from Hunter College and a second M.A. in school leadership from Touro College.
He grew up in the Sheepshead Bay and Brighton Beach communities. His grandparents were among the first residents of Coney Island’s Trump Village in the 1960s, and it’s where Saperstein and his family still reside today.
Both of his parents are deaf, as is his younger brother. While Saperstein’s hearing is perfect, he had to become fluent in American Sign Language as a child in order to communicate with his family members.
His wife Elina emigrated from the former Soviet Union with her family in 1989. They are the parents of one-year-old Rebecca and newborn Emma Faye Saperstein.
While Saperstein has a law degree, he is a tenured member of the Department of Education, where he has worked for six years as an itinerant teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing.
After graduating from law school, he decided to pursue a career that would allow him to have an impact on students with disabilities.
Saperstein admits that for him, education is key. While he loves his job, he feels that running for office will only compound what he is doing and help him impact more people in more meaningful ways.–JA
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