By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Former state senator David Storobin, seeking to make the switch from Albany to City Hall, has been endorsed by the Independence Party in his bid for a City Council seat. Storobin, who is running in the 48th Council District in Sheepshead Bay, has already won the support of the Republican and Conservative parties and will appear on three ballot lines in the November election.
Storobin, a lawyer, is seeking to succeed Democratic Councilman Michael Nelson who is term limited and cannot run for re-election. The council district also includes the neighborhoods of Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach, and Midwood.
Storobin won a special election in March of 2012 to fill out the term of disgraced former state senator Carl Kruger, who was convicted of bribery and other charges. But Storobin was a state senator for less than a year. The senate seat was eliminated under re-districting.
The Sheepshead Bay council race is shaping up to be one of the most closely watched contests in the city. On the Democratic side, there is a crowded field of candidates, including Theresa Scavo, chairman of Community Board 15; Igor Oberman, president of the board of directors at Trump Village; Chaim Deutsch, a staff member in Nelson’s office; and Ari Kagan, a Democratic Party district leader; running in the September primary. The winner will take on Storobin in the general election in November.
Frank McKay, chairman of the Independence Party, called Storobin “an independent voice who's not afraid to stand up to the special interests in defense of his constituents.” McKay said he was also impressed by Storobin’s record during his brief senate career. “As Senator, he's proven that whatever he promises on the campaign trail, he will do once he gets elected," he said.
“I am truly honored to receive such strong support very early on in the race,” Storobin said after it was announced that the Independence Party had endorsed him. “I want to thank the Conservative and Independence parties for their endorsements, particularly Kings County Conservative Chairman Jerry Kassar, State Conservative Chairman Mike Long, and State Independence Party Chairman Frank McKay. I will do my very best to earn their support,” he said.