By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Councilman David Greenfield is a Democrat, but his name will also appear on the Conservative Party line on the ballot when he runs for re-election in November.
Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Bensonhurst) has been endorsed by the Kings County Conservative Party in his quest to be elected to his first full term in office. The endorsement was announced on March 13.
Greenfield was elected to the City Council in 2010 in a special election to complete the term of former councilman Simcha Felder, who left the council to become a deputy city comptroller. Felder let that post to run for state senate, a post he won in 2012.
The Conservative Party is backing Greenfield because represents conservative principles and service to the community, according to Chairman Jerry Kassar.
“David Greenfield has been an excellent representative in the City Council for both his community and the Conservative Party. The Conservative Party is pleased to endorse his re-election,” Kassar said.
It isn’t the first time Greenfield is running with backing from both the Democratic and Conservative parties. In his 2010 election, he was endorsed by both parties.
“I’m grateful to once again receive the endorsement of the Conservative Party. I look forward to continuing being our community’s voice of reason on the City Council,” Greenfield said.
In another development, Greenfield said he successfully fought on behalf of more than a dozen Borough Park residents who were unfairly issued parking tickets as a result of construction work that was taking place on their block. The tickets have been dismissed, Greenfield said. Drivers would have had to pay a fine of $115 each if the summonses had been allowed to stand.
The situation began in December, when the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) began work to install a new water main, catch basins and manholes along 55th Street. The contractor hired by the city installed a “No Standing” sign on the block and wrote “6 a.m. to 6 p.m.” on it in black marker.
Cops and traffic enforcement agents ignored the hand-written time stipulation and issued parking tickets to at least 15 residents. After inquiries from Greenfield, DDC officials determined that a sign stating “No Standing 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday” should have been installed at the site, which would have allowed residents to park there each evening once work was complete for the day.
Following Greenfield’s intervention, DDC officials instructed the New York City Department of Finance to dismiss all tickets issued to drivers during the week that work was taking place on that block.
“It’s hard enough to avoid tickets in New York City without having to contend with wrong signage. It was obviously incredibly unfair to hold these drivers accountable for tickets they did not deserve in the first place, so I am glad that the various city agencies worked with me to rectify this situation.” Greenfield said.
He urged anyone who received a ticket on 55th Street between 12th Avenue and 13th Avenue from December 10 to 16 to contact his office 718-853-2704.