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Carlo cashes in: Scissura breaks fundraising records

A Beep in training: Carlo Scissura (right) presented a proclamation to Prospect Park Alliance President Emily Lloyd for his boss, Borough President Markowitz, last November. Scissura has more than $100,000 raised for his 2013 run for Borough President — even though no one is challenging him.
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Carlo Scissura doesn’t have an opponent in his race to replace Borough President Markowitz — but he’s already shattering fundraising records.

Scissura pocketed a cool $127,000 in his first 100 days as a candidate — the fastest of any Brooklyn Borough Hall hopeful in history, according to the City Campaign Finance Board.

“I am not taking any chances,” Scissura said. “I expect this to be a very, very competitive Democratic primary.”

The primary is still a year and a half away, so no one besides Scissura has announced a run, although political insiders say state Sen. Eric Adams (D–Fort Greene) and Assemblyman Nick Perry (D–Flatbush) are possible democratic challengers for the seat. Scissura was Borough President Markowitz’s chief of staff before stepping down last year to serve as the beep’s senior advisor — where he oversees projects like the revitalization of Fourth Avenue.

Scissura’s biggest donors hail from Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst, including Villabate Alba bakery on 18th Avenue, which coughed up $15,400, and four employees at Giuffre, the automotive giant that owns several car dealerships in Bay Ridge. Giuffre employees forked over $15,400 to Scissura’s campaign — all of them donating the maximum $3,850. A car dealership in Manhattan also gave $500.

The car connection rankled some bike advocates, who questioned whether the cash would influence Scissura’s decision-making as the Fourth Avenue Revitalization plan moves forward.

“There’s always a quid pro quo [in donating to politicians], otherwise why would they be giving it?” said Bay Ridge bike lane guru Bob Cassara.

But Scissura insists that he’s a pedaler at heart, and denied the contributions were tied to the Fourth Avenue makeover which will likely see more pedestrian safety measures.

“I am a supporter of bike lanes. I own a bike. I ride a bike,” he said. “In the next decade you are going to see a lot more bike lanes in Brooklyn and throughout the city.”

Reach reporter Dan MacLeod at dmacleod@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow his tweets at twitter.com/dsmacleod.

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