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Image via johnforcouncil.com

City Council candidates John Lisyanskiy is outraged over the latest mailer distributed by the Small Business Coalition, one of several PACs throwing hundreds of thousands of dollars into the race to replace term-limited Domenic Recchia, which claims that he profited from Superstorm Sandy price gouging.

The mailer, seen above, claims that Lisyanskiy took contributions from a gas station owner who allegedly jacked up prices in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The group is backed by a collection of Sephardic Jewish business owners who have spent nearly $20,000 in support of Lisyanskiy’s rival, Mark Treyger, and nearly $8,000 to bash Lisyanskiy.

Lisyanskiy expressed anger in a press release over the political ad pictured above and highlighted his post-Sandy works in response:

“I am disgusted and angered by a recent mail piece that accused me of profiting at the expense of Hurricane Sandy victims,” John Lisyanskiy, 47th District City Council Candidate said. “It is sickening that anyone would stoop so low as to insinuate that I exploited the families I had just helped in return for a few bucks. After hurricane Sandy Hit on October 29th 2012, lives hung in the balance. These were real people, seniors, children and families without electricity, heat, running water or medical supplies. For ten days, I lived and worked out of my car to organize hundreds of volunteers to help bring food, water and medical attention to those in need. Afterwards, I was appointed by the City Council to be the official envoy to the devastated areas of Southern Brooklyn where I had spent four months without a day off. In that role, I was overseeing the relief and recovery efforts and making sure that the City, State and Federal resources were being delivered to those in need. Additionally, I helped organize and coordinate the largest relief site in Coney Island at MCU Park, which served thousands of people on the Coney Island peninsula.”

Last week, we reported that Lisyanskiy attacked opponent Mark Treyger, saying that Treyger is in the pocket of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), a powerful real estate interest. REBNY is supporting. Treyger through the Jobs for New York PAC, in an effort Lisyanskiy has characterized as misleading to voters. In his release, Lisyanskiy again attacked Jobs for NY and the Small Business Coalition in his statement, and cautioned voters on the groups’ interest in the race.

“Jobs for New York, the political action committee for the billion-dollar real estate industry and the Small Business Coalition are responsible for these attacks. Corporate Tycoons don’t care about the larger civic good, or constructive ideas that move our community forward. They are interested in two things only, getting richer and instilling fear and blame. That is how they win elections. There have been countless times qualified and dedicated candidates have been destroyed by machines like these,” Lisyanskiy said.

Business-backed PACs, or independent spenders, are a recent phenomenon in City Council races, having poured more than $10 million into races across the five boroughs. The groups can raise and spend an unlimited amounts of funds, but are legally barred from communicating or coordinating with campaigns. Lisyanskiy and others have called on those candidates receiving their support to denounce the ads. While one local candidate in a neighboring district has done just that, Treyger remains silent on the issue.

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Four  special interest groups have doled out more than $818,000 on just three Southern Brooklyn City Council campaigns in an unprecedented attempt to sway voters, with one real estate interest group spending far more money than the candidates have themselves spent.

The spending is a local version of the super PAC phenomenon that emerged in last year’s presidential race as a result of the Citizens United decision. Major business interests coalesce into a focused spending group to rally behind a chosen candidate – and decry the candidate’s rivals. The groups are not limited in their spending, but New York City campaign finance laws – among the most progressive in the nation – require them to disclose their backers, and document their spending. The records indicate that four independent spenders have taken an interest in three City Council campaigns that follow the Brooklyn shoreline from Bath Beach to Canarsie.

Potential voters have likely seen the effects of independent spending, as political mailers jammed their mailboxes with messages supporting one candidate or blasting others. The largest of the four groups involved in the area elections, Jobs for New York, is backed by the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), a group of the city’s largest real estate developers, and has caused the targets of their negative mailers to cry foul.

“Real estate tycoons have had their greedy eyes set on Coney Island for decades. Seaside residents are in constant danger of being uprooted by developers who would love nothing more than to sweep away communities to make room for swanky developments,” said John Lisyanskiy, who is vying to replace Domenic Recchia in the  47th District. “I urge all candidates citywide to reject attempts by corporations to buy their support with outsized expenditures. Campaigns should be about the people we seek to represent, and we must do everything we can to ensure that their voices are not dwarfed by developers and other deep-pocketed special interests.”

