Lena Cymbrowitz (January 1, 1957[3] – August 21, 2000) was a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly representing Assembly District 45, which included the Brooklyn communities of Flatbush, Midwood, Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Gerritsen Beach, and a portion of Brighton Beach

Cymbrowitz (née Azizo)[1] was born in Egypt and came to the United States with her parents.[2] She had a Bachelor's degree in English Literature. Prior to her election she worked in fundraising and marketing.[1]

In November 1998, she was elected in the 45th District to the New York State Assembly. This made her the first Sephardic Jew ever elected to state office.[2]

She had two children (Jay and Jennifer) with her husband Steven Cymbrowitz.[1] She died on August 21, 2000, after a long battle with cancer.[2]

New York Assembly
Preceded by
Daniel L. Feldman
New York State Assembly
45th District

Succeeded by
Steven Cymbrowitz


  1. ^ a b c d "LENA CYMBROWITZ, Born AZIZO, Passes Away At 43". Historical Society of Jews From Egypt. Retrieved March 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Liff, Bob (August 22, 2000). "Lena Cymbrowitz, 43". New York Daily News. Retrieved March 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Death Record". Genealogy Bank. Retrieved 17 August 2012.