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New York City News. May 23, 2014

NYC Parks Department agreed to have additional Mobi-Mats installed along Coney Island and Brighton Beach this year to improve accessibility for all, including seniors and those in wheelchairs.

The mats, which extend 200 feet from the boardwalk towards the ocean and make it easier to walk on the sand, will be installed at the following locations in time for Memorial Day: West 33rd Street, Stillwell Avenue, Brighton 2nd Street, Brighton 6th Street, Coney Island Avenue, and West 5th Street, which will accommodate seniors in the Warbasse Houses and Trump Village.

The thick mats make it much easier for seniors, the disabled, parents with strollers and beach goers with coolers to walk across the sand and will be in place through Labor Day.

Mobi-Mats are very convenient for seniors, disabled and parents with strollers. It is a big deal. Bloomberg administration claimed it would be way too expensive to put them all over Coney Island and Brighton beaches. It took a new Mayor and a new City Council to make this dream a reality.

I am very happy to see Mobi-Mats. For about 10 years I personally lobbied many elected officials to install the mats at Brighton 6th Street and West 5th Street.

Kudos to new Councilmen Mark Treyger and Chaim Deutsch for making this community dream a reality!


Robin Washington
from the Department of Finance
talks at seminar

The office of New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Councilman Chaim Deutsch hosted a joint seminar/workshop with experts from the Department of Finance. President of the Manhattan Beach Jewish Center Milton Zegerman greeted the audience while Robin Washington from DOF talked about property taxes, value assessments, appeals and SCRIE program.

It was very successful and useful seminar. Tova Chatzinoff from the office of Councilman Chaim Deutsch also answered many questions from participants.

Everybody agreed that "taxes are damn high" in New York City and should be lowered.

A license of the New York City taxi driver Gabriel Diaz was suspended for 30 days – for wearing the Nazi armband while driving his cab.

This guy from the Bronx hates Jews, gays and Muslims, but he does not realize that Nazis would kill him anyway because he is Hispanic. They wanted only white Arian nation to be superior while others should be either enslaved or killed.

ADL applauded TLC decision to suspend the license of the guy and to prohibit him wearing this symbol of hate while driving a cab. It is not an issue of First Amendment; it is about defending the public from hateful messages.


Gregory Davidzon (left)
and Ben Akselrod congratulated
Oleg Zinkovetsky (center)

The United Progressive Democratic Club is one of the most active and influential in New York City. Yesterday more than 300 people celebrated 48th anniversary of the club. Assemblyman Bill Colton, Councilman Mark Treyger, District Leaders Charles Raguza and Jeanette Givant, club board members made UPDC a strong political force.

It was nice to see at Rex Manor Restaurant so many community leaders: Italian Americans, Asian Americans, Russian American Jews and others. Congratulations to my friend Oleg Zinkovetsky who received a Humanitarian Award for his generosity and work for seniors in Brooklyn.

Senator Diane Savino, Councilmen David Greenfield and Vincent Gentile, Gregory Davidzon, Ben Akselrod, Valentina Pechorina, Vladimir Vishnevsky, Igor Vaysberg were among guests at this wonderful event.

And of course, Naum and Tatyana Treyger were proud to see their son and UPDC President Mark Treyger, Chairman of Recovery and Resiliency Committee, who is becoming a rising star of New York politics.


John Liu

A former City Comptroller and Mayoral candidate John Liu officially declared his candidacy for New York State Senate from Queens neighborhoods - Bayside, Woodside, Fresh Meadows - that currently represented by Tony Avella.

Senator Avella recently joined the faction “Independent Democrats” that is working with Republican faction in a governing coalition. This move angered Queens Democrats who worked very hard helping Avella to defeat then-Senator Frank Padavan, a Republican.

John Liu promised to represent the entire district, to work very hard and to return control over State Senate to Democrats.


Congressman Hakeem Jeffries
and Councilman Mark Treyger
addressed the issue
of gun violence

It was an emotional press conference. At the corner of Mermaid Avenue and West 31 Street, a place of recent double shooting, a Coney Island community said, "Enough is enough!" Special thanks go to main organizers of the event - Mathylde Frontus from the United Neighborhood Services and Councilman Mark Treyger.

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Brooklyn President Eric Adams, Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, Councilman Jumaane Williams and others spoke passionately about the importance of concerted effort to fight gun violence at Coney Island.

Ari Kagan


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