“I am deeply concerned that an unfettered influx of heavy spending by real estate tycoons will prevent a fair and honest debate about the future of development in our area,” said Igor Oberman, a candidate to replace Councilman Michael Nelson in the 48th District. “The cost of living in our City continues to rise, and REBNY represents developers who would litter our neighborhoods with overpriced and unaffordable housing units, altering the character of our neighborhood and pricing people out.”

Keep reading: Find out what candidates have received support, and what some say about it.

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Source: johnforcouncil.com via the Advance Group

Looking to stem the influence of billion dollar real estate agencies in the post-Superstorm Sandy reconstruction phase, Democratic City Council candidate John Lisyanskiy laid out a housing and economic development strategy to protect affordable housing. In a press release, Liysyanskiy also attacked his opponent Mark Treyger (D), characterizing him as a puppet of real estate developers.

As the first anniversary of Sandy approaches, Lisyanskiy noted the importance making sure the rebuilding isn’t dominated by powerful real estate interests looking to drive out lower income residents:

…”we must do so responsibly, in a way that makes Coney Island a thriving economic center as well as protects its residents from predatory corporations. Right now, multi-billion dollar real-estate agencies see Coney Island as a veritable feeding ground. These corporations want to demolish affordable housing complexes that serve as homes to thousands of working class members of the Coney Island family. Their goal is to make room for high-rise hotels and casinos that will inevitably cast hundreds of low-income families to the street,” Lisyanskiy said.

Lisyanskiy then painted Treyger as being in the pocket of real estate firms, citing his connection to the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY).

“Jobs for NY, the intentionally deceptive name of REBNY’s political action committee, has financed dozens of advertisements promoting Treyger. What voters don’t know is that Jobs for NY receives millions of dollars in funding from just 22 major real-estate developers. When REBNY comes knocking, calling in those favors, Treyger isn’t going to remember all the promises he made to the residents of Coney Island. All he is going to care about is how he is going to finance his next round of advertisements. Together, we can keep Coney Island out of the hands of greedy corporations,” Lisyanskiy said in the release.

The candidate also laid out his four keys for his “plan for responsible development,” which includes expanding affordable housing and making sure all Sandy related repairs are finally completed.

  • I will ensure that overdue repairs of homes that were harmed by Superstorm Sandy are expedited and reduce wait times for future repairs.
  • I will work with the community to develop a plan that will make Coney Island an attractive place for businesses without displacing thousands of families.
  • I will fight to stop the Rent Guidelines Board from increasing rent on homes affected by Sandy and work with NYCHA to maintain and expand affordable housing.
  • I will utilize City Council Land Use authority to demand greater proportion of affordable housing in new developments.

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Five candidates vying for seats in two different Southern Brooklyn City Council districts participated in a heated debate on Sunday, focusing on reforming co-op laws to benefit as many as one million New York City residents of co-ops.

All candidates expressed support for a shareholder’s bill of rights, which would grant new protections from potentially abusive and exploitative boards of cooperative housing units. Despite the support, the frustrated shareholders – all with horror stories of their own – expressed a lack of confidence in much-needed reform and ultimately turned on the candidates.

Find out where the candidates stand, and how the audience reacted.

John Lisyanskiy, a candidate for the City Council seat in Coney Island, said he fought against establishing a gambling casino in that community. Photo courtesy The Advance Group

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City Council candidate John Lisyanskiy accused fellow candidate Mark Treyger of being a political opportunist and a puppet of real estate interests. According to a press release, Lyisyanskiy targeted Treyger’s endorsement by the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), a political action committee that Lisyanskiy believes will drive out lower income residents and gentrify Coney Island.

In his release, Lisyanskiy first accused Treyger of being an opportunist who recently moved to the area just to grab power.

“My opponent, Mark Treyger, understands pricey real estate, having purchased just last year an expensive home in Bergen Beach, which is far outside of our District. Seeing the chance for political gain, he then decides to move back into our neighborhoods and campaign for our very important City Council Seat,” Lisyanskiy said in a press release.

Lisyanskiy then fired accusations that a recent endorsement by REBNY was proof that Treyger would be a pawn of wealthy real estate developers looking to drive the working class out of Coney Island.

“Now that he is bought and paid for, he will surely become a yes-man puppet for ruthless real estate interests. I urge all candidates citywide to reject attempts by corporations to buy their support with outsized expenditures. Campaigns should be about the people we seek to represent, and we must do everything we can to ensure that their voices are not dwarfed by developers and other deep-pocketed special interests,” Lisyanskiy said.

