By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The crowded field in the race for the City Council seat representing Sheepshead Bay contains only one woman. Theresa Scavo, chairman of Community Board 15, is running for the council seat in the 48th District currently held by the term-limited Michael Nelson against a field that includes Igor Oberman, Chaim Deutsch, and Ari Kagan.
All four candidates are running in the Democratic Party primary in September. The winner will take on the likely Republican candidate, former state senator David Storobin.
Scavo, a former public school teacher, recently received a big endorsement from the Brooklyn-Queens National Organization for Women Political Action Committee (PAC) that she hopes will set her apart from her competition.
“I am honored to have the support of the National Organization for Women and will fight with them to fight for equal pay, equal rights and equal protection under the law for women,” Scavo said. “Brooklyn has a long history of advocating for women’s rights and I look forward to continuing it in the New York City Council,” she said.
The Brooklyn-Queens Chapter of NOW has been active since 1972 and represents thousands of members. , works for the betterment of women. NOW is the nation’s largest organization working to advance women’s rights, according to its leaders.
Scavo, a businesswoman, is a member of the 61st Precinct Community Council and the Coney Island Hospital Advisory Board. She is also a volunteer on the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and assisted in the recovery efforts following Superstorm Sandy.
In addition to Sheepshead Bay, the 48th Council District includes the neighborhoods of Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach, Midwood.