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Igor Oberman winning money race in District 48

Money race: Oberman outraises rivals in Council contest

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It may be a crowded race to replace Michael Nelson (D–Midwood) on the City Council, but it’s lonely at the top of the money pile.

Brighton Beach attorney and Trump Village board president Igor Oberman has distinguished himself among the four contenders for the District 48 council seat by amassing a war chest bulging with more than $85,000 — more than double the campaign contributions collected by his nearest rival.

Oberman attributes his fund-raising prowess to his deep roots in Brighton Beach, his tenure working for Borough President Markowitz, and good old fashion clean living.

“It’s all from thirty years of building relationships, and being a part of the Brighton Beach community,” said a jubilant Oberman, who has stopped campaigning for cash and started campaigning for council. “I worked for the Borough President, so people got to know me and my abilities. I’m thrilled to have this overwhelming support.”

Oberman says the generous donations he received are a result of the relationships he’s built within the community, but questions were raised about the candidate’s fund-raising ethics in an inflammatory report posted on TV4news.org, a website operated by a group of Trump Village shareholders, which stated that Oberman received several substantial donations from various company owners who received lucrative contracts for work at Trump Village.

In three thinly veiled allegations of corruption, the site posted filings from Jed Alpert, manager of Green Earth Pest Control; Salvatore Sottile, owner of Sottile Security International; and Anthony Di Russo, a master electrician with T Di Russo Electrical Contracting, all of whom donated $2,500 or more to Oberman’s campaign.

“Green [Earth] Pest Control manager pays back to Igor Oberman for an expensive project,” the website alleged in one instance, before posting Alpert’s contribution.

The candidate denied any allegations of corruption, saying that even as board president he doesn’t have the power to single-handedly select contractors to perform work at Trump Village.

“Every contract that is approved at Trump goes through a rigorous bidding process,” he explained. “I’m only one of the 13 members that votes on every single contract.”

Furthermore, Oberman says that he’s made considerable efforts to repair the damage the Trump cooperative received during Sandy, and that’s why he’s received support from some of the contractors he’s worked with to those ends.

“After Hurricane Sandy, the leadership I’ve shown has definitely made some people who have worked with me see that I have a vision of not only how I want this complex to be built, but how to revive the neighborho­od,” he said.

With $85,000 in contributions, Oberman’s campaign is poised to stride over the opposition if they can’t succeed in bridging the gap. His war chest dwarfs the second runner-up, Community Board 15 chairwoman Theresa Scavo, who has $35,000 left over from her abandoned bid for Nelson’s seat in 2009.

The chairwoman didn’t sound too concerned, however. With a fund-raiser scheduled for next week, she expects her total to grow considerably.

“About money, I’m not worried,” said a confident Scavo. “I know I have the support that I need.”

Next up in the money race is Russian-American attorney Michael Treybich with slightly over $21,000 in contributions.

Democratic district leader Ari Kagan comes in a distant fourth with a mere $104 displayed as his total on the city’s campaign finance website. But Kagan campaign manager Jake Oliver hastened to note that this miniscule figure doesn’t reflect his boss’s fund-raising capabilities, merely that he registered with the city only a few days before the most recent filing date on March 11.

“We just had a big kick off fund-raiser on Thursday with close to 200 people,” said Oliver. “The contributions are coming in and we’re confident that we’re going to show a strong filing in May.”

In other news, Councilman Nelson’s chief of operations, Chaim Deutsch, finally admitted to this paper that he is, in fact, in the running to replace his boss — making it a five-way race. He’s planning an announcement party for later this month.

Deutsch may be late to the fund-raising game, but he’s not shaking in the shadow of Oberman’s war chest.

“I’m not going to comment on Mr. Oberman’s campaign fund-raising,” said a nonchalant Deutsch. “But I can assure that my campaign will be well funded.”

