Activist and Republican District Leader Marcus Aurelius Nussbaum will challenge seven-year incumbent Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny for the right to represent a district spanning the coastline from Brighton Beach to Bay Ridge.
The announcement came from the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican club, which lends its backing. Nussbaum is the Republican leader for the 46th Assembly District, an unpaid office he won in 2013.
“I am a public servant at heart…this is the reason why I decided to join the military and proudly serve my country. I believe that it is my duty to use my abilities to help those who cannot help themselves, and it is my goal to make tangible improvements in the quality of life for the members of our community,” he said in the club’s press release.
Nussbaum, a Trump Village resident, is an attorney and former Army captain who received a Bronze Star for service in Iraq. A Russian-language speaker, Nussbaum is involved in the Holocaust Memorial Committee and Bay People – a group of residents who organized to block the establishment of an Islamic community center in Sheepshead Bay. He is involved in various other Russian and Jewish organizations.
Nussbaum made headlines following the City Council elections, attacking fellow Republican David Storobin for attributing his loss to a belief that Russians didn’t turn out to vote for him. Nussbaum said Storobin lost because he failed to to reach out to those voters, or perhaps sided with the wrong faction of the Brooklyn GOP – a county club currently mired in a power struggle.