In a report, REBNY defended their endorsement of Treyger.

“We back Mark Treyger for one reason and one reason only: He is the candidate most likely to create jobs and economic opportunities for the people of the 47th Council District,” a spokesman for REBNY said.

Treyger went on to defend himself against accusations that he is a puppet to REBNY or Assemblyman William Colton, for whom he has worked for several years.

“I am willing to put my longtime record in this district — where I was born, raised, and live, up against any other candidate in this race,” Treyger said. “I am especially proud to have the support of my close friend, Assemblyman Bill Colton, who I consider to be the gold standard of community service and dedication.”

Colton denied pulling the strings in Treyger’s campaign, saying he was surprised in March when his former spokesman expressed interest in running for the seat.

“He is no way a puppet. He has been involved in issues because he believes in them,” the pol said. “When he indicated to me he had an interest in running for city council, I told him he should do it.”

John Lisyanskiy, a candidate for the City Council seat in Coney Island, said he fought against establishing a gambling casino in that community. Photo courtesy The Advance Group

Source: Lisyanskiy campaign

It has been over eight months since Superstorm Sandy knocked the Ida G. Israel Community Health Center out of commission and the facility still isn’t operational yet. According to a press release, City Council candidate John Lisyanskiy is pushing the Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) to reopen the facility.

We previously reported that the HHC delayed rebuilding the health center due to its location. The HHC declared that rebuilding the center at 2201 Neptune Avenue was pointless due to its close proximity to the water and the low ground it occupies, making it a vulnerable target should a future storm blow through.

“We want to make sure this clinic stands the test of time, since it’s such a valuable resource to the community,” Dr. John Maese, medical director of Coney Island Hospital, said back in January.

A lot of time has passed since January and Ida G. Israel Community Health Center is still not open, outraging Lisyanskiy.

“The Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) failure to reconstruct this facility is outrageous. This failure leaves over 40,000 people at risk because they are without a local health center. Our community’s children and elderly residents need regular care. While the timetable to rebuild is uncertain, what is certain however is that we cannot let HHC leave our neighbors, family and friends without a solution for 12 months,” Lisyanskiy said in the release.

The candidate vowed to make his fight to reopen the health center a priority if elected.

“I pledge to continue to fight HHC’s current timetable and work with our local officials to make this happen, so our community is provided the basic services we rely on the Health Center for. We must rebuild immediately, safely and in our community where our neighbors can access help quickly. There are few things more important than safety and security of our residents; access to healthcare is one of them. I urge the Mayor to prioritize the recently approved Super Storm Sandy federal funding so that we can adequately address the most pressing needs in our communities,” Lisyanskiy said.

86th Street and Bay 36th Street (Source: Google Maps)

86th Street and Bay 36th Street (Source: Google Maps)

Citing a recent hit-and-run accident, City Council candidate John Lisyanskiy is calling on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to install more traffic signals at busy thoroughfares in the community.

Last week, we received a message from a local resident hoping to get any information on a hit-and-run accident that took place at 86th Street and Bay 36th Street. The accident left the victim, a 62-year-old Chinese man, in a coma. Lisyanskiy is hoping that the placement of more traffic signals will cut down on needless accidents and deaths.

“There have been far too many fatal accidents within the last two months alone and it is absolutely necessary that new traffic signals be installed in our area,” Lisyanskiy said in a press release.

Lisyankskiy went on to accuse the head of the Department of Transportation, Janette Sadik-Khan, of failing to be active enough in preventing accidents.

“The community should not be subjected to such an easily avoidable problem. Despite letters and appeals for action from myself and several members of our community, Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan has still not fixed this issue. Her complete disregard for the welfare of our area is irresponsible. The fact that there are two public schools within a three-block radius only serves to highlight the importance of responsible traffic systems. It is incredibly unfair to allow such a blatant safety hazard to be ignored,” Lisyankiy said.

Benson Avenue at Bay 26th Street. (Source: Google Maps)

Benson Avenue at Bay 26th Street, the site of last week’s fatal accident. (Source: Google Maps)

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: The Department of Transportation previously denied a request to install a traffic signal at a Benson Avenue intersection where a cyclist recently lost his life after being struck by a car, Bensonhurst Bean has learned.

