City Councilman Mark Treyger’s political ambitions appear to creating a minor boon for real estate brokers.
Treyger will have to move for the second time in less than three years to qualify for the Democratic state committee position he seeks in the 46th Assembly District, according to a press release from his opponent Chris McCreight.
The councilman moved from Bergen Beach to Bensonhurst in 2013, property and Board of Elections records show, in order to represent the 47th Council District, noted McCreight. Both positions require the candidate to live in the jurisdiction they represent, according to the Board of Elections.
McCreight called out the councilman this week for not living in 46th Assembly District, which covers Coney Island, Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights.
“When I found out Mark was running against me, I thought it was odd because I knew he had just moved into Bensonhurst to run for City Council a few years ago,” McCeight said in a statement. “I’m calling on Mark to do the right thing: move into the district or stay where he lives and run there.”
A state committeeperson, also known as a district leader, is an unpaid position with a two-year term. Each of Brooklyn’s 21 assembly districts has a male and female district leader. They are responsible for responsible for helping select candidates, staff polling sites and advocating for the community they represent.
McCreight, who lives in Bay Ridge, is running on a slate that also includes Coney Island community activist Brigitte Purvis and Assemblywoman candidate Kate Cucco. They are challenging an alliance between Treyger, longtime District Leader Dilia Schack and Assemblywoman Pamela Harris, according to Kings County Politics.
A spokesperson for Treyger’s campaign said the councilman is in the process of moving to the 46th Assembly District. He currently lives in the 47th Assembly District.
Treyger, a former New Utrecht High School teacher, highlighted his lengthy record of community involvement in response to McCeight’s accusation.
“I’m proud to have been a resident of Southern Brooklyn my entire life, and I’m proud to stand by my record of accomplishments in our community. We all know that the way Albany draws district lines nonsensically divides communities, but that shouldn’t stop us from electing the best representative with the strongest track record as our Democratic State Committemember,” he said in a statement.