City Council candidates say: Enforce co-op laws!

Brooklyn Currents | 8/11/2013 | 0 comments

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Photo caption: (Brooklyn Currents Photo)  From left: Ari Kagan, Chaim Deutsch,John Lisyanskiy, Theresa Scavo, Mark Treyger

Five candidates vying for City Council seats in the 47th and 48th districts in southern Brooklyn gathered Sunday evening,  Aug. 11 at a forum on issues affecting co-op shareholder-tenants.

Speaking before about 50 people at the event organized by  the Cooperative Community Organization, the Russian American Community Coalition (RACCNY) and other groups, the candidates essentially all agreed that stronger city regulations were needed to combat corruption and discriminatory practices by  many co-op boards, and that existing laws should be better enforced.

A key problem, they stressed, was that currently co-ops are considered corporations and are registered with New York State, subject to regulations by the state government, not the city. Each candidate said he or she would fight to get city control over the thousands of co-op buildings in the five boroughs housing more than  a million people.

The candidates who came to the gathering on Dooley Street in Sheepshead Bay were:

 Mark Treyger and  John Lisyanskiy for  District 47, and Chaim Deutsch, Ari Kagan and Theresa Scavo for District 48.

Igor Oberman -- president of the co-op board of Trump Village -- and David Storobin in District 48, and Brian Gottlieb and Todd Dobrin in District 47 were invited but did not attend.

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