Democratic mayoral hopefuls come to 'Little Russia'

Brooklyn Currents | 8/23/2013 | 0 comments

Six Democrats vying to succeed Mayor Bloomberg discussed issues of importance to the Russian-American community at a forum in Brighton Beach -- often dubbed "Little Russia" --  on Thursday evening, Aug. 22.

Candidate Christine Quinn, the City Council Speaker,  did not attend.

Held at the National Restaurant on Brighton Beach Avenue, the forum covered Brooklyn hospital closings, tolls on the East River bridges, as well as topics of particular concern to the Russian community.

"The majority of the issues that concern Russian-speaking New Yorkers are no different than those concerning other New Yorkers," said Gregory Davidzon, president of Davidzon Media, which operates a Russian-language radio station and other entities. "We do have partisan concerns, but that is not so different than any of New York City's other ethnic or religious communities. Our community has matured into the mainstream of New York City civic life."

 Questioners were from local Russian-American media. The audio, in three mp3 downloads,  contains the questions asked in Russian and translated into English.

Download the coverage by clicking here. Courtesy of Davidzon Radio

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