Louis Jerome to Become Fourth Candidate to Announce Campaign for Councilman Domenic Recchia’s Seat

Four candidates now vying for Recchia seat

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And then there were four!

Democratic leaders say Louis Jerome, scion of a family of Manhattan real estate owners and Democratic Party donors, is about to jump into the race to replace term-limited City Councilman Domenic Recchia (D-Coney Island) — pitting him against three other already-declared candidates in the primary race.

“He’s going to announce in just a couple of days,” said a state legislator close to Jerome, lauding the 28-year-old’s personality. “He’s a great guy, great people skills, and he’ll do a great job.”

Jerome has yet to file with the city or state, leaving him far behind Assemblyman Bill Colton (D-Bensonhurst) aide Mark Treyger, Christine Quinn staffer John Lisyanskiy, and neighborhood activist Todd Dobrin, who have already declared their intentions to run for the seat that represents Coney Island, Seagate, Gravesend, and parts of Bensonhurst. But leading Democrats noted the wealth of Jerome’s family — which owns 75 Broad Street, near the New York Stock Exchange, among other valuable properties — will give him a distinct advantage when it comes to funding.

“This kid was driving a Ferrari when he was 20 years old,” a party insider said. “He’s always wanted to be in the City Council, and he’s going to spend whatever it takes to win.”

The Jeromes have long been generous to Recchia, who hopes to challenge Staten Island’s Michael Grimm for his seat in Congress in 2014.

The family has given the outgoing councilman more than $27,000 toward his various campaigns — including $8,415 that Louis Jerome has donated personally. Additionally, the Sephardic Community Center at the corner of Ocean Parkway and Avenue S — where Louis’s father, Joseph Jerome, and his grandfather, Morris Bailey, sit on the board — paid for a notice in the New York Times when Recchia’s father died in 2006.

Neither Recchia nor Jerome would comment for this story.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at twitter.com/WillBredderman.

