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.
With Councilman Domenic Recchia term-limited out of his seat and planning a run against Michael Grimm for a spot in the Congress, a mad scramble to fill the District 47 seat has begun. Early candidates include Christine Quinn aide John Lisyanskiy, activist Todd Dobrin, former Community Board 13 Chairman Brian Gotlieb and Assemblyman Bill Colton aide Mark Treyger. One candidate who considered joining the race was 27-year-old Louis Jerome, a young and wealthy real estate scion from JEMB Realty.
According to a report by Capital New York, Jerome has decided not to run for the council seat and is instead forming a Political Action Committee (PAC). Jerome plans to file paperwork this week to get the PAC going and will provide it with a healthy first-round of funding. Jerome will also solicit contributions for the PAC from around the city.
I guess the young Jerome realizes that the pursuit of power might be easier in just using money to buy influence among whichever candidate wins the election, rather than go through the effort and indignity of being the politician himself.
City Council analyst John Lisyanskiy officially threw his hat in the ring for Coney Island’s 47th District on December 16 with an e-mail blast to supporters, making him one of two candidates for the district to forego the political hand-wringing over redistricting and jump in the race. Meanwhile, others in what was expected to be a somewhat crowded field for the Democratic nod, are reconsidering their runs – and almost all are urging constituents to turn out to tomorrow’s Districting Committee hearing to oppose the plan.
Lisyanskiy is one of four Democratic contenders vying to replace term-limited Domenic Recchia that have registered committees with the Campaign Finance Board. Lisyanskiy is joined by activist Todd Dobrin; Michael Treybich, an attorney
and deputy legal director for the New York State Young Democrats; and Brian Gotlieb, former chairman of Community Board 13.
Lisyanskiy, who serves as a legislative budget aide in the City Council under Speaker Christine Quinn, jumps in the race with tens of thousands of dollars collected for a 2009 run that ultimately fizzled after term limits were extended. The campaign’s announcement came weeks before the council’s district lines are set to be finalized, a process which could see a campaign’s key constituencies flung into a neighboring district.
But Lisyanskiy said the latest district lines were of little concern in determining whether or not to run.
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Michael Treybich (Source: Facebook via Politicker.com)
The ever-knowledgeable Colin Campbell reported yesterday on a potential candidate for Domenic Recchia’s term-limited City Council seat.
This would pit young attorney and legal director for the New York State Young Democrats Michael Treybich against Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, who is reportedly gunning for the same seat.
Politicker was alerted to a fundraising letter for Treybich that’s been circulating, which you can read here.
Other potential candidates mentioned in the piece include John Lisyanskiy, a legislative financial analyst for the New York City Council, attorney Brian Gottlieb, and Todd Dobrin, a community activist.