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Levin Staffer Hope Reichbach is Dead

Reichbach was found dead inside her apartment on Thursday afternoon.

Hope Reichbach, communications director for Councilmember Steve Levin and an up-and-comer in New York politics, was found dead in Boerum Hill on Thursday afternoon, according to a police source.

Police were called to the 22-year-old Reichbach's Schermerhorn Street apartment around 2:35 p.m., where she was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Reichbach was the daughter of the influential Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Gustin Reichbach, though at only 22 she had already become a mainstay of local politics. Last year, the lifelong Boerum Hill resident ran for district leader, snagging 37 percent of the vote against veteran incumbent Jo Anne Simon. As Steve Levin’s chief of staff, she was instrumental in overseeing issues such as the and school overcrowding in District 15.

The cause of her death was not immediately released, though according to police no criminality was suspected.

On Thursday night, locals were saddened by the news.

“This is distressing news,” said Howard Kolins, president of the Boerum Hill Association after the group's monthly meeting. "I felt that she was really concerned about doing well for the community.”

Kolins, who worked with Reichbach often, described her as “smart” and “tenacious."

"I wanted to encourage her and wanted to see her succeed,"he said. "It’s admirable when someone is committed to improving the community, that's what I really felt from her."

Check back for updates as this story develops.


A memorial service is scheduled for noon on Sunday at Mount Sinai Synagogue at Cadman Plaza.

Peter Kaufman April 29, 2011 at 04:04 AM
Ugh! What terribly, sad news! My heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. Peter
dorothy siegel April 30, 2011 at 02:45 AM
I knew Hope almost her entire life, although I saw her only occationally. She was brilliant, politically savvy, extremely hard-working, deeply compassionate, respectful, wise and determined to become a great public servant, in the best sense of that term. Her parents have lost the most loving and caring child one could imagine. The community has lost one of its brightest lights. And the world will never know if she might have become our first woman president. Hope had all the qualities one needs for the presidency, including a great love for politics as a means of "tikkun olam," a Jewish concept of our obligation to "repair the world." Tragedy doesn't begin to express what an overwhelming loss it is to lose this wonderful young woman.
Kenn Lowy April 30, 2011 at 11:20 PM
Hope was a beautiful person who cared deeply about her community and spent her life working to do good. As Dorothy wrote, our community has lost one of its brightest lights. I only knew her for a few years, but the impression she left will be with me forever. She was one of a kind.
Harry May 02, 2011 at 09:09 PM
Seems the webmaster doesn't like critical comments as this was deleted the first time. Is the webmaster also tied to the Vito Lopez-Steve Levin machine? Here's the original post: I'm sorry to see anyone die, but let's not forget her political pedigree. She was part of the Vito Lopez-Steve Levin machine - hardly progressive. Lopez and Levin are the corrupt machine. Marty Markowitz and Christine Quinn are supported by landlords, developers and other scum buckets. Reichbach was part of that corrupt machine.


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