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sal from coney island says:
This is exactly what the trouble is with the CORRUPTION OF THE NYC COUNCIL & ALBANY.
Louis Jerome & his father Joseph Jerome will try to BUY this seat.
Besides Recchia getting these large contributions from the Jerome family & friends , I wonder what other deals have been made by Recchia with the Jeromes ?
Not only that , Joseph Jerome , whose Real Estate Empire owns the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City are the point people who are running the campaign against gambling coming to Coney Island. What a laugh !
It was just reported that AC has lost 27 % in revenue in 202. Resorts Casino itself lost over $ 7.2 million in 2012.
Let's face it , Recchia wants to keep the money coming to his friends , so he's selling out the Coney Island residents & Community for his own benefit.
The residents are much smarter that that.
This Council seat IS NOT FOR SALE & Can't be bought.
Let the games begin ! Game On !
April 5, 2013, 8:41 am
Carl from Gravesend says:
These people think that everyone and anything is for sale well they are in for a big surprise! People are sick and tired of those likes of Sitt and Co. coming here and gentrifying our neighborhoods. This Jerome kid will get his ass kicked back to 10022. In light of what we are reading in papers these days it is quite clear that those with self serving personal interest have no place in government and should be denied any opportunity of elective office. It is evident that the case here is just that. Recchia is making a big mistake and damaging his reputation that many including truly yours here once thought was solid. If he cares about our neighborhoods and our future as well as his future he should immediately distance himself as far away as possible from this kid billionaire. Who in their right mind will ever vote for something like that? And Recchia wants our votes for congress? he can fougetaboutit.
April 5, 2013, 11:41 am
jerry from brighton beach says:
To Carl : If you don't know Recchia has given over $ 800,000 to the Sephardic Community Center in just the last 3 years..2010,2011 & 2012.In over 12 years it must be in the millions. The Jerome's are on the Board of Directors of this Community Center, which I may say, only services the Sephardic Community.
I pass by this Center on Ocean Parkway & Ave. S everyday & I have never seen any Africa-Americans , Latinos ever go into the Center, except for the porters who work at the Center.
Recchia has only thrown the Coney Island resident "bones" over the years.
In addition , this very wealthy Louis Jerome can't relate to the issues of the residents of Coney Island. He didn't lose power from hurricane Sandy , unless he lost power at his estate in Deal NJ. There are people still in Coney Island who still don't have elevator service.
In addition ,Louis Jerome isn't in the 1% (out of the 99%) , he is in the 1/2 % out of the 99%. After all , when I was 20 years old , I didn't even have a car , nevermind a Ferrari.
Recchia is supporting this RICH KID just for the money they can contribute to his Congressional race.
Voting for Louis Jerome...Survey says..NO !
More to come...
April 5, 2013, 12:24 pm
Afraid from Coney Island says:
My relative works for a nonprofit based in Coney Island and was told by Mr Reccia that they must help this Louis person if they want to keep getting funded. People are being bullied not helped by Reccia. I can't wait until he leaves because we feel we are being kept in bondage by his threats
April 5, 2013, 12:50 pm
jerry from brighton beach says:
To Afraid : So true ! So true !
Recchia is a BIG BULLY. I have seen him in action.
What do they say " Birds of a feather , flock together .."
Louis Jerome will be the same BULLY.
He's the same song , different verse.
April 5, 2013, 1:11 pm
Sergio from Coney Island says:
And what exactly is this guy Jerome bringing to the table? how is he qualified to be our representative? driving a Ferrari flying high and buying non-profit groups in Coney is not a prerequisite in case no one told him. And to the State Legislator who said “He’s a great guy, great people skills, and he’ll do a great job” - great guy and great people skills will not serve the needs of our communities, and his black sounding name certainly will not fool the people who are eager to get a representative who will be a fighter and get results for us. My advise is run and hide!
April 5, 2013, 3:28 pm
carolyn from coney island says:
lois jerome is being supported by reccia and greenfield, two the most corrupt politicians in our city.if he is a smart guy, he should run away from them.soon you will read about them in new york post. they are being watched by some agency. they will rat in jail. lois, you will never win this race. instead, separate yourself from these two clowns and join a political club, work hard to improve our district, and then, in 8 years, try to run. also, dont be afraid to publish your picture. dont pretend to be black, we all know who you are.soon coney island will see you. and leave your ferrari behind.
April 5, 2013, 6:45 pm
Irina from Coney Island says:
We need to let our friends and neighbors know what is going on. The Recchia and Louis Jerome crew is spreading out in the neighborhood and promising that if you sell out & vote for Louis Jerome your non profit will be swimming in money. They are conspiring to screw the people of Coney Island and sell out to big money developers. Heck, Little Louis and his family ARE the big money developers.
April 6, 2013, 9:50 am
20 and driving a Ferrari, this makes Louis Jerome qualified to run and be elected to the City Council? Give me a break. He's part of the Sitt dynasty and that, in its self is enough for me not to vote for him. I know 2 of the other candidates who have worked for the ENTIRE district for years and Jerome isn't one of them. The 3rd candidate is a Christine Quinn lackey and won't get my vote either. What has Jerome done for the district outside of what he may have done in his own small community? I'm tired of seeing elected seats going to the wealthy for self service. $800,000 was given by Recchia to the Sephardic Community but what has been given to the other communities in this District, very little I can guarantee you. I hope all of you spread the word in your communities that a vote for Louis Jerome is a vote for big real estate deveopers and not for the people in this district who work hard everyday and deserve better representation on the City Council.
April 6, 2013, 3:15 pm
James from Atlantic City says:
Morris Bailey, Louie's grandpa is hated by workers down here in Atlantic City after what his company did to workers in Resorts Casino. They have depressed workers here and plan to do the same up there in Coney Island. They exploit impoverished areas for profit.
April 6, 2013, 9:17 pm
Silvia from Coney Island says:
Money talks. Unfortunately lately it talks louder and louder. Everyone knows what is all about but every election proves that money really talks. Maybe it is time to put an end on it.
April 7, 2013, 7:38 pm
carolyn from coney island says:
i am aware that many people in our district are being afraid of reccia, greenfield and krasniy. non - profit,churches, synagogs, cinior citizen centers are nervous, on one hand they look at reccia and afraid of him. but they also feel that reccia power is fading away.if they vote for reccia guy and he looses, then , the winner will look at them and laugh in their face. i am ashamed to live in america, where votes are for sale, like in north korrea.
April 7, 2013, 11:12 pm
will b from NYC says:
this article is complete ludicrous, driving a Ferrari at 20? thats what you include in a article? speak about another topic, speak about how maybe Louis was a hard worker his entire life, speak about how he graduated NYU, speak about how eager and willing he is to help each and every person in this district.

STOP TRYING TO TAKE DOWN A MAN BECAUSE OF THE SIZE OF HIS POCKET. Working hard and putting more time in than a regular 9-5 is not forced, this young man worked and let the readers know that. I support L. Jerome and you should too.

Pathetic how people bring down a person because he is wealthy!!!??, i am sorry that your relatives did not put the hours in.

WIll you should never be able to write again after this article.
April 7, 2013, 11:34 pm
sal from coney island says:
@ Will B from NYC : You are dead wrong ! The only reason for this Louis Jerome running is that his old man & grandfather have very deep pockets.
Louis Jerome pushes a pencil for his father's Real Estate empire. He hasn't put a hard days work in his life.
Driving a fancy car isn't exactly work. He's a party boy !
More to come....
April 8, 2013, 7:21 am
Irina from Coney Island says:
Will B, you are barking up the wrong tree. There are indeed wealthy people who can walk among the masses and improve the world. The late Brooke Astor was a shining example. But Little Louis Jerome sure ain't Brooke Astor. Oh, unless you count the zillions that he and his family have already donated to their own super rich brethren. By the way, many of us do "put the hours in" and our parents did too. Some of us in Coney Island not only graduated college, but we have advanced degrees. And even with that, we have to work not one, but two jobs to provide for our families.

Loads and loads of people in Coney Island are trying to help their fellow humans by doing mountains of volunteer work, and have been doing so, non stop for decades. So I guess by your criteria, all of us are far more qualified for elective office than Louis Jerome. The only difference is that we do not have a family fortune to finance our vanity campaign.

