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Councilman Lew Fidler (D–Marine Park) announced his long-anticipated candidacy for state Senate on Monday — taking a few swings at borough Republican leaders who vowed to bankroll GOP challenger David Storobin in the upcoming race for disgraced Democrat Carl Kruger’s seat.

“Republicans said they want to turn Southern Brooklyn red,” Fidler told more than 100 supporters in a ten-minute stump speech on the steps of City Hall — which is more than ten miles away from the heart of the district that stretches from Brighton Beach to Bergen Beach. “That’s not going to happen.”

Fidler, armed with a list of 266 community, civic and religious leaders declaring their support — a list that included more than 20 current and former democratic elected officials — promised to use common sense and chutzpah to fight for affordable housing and lower property taxes in Albany, and win back voters who feel betrayed by the notoriously dysfunctional senate.

“In my campaign, the people come first,” Fidler said. “I have always viewed representing the people as a unique privilege, and a public trust that may not be breached.”

Fidler’s list of supporters includes former Mayor Ed Koch, who helped Rep. Bob Turner (R–Sheepshead Bay) get elected by fueling the candidate’s anti-President Obama, pro-Isreal platform. Kruger’s district was considered a democratic stronghold until last year, when 66 percent of voters chose Turner over Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Queens) to replace former democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned after a cybersex scandal.

Fidler’s announcement ended months of speculation that he would run for the seat Kruger gave up last month after tearfully pleading guilty to accepting $1 million in bribes from deep-pocketed lobbyists in exchange for his help on legislative matters.

Fidler had been eyeing the seat since Kruger was indicted on corruption charges, and has more than $331,000 in his war chest for the March 20 special election, according to his most recent fundraising report.

Storobin hasn’t told the Board of Elections how much money he’s raised, but insiders told the Politicker blog that he already has $120,000 in the bank. GOP leaders have pledged to kick in hundreds of thousands more to send the Brighton Beach attorney to Albany in the hopes that it will help them win southern Brooklyn.

Republicans wasted no time slamming Fidler, who they call a political insider, for launching his campaign alongside other elected officials in Manhattan — unlike Storobin, who announced his bid at a party on Coney Island Avenue. There were only two elected officials at Storobin’s side at his campaign kick-off: state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) and Craig Eaton, chairman of the Kings County Republican County Committee.

“The last thing the residents of Brooklyn need after Carl Kruger resigned in disgrace is another politician who is more comfortable with his political cronies [than] he is with regular people,” said senate Republican spokesman Scott Reif.

Fidler scoffed at Reif’s claim.

“I’m not surprised senate Republicans don’t recognize civic and religious leaders from Brooklyn,” he said, referring to the men and women behind him. “I guess they haven’t seen them before.”

Fidler’s fans agreed, saying the lawmaker has earned his front-runner status.

“[Fidler] works very hard,” said Brighton Beach resident Ari Kagan. “[He] knows the issues and cares about his constituen­ts.”

Reach reporter Daniel Bush at dbush@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow him at twitter.com/dan_bush.

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Marilyn from Shpshd Bay says:
Aren't these some of Lew's good friends? Open your eyes to the truth abt Fidler. Baaaaddd.
http://politicsinbrooklyn.blogspot.com/
2012/01/inside-look-at-thomas-jef...
Jan. 17, 2012, 10:34 am
FRIEND from BROOKLYN says:
FIDLER RIPPED EIGHTY GRAND FROM NY TAXPAYERS. THIS IS FROM THE DAILY NEWS.

Stop the money grabs: Greedy pols are taking public campaign funds they don't need

BY EDITORIALS

DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Saturday, September 11, 2010

New York City has among the most generous programs for publicly financing political campaigns and, wouldn't you know it, the taxpayers are getting hammered.

The Campaign Finance Board sends check to candidates who abide by contribution limits as a way to diminish the power of moneyed special interests and to make it easier to run for office.

But what happens when a candidate has little or no opposition? Too often, they file for checks and find over-the-top, unnecessary ways to spend the money.

In last year's primary, 10 candidates (nine of them incumbents) won with more than 60% of the vote, yet they got a total of $802,498 in tax dollars for their no-contest contests.

The worst of the bunch was Brooklyn Democratic Councilman Lew Fidler, who worked the system for $88,550 on the claim that he had a tough GOP challenger - and wound up winning with 81% of the vote.

Now, the campaign board is proposing to increase existing restrictions on payments to candidates whose opponents lag in private fund-raising. That's a start. The board simply needs to tell graspers like Fidler to get lost.
Jan. 17, 2012, 12:30 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
The two previous letters are perfect examples of what is wrong with our political system today.

Another example is Gov. Cuomo stating yesterday that the State cannot afford to maintain the level fringe benefits for municipal workers.
Does that include him and his appointees???

While in the midst of one of the worst economic recessions since the Great Depression, New York City and New York State's appointed officials have received 17% in pay increases while attempting to renegotiate municipal contracts to reduce union labor benefits.

We, the taxpayers, need to go back to the basics and vote out the incumbents until they clearly understand and fulfill their job description, i.e. serving the taxpayers who in turn pay for their standard of living
Let's start sending this message to our elected officials this November.
Jan. 17, 2012, 1:31 pm
Maggie from Gerritsen Beach says:
Lew Fidler sleeps with corrupt Dem leader, Vito Lopez--who, by the way, endorsed Fidler. Read up on Lopez at google. He is unprincipled and dishonest, according to a federal investigation.
And has Lew Fidler returned the $88,550 campaign money he accepted back in 2009, thinking he'd have strong competition at an election--an election that he won overwhelmingly. NO, he has not returned the campaign money!!! I believe Fidler is no better than Carl Kruger, who was proven to be a crook.
Jan. 18, 2012, 2:21 pm
Mario from Brooklyn says:
Yes, Lew Fidler attends many civic meetings and schmoozes with us common folks, but does he actually help when constituents need help with their personal problems re government. No! No!
Yeah, he smiles and listens, then goes his own way, unhelpful. The Marine Park bocci courts have needed fixing up for the past few years. The wood is crumbling. Fidler listened to the bocci players, but has done nothing to get the ball rolling down fixed-up courts.
Jan. 19, 2012, 12:25 pm
beatrice from mill basin says:
And I am still waiting for the return of the BM1 bus stop on Ave T and Mill Avenue. Going on three years and this so-called politician (Alan Maisal too) can't get out of their own way. The two of them are a disgrace and are totally useless. I see no need for these people to represent me, for the simple fact, they DON'T represent me.
Jan. 19, 2012, 12:55 pm
Allen from Old Mill Basin says:
Lew Fidler is despicable.

He needs to denounce the likes of Frank Seddio who calls indicted Carl Kruger an honest broker, must be because he got some cold-cash in exchange and Lew from Brooklyn must return Carl Kruger's cold-cash now.

http://politicsinbrooklyn.blogspot.com/2012/01/breaking-news-indicted-ex-state-senator.html
Jan. 20, 2012, 12:57 pm

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