City Council District 47 - Democratic Primary

   
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Preferred Candidate - Todd Dobrin - Dem
Age: N/A Occupation: Full-time candidate
Education: SUNY Oneonta (BS), Electrical Construction SUNY (AOS)

Todd Dobrin, a passionate community activist, is seeking office to target budget resources for his community, ensure greater committee oversight, and focus on land use issues in the district, where he was born and raised. His primary issues are improving the conditions of infrastructure, jobs, and public safety following Hurricane Sandy. Dobrin was particularly concerned about crime and quality of life issues in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) buildings in his district. As a public housing resident growing up, he believes strongly that money should more efficiently allocated, and has performed budget analyses regarding redistribution of funds. While he believes in Citizens Union's goals of government transparency, he is skeptical of how effective election reforms, such as nonpartisan elections and instant runoff voting, will increase turnout. Dobrin supports reforming the discretionary funding process to ensure that it is more needs-based and equal. Citizens Union believes that Dobrin would be an effective advocate for his community, and was impressed by his forthright demeanor and practicality in how he would achieve his goals. CU prefers Dobrin.
 
 

 

  
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   Mark Treyger - Dem
Age: N/A Occupation: Full-time candidate
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Mark Treyger has had significant experience in community relations, having worked on constituent services in Assemblymember William Colton’s office. Treyger has also served as a full time teacher. From stopping violence in public high schools to restructuring the waste transfer and incineration process, Treyger has a variety of experience on policy issues. One of his primary issues is to restore the infrastructure and living conditions of the Coney Island part of his district. He believes that discretionary funding is not the most democratic form of distributing funds, and supports creating a more equitable process for allocation to members of the City Council. Treyger opposes nonpartisan, top-two elections because he believes that it would allow wealthier candidates to have greater influence over elections. While Citizens Union believes that Treyger would be an effective advocate for his community and has a good grasp of reform issues, as well as the political process, we believed his opponent was more appealing as a grassroots voice for his community.
 
   


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