Neighbors recently requested the traffic signal after Mai Zhang, 74, was struck and killed by an SUV on May 27 while riding his bicycle through the intersection at Benson Avenue and Bay 26th Street. Locals said they’ve made multiple requests over the years, but that their complaints fell on deaf ears. Now the Department of Transportation has informed this news outlet that the intersection was studied in 2012 – and a traffic light was deemed unnecessary.

The agency said the intersection does not meet federal guidelines for additional traffic controls. The city looks at nine factors recommended by the federal government to determine if a light is needed, including the volume of traffic and pedestrian usage. However, they do not consider the intersection’s accident history.

Even if they did, the DOT said they wouldn’t have much of a history to go by. Prior to the death of Zhang, there were no injuries of any kind at Benson Avenue and Bay 26th Street between 2007 to 2011, the last year of available injury data. They did not provide data on the number of accidents that did not result in injuries.

Meanwhile, City Council candidate John Lisyanskiy has latched onto the issue, sending out a statement on Friday demanding the installation of a light, and urging neighbors to flood government offices with requests. He wrote:

“I am deeply saddened by the unnecessary death of our friend Mai Zhang,” John Lisyanskiy, 47th District City Council Candidate said. “This is outrageous. For far to long our community has suffered from accidents on the corner of Bay 26th Street and Benson Avenue. Tragically on May 27, we lost Mr. Zhang on this very corner, as a community we cannot stand by and loose another life due to a simple streetlight installation. Today, I have called and written a letter to the Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan demanding a streetlight be installed at this intersection immediately. I encourage my neighbors and friends to call and demand the same through 311 and the DOT Brooklyn Borough Commissioner’s Office. As a community we cannot stand for this, we cannot work and live in a place where it isn’t safe to cross the street. With two public schools within three block radius, our children and elderly should not have to sprint across this wide thoroughfare between speeding cars worried for their lives. Ignoring this lifesaving request is unacceptable. We must protect our community and the people that live in it, which is why installing this light is crucial. Commissioner Sadik-Khan we need you to take action now.”

Correction (3:15 p.m.): The original headline of this article indicated that the intersection was on Bay 25th Street. That was a typo. It was Bay 26th, as the article stated, and the headline was promptly corrected. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

Source: johnforcouncil.com via the Advance Group

Source: johnforcouncil.com via the Advance Group

John Lisyanskiy, a candidate for the 47th District Council seat, is doing everything he can to lend a hand to the disable and elderly residents of 7714 Bay Parkway, who have been trapped without elevator service for three weeks.

The candidate expressed his frustration in a press release.

“This is outrageous. For the past three weeks, the lives of our elderly and disabled community have been endangered because of the broken elevator in the building. Having this continue for so long is simply unacceptable, and nor should it have to be a way of life for our community. Today I am calling on the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to send an emergency repair team to restore the elevator service in this building,” Lisyanskiy said in the release.

As we’ve previously reported, Lisyanskiy is vying for the Democratic ticket in a crowded field that includes Mark Treyger and Todd Dobrin, among others.

Source: johnforcouncil.com via the Advance Group

John Lisyanskiy, a candidate for the 47th District council seat being vacated by Domenic Recchia, expressed relief that there are no plans to build a casino in Coney Island. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle is reporting that Lisyankskiy praised Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal that prohibits the building of any casino in New York City over the next five years.

Cuomo has been active in trying to add casino construction to the state budget, specifically the building of three new casinos somewhere upstate. Cuomo hopes to expand legalized gambling to boost economic growth and tourism upstate. Cuomo said he would not support plans to build a casino in the city itself in the next five years, a move that Lisyanskiy praised.

“Governor Cuomo’s pledge that no casinos are built in New York City for the next five years shows his commitment to protecting our neighborhoods,” Lisyanskiy told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. “As a community we truly came together with one voice to ensure that our objections to a Coney Island casino were heard.”

Lisyanskiy, who is a City Council analyst, is hoping to win the Coney Island based council seat. The crowded field includes Mark Treyger, Michael Treybich, Todd Dobrin and Brian Gotlieb among others.

Of course, the long-term view of what this means is still murky. Five years is nice and all, but without including siting location in the legislation for the seven new Las Vegas-style casinos that would be authorized – as Cuomo would like to omit – we could very well have a Coney Island casino in six years.

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