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Comptroller Stringer celebrated the Heritage and Culture of the Russian Speaking Community

Comptroller Stringer celebrated the Heritage and Culture of the Russian Speaking Community

On  June 13, 2017, Comptroller Scott Stringer came to Brighton Beach to celebrate achievements of Russian speaking New Yorkers in business, science, medicine, politics, culture and arts

Democratic District Leader Ari Kagan: Report to the People in 45th Assembly District

Democratic District Leader Ari Kagan: Report to the People in 45th Assembly District

Thanks to the strong support from his constituents, Ari Kagan has continued his great work at the unpaid position of State Committeeman/District Leader in 45th AD. His main goals are to improve quality of life for local residents, to support credible Democratic candidates for various political positions and to bring communities together.

We Stand with Israel!

We Stand with Israel!

I recently returned from the amazing trip to Israel. I visited many interesting places and cities, including Jerusalem and Haifa, Tel Aviv and Herzlia, forests and rivers, lakes and gardens, kibbutz and moshav. Special thanks to Jewish National Fund - Keren Kayemeth Le Israel (JNF-KKL), American Forum of Russian speaking Jewry, my friends and relatives for making this trip unforgettable and very memorable.

Save Sheepshead Bay Road

Save Sheepshead Bay Road

Sheepshead Bay Rd. was once a beautiful, busy, and thriving area. In the last six years, it became a symbol of empty storefronts, piles of garbage, abandoned street shelter for homeless people, and economic decline. It suffered badly from the devastating effects of economic recession, SuperStorm Sandy, overdevelopment and neglect.

Bay Democrats: Report to the People in 45th Assembly District

Bay Democrats: Report to the People in 45th Assembly District

For the last two years, the Bay Democrats, the strong and diverse Democratic Club in 45th AD, has worked hard to improve quality of life for local residents, to support credible Democratic candidates for various political positions and to unite Democrats from many communities in the District.

Rally Against Hate and Anti-Semitism

Rally Against Hate and Anti-Semitism

Resolution Calling on Authorities to Do More to Prevent and Prosecute Hate Crimes Signed by Participants

Bay Democrats. Second Annual Gala Awards Dinner

Bay Democrats. Second Annual Gala Awards Dinner

On December 10, 2015 Bay Democrats club celebrated its Second Annual Gala Awards Dinner at the famous Brighton National Restaurant in Brooklyn. Almost 200 guests from all neighborhoods in 45 Assembly District attended the celebration.

Waste transfer station in Gravesend Bay. Fight against dangerous construction

Waste transfer station in Gravesend Bay. Fight against dangerous construction

Many elected officials and community leaders organized on Sunday, November 22, 2015 the press conference near the site of the garbage transfer station construction at Bay 41 Street and Shore Parkway. They united in their fierce opposition to this dangerous construction that destroys our waters, air, soil and health.

37th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem. Notes by a delegate

37th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem. Notes by a delegate

I was humbled and honored this year to be elected to the volunteer position of the delegate to the 37th World Zionist Congress. It is an important international Jewish forum that has influence over Jewish Agency for Israel, Jewish National Fund and even over some policies of Israeli government as well as over world Jewish Diaspora.

Comptroller Scott Stringer and the Red Tape Commission

Comptroller Scott Stringer and the Red Tape Commission

Comptroller Stringer’s Red Tape Commission is made up of small business leaders, regulatory experts and advocates from around the City who are dedicated to finding ways to help business owners cut through the red tape.

Comptroller Scott Stringer: New Yorkers need family-friendly workplace policies

Comptroller Scott Stringer: New Yorkers need family-friendly workplace policies

• Survey of over 1,100 New Yorkers finds nearly half don’t have access to Flexible Work Arrangements
• 80 percent support Paid Family Leave; the United States and …New Guinea don’t have paid family leave
• Roughly one-third of shift workers report retaliation for requesting schedule changes
• Almost 89% of employers reported it had a “positive effect”on productivity, profitability, and employee morale

OBT. Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow

OBT. Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow

This great citywide non-for-profit organization helps young students to find educational opportunities, jobs and path to the future successful career through free seminars, networking, lectures, job fairs and training classes.

