Election day is less than a month away. Here’s the latest you need to know about the local election race in City Council’s District 47, which encompasses Coney Island, Gravesend, Sea Gate, and Bensonhurst.
Treyger keeps building support
City Councilmember Mark Treyger this week added the endorsements of police and fire unions to an already-stacked arsenal of pledged supporters ahead of his Nov. 7 general election showdown against Republican Ray Denaro.
Treyger was endorsed by the Detectives’ Endowment Association (DEA), Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA), and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association (UFOA). The endorsements came amid a disturbing wave of alleged police misconduct in the area. One officer was charged after allegedly dragging a man on the ground and later retaliating against him after he complained, and in another case, a pair of detectives are under investigation after allegedly raping an 18-year-old at a Chipotle near Coney Island’s 60th Precinct.
In recent weeks, Treyger has also received endorsements from TWU Local 100, the United Federation of Teachers, and 100 community members and local activists.
“These brave individuals put their lives on the line every day and I am committed to supporting them,” Treyger said of the endorsements. “We are safer when we work together and I am eager to once again do my part to make our communities better for all.”
In a campaign video produced by the Campaign Finance Board and NYC Votes, Treyger made his pitch to voters and, as he often does, showed his strength on education by highlighting his experience as a local schoolteacher. He also listed a number of his accomplishments during his first term in office.
Online ads and social media
Treyger is utilizing online ads as well as social media posts on his own social media page to promote his campaign; he has posted photos of his campaign posters along with the hashtag #teamtreyger. Meanwhile, online ads promoting his re-election campaign against Denaro show a photo of Treyger speaking while words flash across.
Quieter week for Denaro
Denaro, already facing an uphill battle against an incumbent, has not made a post on his campaign’s Facebook page since Monday. He has still commented back and forth with voters who have sought further information on him; in one thread, he emphasized his pro-life stance, stated his opposition to a constitutional convention, and said he does not believe charter schools are necessary in the district.
On Twitter, he retweeted a post on Monday from the Brooklyn Conservative Party calling for voters to support him, but the only tweets he made since then were simply, “Bring Brooklyn Back!” and another one thanking a priest for his work fighting human trafficking.
Last week, Denaro appeared to take some swipes at current elected officials on Facebook, noting that he would fight for people in the neighborhood instead of “the special interest groups who are ready to put our neighborhood for sale to the highest bidder!”
In another post, he made similar comments. “Who exactly are you beholden to when your campaign runs strictly off donations from PACs and corporations!? I’d rather have the people be the fuel that allows my movement to run!” he wrote.
In his campaign video, Denaro railed against the status quo, described a bleak state of affairs in Brooklyn, and claimed that nobody can connect with voters like he can — but failed to offer specifics, marking a stark contrast to Treyger’s video. Voters can see his stances on issues here.