People are not stupid. They read. They search the internet. We know all about Little Louis Jerome. His millions won't be able to buy our votes.
April 8, 2013, 8:59 am
Mike from Coney says:
How could he ever relate to us? This is another Bloomberg type deeply out of touch with residents of this city. Makes all the sense why they would try and keep the Casinos out of Coney which would bring us thousands of desperately needed jobs. They do not want the competition for their Casino interests they are invested in. Now they will try and build luxury housing and get more people squeezed out and pushed out of our neighborhoods. This guy will hear it as soon as he even tries to step a foot into Coney. WE ARE NOT FOR SALE! Take your ferraris and stay as far away as you can. TO Will B, "maybe Louis was a hard worker his entire life" MAYBE NOT! helping people? how when and where? where was he when people were suffering after Sandy? partying in Miami? Ludicrous is this guy Jerome even thinking he could ever win this seat.
April 8, 2013, 1:41 pm
carolyn from coney island says:
ask yourself a question why sephardic jews want to spend a million dollars for a city council seat? i intend to write a letter to new york attorney general to investigate why the sephardic community is getting our taxpayer money ,when they give councilman greenfeld 300000 dollars a year as a lobbyist?
April 8, 2013, 9:47 pm
Dov from Midwood says:
Greenfield is a disgrace to his people and Tora.Even in politics there are limits. Many people in haredi community don't like him for his dirty tricks and foul mouth. People should demand that he must be investigated.
April 9, 2013, 6:23 am
Eugene from Seagate says:
I was told that Jerome earned the support of Recchia Brook Krasny and Greenfield. I believe Lisyanskiy is a phony and cry baby. He spent years kissing up to leaders while Jerome worked to improve his community.
April 9, 2013, 9:53 am
carolyn from coney island says:
the only person we are willing to support in coney is a great community organizer and effective leader bryan gottlib. where are you , bryan? we need you to represent us , not slick lisyanskiy.
April 9, 2013, 3:29 pm
Terrence from Marlboro Houses says:
Lisyanskiy shmuck is a frontrunner? Give me a break. My men Jerome Lois spends 150 000 dollars a night in Atlantic city.I was with him two weeks ago. So, Lisyanskiy, your game is over. My men will buy you.
April 9, 2013, 4:34 pm
Yakov from Brighton Beach says:
First, Lisyanskiy spoke highly about Greenfield and Reccia. Now he badmouth them to his supporters. At his last fundraising he was overheard saying after his succsessful election he will never support Reccia and Greenfield for higher office.Now he works very hard to get endorsment from Dov Hikin who is very important person in Bensenhurst.
April 9, 2013, 10:36 pm
Sal from Coney Island says:
John,whenever I look at you. I see in font of me Christine Bloomberg Quinn. From now on you will be called John Lisyanskiy Quinn.
April 10, 2013, 6:15 am
jerry from brighotn beach says:
@ John Lisyanskiy : How does it feel to be thrown under the bus ,by your good friends Recchia, Greenfield & Quinn ?
This isn't the first time the Gang of Three has thrown their friends under the bus.
They are the bottom feeders of the political elite in the NYC Council.
April 10, 2013, 9:27 am
sal from coney island says:
If you guys haven't heard : Louis Jerome IS OPTING OUT OF THE RACE FOR CITY COUNCIL.
I guess if Louis put his hat into the ring , it would have opened a Pandora box for him, his old man Joseph & his grandfather. Louis would have to answer questions about the family interests in the Resorts Casino in AC & their campaign against gambling coming to Coney Island.
He would also have to answer to why Domenic Recchia has given over $ 800,000 in the last 3 years alone to the Sephardic Community Center ( where he & his family are on the Board....In fact the Center is named after his gradnfather Bailey) while Coney Island residents only get the bones that Recchia throws them for services & projects.
This still won't change the issues with Recchia and his run for Congress. He has a lot to answer to his constituents.
Louis Jerome will now start a PAC to get money to feed the Recchia machine for Congress.
More to come...
April 10, 2013, 2:51 pm
Marina from West 5 street says:
Yakov, I have the same information from Lisyanskiy campaign people that he is negotiating with one of the most powerful politician in Brooklyn Dov Hikin. If this correct, I feel that John will improve his chances.Lisyanskiy told his team that he can't stand Greenfield, and together with Hikin he wants to oust Greenfield.
April 10, 2013, 3:19 pm
Yakov from Brighton Beach says:
I just read a commentary on another article about Lois Jerome for council , critisizing John Lisyansky for smoking pot. This lady Lora was present at Ari Kagan fundraizins in National restaurant and Ari was telling som people that Lisyanskiy became paranoic and scizofrenik . People in Warbass are worried and they want explanation from John
April 12, 2013, 3:53 pm
Svetlana from Warbass Houses says:
Davidson Radio has reported that Lisyanskiy campaign is in a very difficult situation, and his advisers are urging him to leave the race. I don't know where this information is com in from, we need explanation from John.
April 19, 2013, 6:49 am

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