Treyger, Denaro land endorsements in City Council race

Photo by Office of Council Member Mark Treyger

Democratic City Councilmember Mark Treyger and Republican challenger Ray Denaro landed endorsements this week in the race for City Council’s District 47.

Treyger, the incumbent candidate seeking re-election on Nov. 7, landed a crucial endorsement from the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), while Denaro was endorsed by 51st Assembly District Leader Avery Pereira. Both are vying to represent a district that covers Coney Island, Sea Gate, Bensonhurst, and Gravesend.

The UFT’s endorsement of Treyger came as no surprise considering his experience as a public school teacher and their endorsement of him in the past. The UFT most recently endorsed Treyger during his successful run for Democratic District Leader last year. The union, which includes 200,000 members and 60,000 retirees across public school districts in the city, touted Treyger’s wide-ranging work to improve schools during his first term.

“As a former teacher at New Utrecht High School, Mark Treyger has an understanding of the issues facing our schools and has demonstrated his commitment to bettering our schools and their infrastructure,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew said. “Mark is a leader and has a record that shows he can get things done.”

Treyger secured funds to reimburse teachers who spend their own money on supplies; set aside money in the budget to bolster local libraries, auditoriums, and gyms; and pushed to remove temporary boilers from schools. Furthermore, he advocated for air conditioning in all city schools.

Meanwhile, Pereira made the case for Denaro by highlighting the Republican’s passion during what he calls “a dysfunctional and irrational time.”

“Mr. Denaro has dedicated most of his life serving those in his community,” Pereira wrote on Facebook. “He believes in a limited government, a balanced budget, and in our constitutional rights and principles. He will always stand beside his constituents and fight for their benefit before anything else.”

Pereira seemingly took an apparent swipe at his opponent, adding that Denaro would be “a voice for the wonderful people of his district, not the special interests.”

Both candidates have secured other endorsements, as well. Last week, Treyger received support from 100 community leaders and advocates in Southern Brooklyn, while Denaro has also been backed by the Brooklyn Conservative Party, Brooklyn Republican Party, and Republican mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis. Treyger and Mayor Bill de Blasio have not yet officially announced a cross-endorsement, but praised one another at a town hall meeting in August.

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