Treybich Withdraws From Race To Replace Nelson, Backs Ari Kagan

And then there were… well, still a lot.

But now it’s one less in the race to replace City Councilman Michael Nelson, who is term-limited out of the 48th Councilmanic District. Contender Michael Treybich has dropped his bid for the seat, and is now backing his former rival, Ari Kagan.

“Ari Kagan has the experience working in government and in our community to step in and do the job on day one,” said Treybich in a press release. “This district is incredibly diverse, and Ari Kagan in the only candidate in this race who has a track record of bringing diverse communities together to tackle community problems. He’s honest and hardworking, and it’s my pleasure to endorse him in this very important race.”

The two made the announcement at a press conference in Trump Village on Tuesday. As a Trump Village resident, Treybich gives Kagan a stronger footing in one of the city’s largest co-op complexes, where he can help Kagan gain ground against opponent Igor Oberman. Oberman is the president of the board of Trump Village 4, allowing Treybich to rally support among Oberman’s disgruntled tenants.

Treybich officially suspended his campaign with the Campaign Finance Board last week.

Kagan will face off against Oberman, Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo and Flatbush Shomrim founder Chaim Deutsch in the Democratic primary. In the general, former State Senator David Storobin is expected to take the Republican line.

Video courtesy of Jacob Kornbluh via Yeshiva World News.


Sign in or become a Bklyner member to join the conversation.