Iran deal and brave Democrats

Iran deal and brave Democrats

Every poll taken in the last few weeks shows that majority of Americans strongly oppose the nuclear deal between USA plus other five countries (United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany) and Islamic Republic of Iran.

Garbage and ignorance

Garbage and ignorance

Here are some pictures I made at Brighton Beach Avenue. It looked like some business owners decided to ignore every law, rule or regulations and to turn Brighton Beach Avenue into dirty street bazaar or transform it into one big garbage pile of rotten vegetables and fruits.

Lassana Bathily, French Muslim - Righteous of the World

Lassana Bathily, French Muslim - Righteous of the World

City Council Jewish Caucus Chair Mark Levine, Council Member Mark Treyger, Council Member Daneek Miller and Council Speaker Hail Heroism of Muslim Man Who Saved Jewish Shoppers From Terrorists.

Leonard Petlakh. Anti-Semitic attack on Jewish leader

Leonard Petlakh. Anti-Semitic attack on Jewish leader

On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli protesters attacked Leonard Petlakh when he was leaving Barclay's Center after the basketball game between Brooklyn Nets and Maccabi,Tel Aviv.

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New York City Hall. Ari Kagan is speaking at pro-Israel rally

New York City Hall. Ari Kagan is speaking at pro-Israel rally

A few dozens state, federal and city elected officials and community leaders spoke at the recent pro-Israel rally at the steps of New York City Hall.

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Russian Americans and Ukraine

Russian Americans and Ukraine

There are more than 300,000 Russian speaking immigrants in New York City. Most of them are very concerned about recent crisis in Ukraine. They have close friends and relatives there. Many were born in Ukraine. Others view this conflict as confrontation between Russia and the West.

Teen riots at Kings Plaza. The inconvenient truth

Teen riots at Kings Plaza. The inconvenient truth

On December 26, 2013, NYPD tried to downplay teen riots at Kings Plaza shopping mall. They claimed that nothing serious really happened. Police did not report any arrests or crimes committed. Moreover, 63rd police precinct sent a statement that “There were no reports of any injuries, larcenies, or property damage”.

Bay Democrats. District Leader Ari Kagan and his new political club

Bay Democrats. District Leader Ari Kagan and his new political club

"Despite cold weather we stand together!" That was a motto of the Grand Reopening party of the new Bay Democrats club at Sheepshead Bay. Almost 100 people from various communities of the 45 Assembly District showed up for this important event at Davidzon radio headquarters (2508 Coney Island Avenue, 2nd floor).

Yom Hashoah Vigil in Manhattan. April 7, 2013

Yom Hashoah Vigil in Manhattan. April 7, 2013

On Sunday, April 7, I attended the Yom Hashoah commemoration in Manhattan. More than 150 people participated in this event near Iranian mission at U.N. (622 3 Avenue, corner of East 40 Street).

Passover at Brighton Beach

Passover at Brighton Beach

Hundreds of low-income Russian Jews at Brighton Beach received free food packages right before Passover due to generosity of private philanthropists and JCC of Greater Coney Island.

Ari Kagan for City Council. Kick off in Midwood

Ari Kagan for City Council. Kick off in Midwood

On Sunday, March 10, 2013, I announced my candidacy for New York City Council in 48 District (Brighton Beach, Luna Park, Trump Village, Brightwater, Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Homecrest and Midwood).

Brooklyn College co-sponsors anti-Israel hatefest

Brooklyn College co-sponsors anti-Israel hatefest

I participated in the press conference against the decision by Political Science Department of Brooklyn College to co-sponsor hate forum "BDS movement against Israel" оn Thursday, January 31, 2013. This press conference was organized by Dov Hikind, Assemblyman from Midwood and Boro Park.

Ari Kagan - 2013

Ari Kagan - 2013

I made a decision to run for City Council seat this year - in 48 District. This District includes many great, beautiful neighborhoods of Southern Brooklyn, like Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Homecrest, Midwood... It will  have some new areas like Luna Park, Trump Village and See Breeze Avenue.

Hurricane Sandy. A challenge and a lesson to remember

Hurricane Sandy. A challenge and a lesson to remember

We survived Sandy, but it was not easy. We got used to have electricity and water, bread and TV shows, heat and subway, gasoline and cell phone connection. We lost all of these and many other things at once. 

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