By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Ari Kagan, a Democratic Party district leader in southern Brooklyn who is hoping to become the next city councilman from Sheepshead Bay, picked up an important endorsement on Monday. Kagan, one of the candidates in a crowded field running in the Democrat Primary in September, was endorsed by the United Federation of Teachers.
Kagan is the Democratic district leader in the 45th Assembly District, which overlaps with the 48th Council District, the seat he is seeking. The 48th CD is currently represented by Democrat Michael Nelson, who is term limited and cannot run for re-election.
“As a public school parent, elected party leader, and active member of our community, Ari Kagan has demonstrated a heartfelt commitment to our schools and classrooms,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew said. “He will be a strong voice for the needs of parents, students and teachers on the City Council,” Mulgrew added.
“I have been so fortunate to send my kids to wonderful public schools with excellent teachers. These great educators have provided so many opportunities for all of our children, which is why I’m deeply honored to have the support of the UFT,” http://www.ari-kagan.com/ Kagan said.
“I look forward to working with UFT to give educators the support they need to make our schools even better, and I’m honored to have their support for my campaign, especially considering the long standing relationship between the UFT and our southern Brooklyn neighborhoods,” Kagan said.
Kagan was also endorsed by the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, the union representing school principals.
Kagan is one of four candidates running in the Democratic Primary. Theresa Scavo, chairman of Community Board 15; Igor Oberman, chairman of the board of directors at Trump Village; and Chaim Deutsch, an aide to Nelson, are also running for the council seat.