Wild card in 45th Assembly District

School of hatrd knocks makes him the perfect candidate, sez rookie

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If you want a job done well, do it yourself.

That’s the campaign platform of a bipolar grandfather from Midwood, who’s so fed up with “pandering” one-note politicians that he’s looking to run for the state Assembly himself next month as a write-in candidate.

Retired Wall Street trader Allan Feinblum, 73, said he’d like to see topics other than same-sex rights addressed — like de-stigmatizing mental disorders, revising the national prison system, and supporting more senior centers.

“Everyone who’s running says they want to repeal gay marriage, but they’re just pandering for conservative votes,” said the maverick, whose name won’t appear on the ballot, but whom people can support by filling in his name when they cast their votes.

Feinblum’s also none too happy about incumbent Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz allegedly sidestepping the controversial mosque being built on Voorhies Avenue that’s in the lawmaker’s district, which includes Brighton Beach, Gravesend, and Manhattan Beach.

“The assemblyman’s been asked why he didn’t speak out, and he said that’s not my area,” Feinblum said, claiming that he would be involved in any issue involving civilian rights if he won. “If I was elected and it’s an issue that involves people’s rights, I don’t care where it is.”

Cymbrowitz didn’t return calls seeking comment.

Feinblum vowed to fight on for the rights of people afflicted with mental disorders.

“Recovery is possible, I am an example of that successful struggle to be fully functional,” he said.

Incarcerated folk would also have a champion in him.

“Those people are going to come out some day, and they’re not getting the treatment they need to function in society,” he said, adding that as assemblyman, he would make sure that senior centers were fully functioning as well, and stuffed with programs.

“So that retired seniors can enjoy life after giving all they had as soldiers defending our freedom overseas,” he added.

Feinblum admits he’s a wild card on a ballot that includes Independent Party candidate Ben Akselrod and Republican-Conservative Russell Gallo, but that his experience in the school of hard knocks makes him the better candidate.

“I held the same job for 30 years, I raised a family, I participated in elections, and now I’ve retired,” said the grandfather of four who has been married for 50 years. “But I’m not satisfied with my representation. I want to expose my views.”

But policy wonks think Feinblum should just throw in the towel.

“There’s a higher probability of Mars colliding with Earth than a non-party candidate winning the election,” said political analyst Hank Sheinkopf.

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.
Posted 12:00 am, October 22, 2012
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allan feinblum from midwood says:
As a member of JAC Jail Action Coalition and as a write in candidate for NYS Assemblyman from 45th Assembly District in Brooklyn , I attended NYC Council hearing on solitary confinement at rikers island the the failure by Department of corrections to plan for the release of inmates so within five years they are back into prison at a rate of 66 percent. The DOC and BOC Board of correction sent no representative and the President of Z the correctiion officers benevolent Association was not there to defend his officers from charges of abuse by sadistic guards. I pointed out Rikers has no evacuation plan in the event of a vicious predicted storm this weekend. Allan feinblum
Oct. 27, 2012, 4:59 am
allan feinblum from midwood says:
The shiny post cards keep comming in mail. Today I received a beautiful card depicting his service for our country during Iraq War. I was in US Army Reserve 1962-68 So I know the sacrifice one makes in leaving your family behind , and in my case i was married two months and I went to basic training at Fort Knox Ky and Fort Leonard Wood. The post card does not indicate he is running as Republican-Conservative. I guess that makes sense when running against an incumbent with ten years experiance and in a overwhekming Democratic area. In my case i am a write in candidate so if you want a progressive Assemblyman vs conservative politicians you will have to write my name in on paper ballot prior to placing ballot into scanner. I am for reconstructing society and its values as martin L. king Jr. said duering his years of patrotism for this country. allan feinblum
Oct. 27, 2012, 4:48 pm
allan feinblum from midwood says:
As a member of JAC Jail Action coalition i testified at a NYC Council Hearing at 250 broadway dealing with Rikers Island. In my testimony I states that a hurricane is fast approaching New York and rikers has no evacuation plan in effect . The council members listened but did not respond. The Department of corre3ctions send out a press release that everything fine and dandy but based on their allowing brutality against iunmates , many suits against luiving conditions for inmates , and the testimony i head Friday from city officials which was contrary to our famiily members experiances with their children we do not believe rikers will be preparred for this storm. Do they have enogh life jackets. Are the officers trained to evacuate in boats. i pray that I am wwrong butapparently the luives of inmates and correction officers and staff on rikers of no concern to Commissioner who is proud to describe herself as long time jailer. allan feinblum/Write in candidate NYS Assemblyman 45thAD
Oct. 28, 2012, 5:46 pm

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