Working Families Party Endorsement of Todd Dobrin Could Extend Coney Island Council Race

Dobrin hopes to run in November on Working Families line — regardless of Dem primary results

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This party won’t be over in September!

Coney City Council contender Todd Dobrin hopes to carry his campaign all the way to Election Day — even if he loses the Democratic primary — now that he has the support of the Working Families Party.

The labor-backed third party has decided to give its endorsement to the union electrician and president of Friends of the Boardwalk. If the party follows up by giving him its November ballot line, that could take the race to replace term-limited Councilman Domenic Recchia (D–Coney Island) into a political game seven much to the chagrin of local Democratic leaders.

Dobrin is vying against former Council Speaker Quinn staffer John Lisyanskiy, aide to Assemblyman Bill Colton (D–Bensonhurst) Mark Treyger, and Pastor Connis Mobley of the United Community Baptist Church for the seat.

“I’m in it to win it. I got the line, I’m in it to the end,” said Dobrin.

But some Coney Dems criticized Dobrin’s determination to persevere — even suggesting that it could inadvertently give the district to Tea Party Republican candidate Andy Sullivan.

“Even though Todd has a perfect right to run, I think that once the primary is over and the people have spoken, we have to rally around the nominee,” said Democratic activist Brian Gotlieb. “We have to be sure the district remains in Democratic hands instead of siphoning off votes and potentially handing the district over to the Republicans.”

But Dobrin said he was not afraid of spoiling the race and putting Sullivan — who recently moved to the district from Bay Ridge so he would not have face a primary against another Republican — in the seat.

“I’m not that concerned with Andy Sullivan. I don’t know much about him, and I don’t know what kind of support he has here,” Dobrin said.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at
Updated 7:46 pm, June 24, 2013: The story has been updated to reflect a clarification from the Dobrin campaign that while the Working Families Party has endorsed Dobrin, the party has yet to allocate its ballot line for the November election. According to his campaign manager, Dobrin misspoke, and intended to say that if he does get the party's ballot line, he would run as the Working Families Party candidate regardless of the outcome of the Democratic primary.
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sal from coney island says:
This only goes to prove one thing.. that it is all about Todd Dobrin...
He's not for the People ...He's for Politics as usual.
When his wife & child are residents of Tamarac , Florida what does that say about his allegance to the People of the 47th District. Not Good At All.
Todd Dobrin ...All Fluff NO Substance..

More to Come...
June 21, 2013, 7:31 am
Coney Joanie from Coney says:
I hear No one has anything to fear from Tea Party candidate Andy Sullivan, unless you hire him or loan him money.
There is a reason you know nothing about him. He knows nothing about US either, Coney.
Andy Sullivan's campaign name should change from "Sullivan for NYC "to "ANDY SULLIVAN FOR ANDY SULLIVAN!" He only came to run here because he had no support in Bay Ridge.

He raised all the $ he could there. Pretty pathetic only $15K since last July! Check out the Campaign Finance website it is all there "campaign expenses" and funds raised." He took in $15K and spent $11K on things incliding McDonald's, gas and several expensive restaurants. Looks like he is in it for the matching funds to me.
June 21, 2013, 1:30 pm

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