By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Postal workers have delivered an endorsement to City Council candidate Mark Treyger, putting a stamp of approval on his campaign.
Treyger, a civics teacher at New Utrecht High School and Bensonhurst political civic activist, is one of five candidates (four Democrats-one Republican) running to succeed term-limited Councilman Domenic Recchia Jr. in the 47th Council District. The district covers Coney Island and Gravesend and includes parts of Bensonhurst.
Leaders of the New York Metro Area Postal Union, Local 10, recently announced their endorsement of Treyger. Local 10 represents postal clerks, motor vehicle operators, and maintenance workers, and is the largest local in the American Postal Workers Union.
“Mark Treyger is the type of person we need in government. His passion and commitment to the middle class has been exemplified by his track record of building coalitions between community groups and labor to achieve real change,” said Jonathan Smith, president of the New York Metro Area Postal Union.
“As a union activist, educator, and community organizer, Mark is exactly the kind of hands-on leader that we need on the City Council. It is our pleasure to endorse Mark Treyger for City Council,” Smith said.
“The men and women of New York Metro Area Postal Union work hard each and every day to ensure that our city runs smoothly. I am honored by the faith they’ve shown in me and the support they’ve given our campaign,” Treyger said.
Treyger, who has been president of the United Progressive Democratic Club for 10 years, will face fellow Democrats John Lisyanskiy, Todd Dobrin, and Pastor Connis Mobley in the Sept. 10 primary. The winner will take on Republican Andy Sullivan in the Nov. 5 general election.
Treyger has previously received endorsements from the United Federation of Teachers and Transportation Workers Union Local 100.
In other campaign news, Lisyanskiy, a former aide to Council Speaker Christine Quinn, has raised the most money of any of the five candidates, according to the New York City Campaign Finance Board. As of the last quarterly filing, Lisyanskiy has raised $114,321 for his campaign. Treyger has raised $58,042. Dobrin’s campaign has raised $54,308. Sullivan raised $15,745. No figures for Pastor Mobley were listed on the finance board’s website.