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.
Updated 5:20 pm, July 9, 2018
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jerry from brighotn beach says:
Oberman can't take contributions from businesses or LLC's. It's against NYC Cam paign Finance rules.
Unless the owners of these Corporations are giving the money personally. That is perfectly legal.
No corporate checks are allowed.
April 11, 2013, 7:55 am
Boris from Sheepshead Bay says:
What the hell has Kagan done besides having a tv show? He changed his name to Ari to hide from his Russian heritage and now suddenly is proud to be Russian. Igor actually gets things done. He is not ashamed to be Russian and never changed his name for political reasons
April 11, 2013, 10:23 am
Anna from from Trump Village says:
Igor Oberman pushed his believe that he is the King of Trump Village 4. He openly abuses disabled and military vets, he starts eviction cases based on his personal retaliation feelings. He spends corporate money for his needs, built a personal garage, violates corporate By-Laws. He is sick and is afraid of people. Oberman installed a video camera on his floor for Trump Village money. And he gets contractors money for his campaign! Well done, Mr. Oberman! "Igor actually gets things done" for himself and not for his own money.
April 11, 2013, 3:17 pm
Gregory from Trump from Brighton says:
Anna ,it's hard to please everyone but our building in the best shape its ever been in 20 years I live in Trump
April 12, 2013, 5:52 am
Anna from Trump Village says:
Gregory, did you see our financial report? We have not received any up to now. So, how can you state about the best shape? Even though our reports are not very close to reality.
Thanks to us, we did not let him take $5,000,000 loan to replace elevators and $1,000,00 for a playground.
Signatures have been collected for Igor Oberman and other Board Members removal, but they just do not care about the Co-op Laws.
April 12, 2013, 7:17 am
leonid from trump says:
I'm scared to type it but I must repeat what you know alredy.
Igor Oberman got all the money from company, lawers and people who work or depend on Trump village 4.
It's time to district atorney to look in it.
SOS.
Leonid
April 12, 2013, 12:31 pm
Gregory from from Trump says:
Anna ,so thanks to you we don't get new elevators and thanks to you kids don't get new playground ? Thanks but no thanks
April 12, 2013, 6:29 pm
Margaret from Trump Village says:
I am having a hard time following Gregory's train of thought. Trump Village Section 3 has a gorgeous playground, covered garbage bins, excellent sources of income from several businesses and their board is not run by Mr. Oberman. Mr. Oberman proclaims that it takes 13 people to run the board and make decisions. Is he the next Messiah? Or are you Mr. Igor Oberman?
April 12, 2013, 10:53 pm
Michail from Trump village section 4 says:
Mr. Oberman was appointed (not elected) to be the Board President in 2012. Since then we live under dictatorship. People, who dare to have their own opinion or simply ask questions, are prosecuted by Mr. Oberman. He is trying to evict people .Mr. Oberman afraid of people who disagree with him. You could even read about it in NYpost (April 8, 2013).
Dear Mr. Gregory , do you know how many of you neighbors at Housing Court right now? Do you know how much it cost to our coop to pay for these cases? We all pay for Mr. Oberman’s dream to be a political.
As a shareholder, I want to respect the Board President and not to be afraid of him.
April 13, 2013, 11:25 am
shrink from Brighton says:
Someone will run out of fake names pretty soon)
April 13, 2013, 3:35 pm
shrink from Brighton says:
Someone will run out of fake names pretty soon)
April 13, 2013, 3:35 pm
Margaret from Trump Village says:
Mr. Shrink from Brighton Beach, use your real name. My name is Margaret and I am not afraid to write about TV section 4. I feel sorry for Leonid, who is writing in fear. I don't know where you grew up Mr. Shrink, but in America, we are allowed to express our thoughts on paper or via email as long as they don't contain slander, threats, or fowl language. What are you afraid of? Maybe you need more medication to actually state your real name, b/c the paranoia of using a tag name can be easily cured at the Coney Island Inpatient Psych Unit. It is working post Sandy now and you might qualify.
April 14, 2013, 4:09 pm
Michail from Trump Village section 4 says:
I understand why Leonid is writing in fear. He lives in Trump Village sec. 4 were Mr. Oberman is trying to throw people on the street if they express their opinion. Mr. Oberman is abusing the power of being a Board President against disabled people, a war veteran, seniors, and long term employees. It is not a rumor. All these cases are in the Housing and Supreme Court right now. Do not vote for Mr.Oberman or he will get even more power to discriminate and harass people.
April 14, 2013, 6:39 pm
Margaret from Trump Village says:
You are correct Michail. Leonid is one of many that Mr. Oberman has used his IRON FIST with probably. Why doesn't Shrink from Brighton Beach google Pierre Wyatt and see how he was fired by Mr. Oberman from the union after 25 years of service.
I dare The Shrink to reveal his identity, since this is AMERICA
April 14, 2013, 7:29 pm

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