2013 New York City Rising Stars: Amy Spitalnick

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Features, Rising Stars.

Age: 27  |  Position: Communications Director, Daniel Squadron for Public Advocate

Amy Spitalnick, a Lynbrook native and new Brooklyn resident, was the force behind the media side of state Sen. Daniel Squadron’s public advocate campaign, firing out press releases and debate fact checks with a fury that rivals most mayoral campaigns.

And she loved the work.

“He 100 percent believes in everything he does,” Spitalnick said of Squadron. “As a spokesperson who gets to work for someone who you believe in, it means you have the best job in the world.”

She and Squadron might be from different generations, but Spitalnick says they have a lot in common. They share some of the same tastes in music, enjoying Bruce Springsteen and the Beastie Boys, the latter of whom she estimates she has listened to roughly 2,972 times over the past six months. And she even got to meet Ad-Rock at a Squadron fundraiser.

“He said, ‘Hey, what’s up?’ to me,” recalled Spitalnick. “He spoke about Daniel, and he said some thoughtful stuff about Daniel’s work on GENDA, for instance.”

But the best part of the campaign for Spitalnick was trying cuisine from all over the world while travelling around the city with her candidate—and splurging on donuts from Donut Factory.

“I like cinnamon sugar, plain and simple,” she said. “He likes dulce de leche and carrot cake.”

After months on the campaign trail, the end has finally arrived, albeit with a disappointing result.

After having steered Squadron through a tumultuous primary and an unexpectedly exhausting runoff, Spitalnick plans on spending more time with her mom and her boyfriend’s new puppies.

First on her agenda now that the campaign is over? “To have a large Scotch, sleep and then go on vacation,” Spitalnick said. “Somewhere.”

If you were not working in politics or government, what would you be doing? “I’d want to eat for a living, so a food writer in New York City.”

What is your favorite place in New York City? “My rooftop in Brooklyn.”

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