Developers weigh in on Coney Council race

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Two developer-backed groups supporting Coney council candidate Mark Treyger have launched an ad campaign blasting his rival, John Lisyanskiy, for what they claim are crooked fund-raising practices.

The Small Business Coalition — founded by Louis Jerome, scion of a family of Manhattan property owners — began running ads attacking Lisyanskiy last week on sites like The online spots refer to the council hopeful as “Shady John Lisyanskiy,” and blast him for accepting a donation from the mother of a Brighton Beach restaurant owner arrested in May for allegedly bilking millions from people through a phony debt-relief agency.

The web ad claims: “Some of that stolen money made its way to Shady John Lisyanskiy and his campaign for City Council.”

Lisyanskiy acknowledged that he received a single $250 donation of the mother of the accused, but pointed out that she was never charged with any crime.

“What did she do wrong? That her son got tied up in an incident? She was not indicted,” said the Ukrainian-born candidate.

Pressed to back up its allegation that the $250 Lisyanskiy received from the woman was stolen, the Small Business Coalition claimed that the accused scam artist used some of his ill-gotten gains to pay his mother’s debts.

“The fact is that John Lisyanskiy has accepted some questionable contributions, including from those who benefitted from an alleged multi-million dollar scam,” said Coalition spokesman John Eddy.

Lisyanskiy also sent us images of a mailer he claims were sent out by the Real Estate Board of New York — through its electoral arm, the Jobs 4 New York Political Action Committee. The flyer’s title is “John Lisyanskiy’s Campaign Depends. On Tax Dodgers,” and alleges that the candidate took money from a donor who owes more than $5 million in back taxes.

“If John Lisyanskiy associates with tax dodgers, can we trust him to manage taxpayer dollars in the City Council?” the mailer reads. “The answer is clear: We can’t trust him.”

A Real Estate Board spokesman said that the shadowy figure on the mailer represents Evgeny Freidman, head of Taxi Club Management, one of the largest yellow cab operations in the city. Freidman gave Lisyanskiy’s campaign $2,750 — the maximum allowable amount. New York State issued a $790,000 lien against Freidman in 2009, and an $8,000,000 one in 2010. State records show both have since been paid. Freidman could not be reached for comment.

Lisyanskiy dismissed the attack as absurd.

“Gene’s a friend, he’s a supporter, and I did not ask him if he paid his taxes,” the candidate said.

Lisyanskiy demanded that Treyger condemn the twin ad campaigns.

“What kind of progressive Democrat is he if he doesn’t denounce this?” Lisyanskiy said.

But Treyger’s team said they had no involvement in the attack pieces, could not stop them.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him
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Inga from Sheepshead Bay says:
I am not a big fan of John but lets get the record straight. The coalition run by a golden boy from the family that buys politicians back and fourth is criticizing John. Give me a break. These two organizations are filled with money from the wealthiest people with special interests. In our district, 48, people get tons of mail for Kagan paid by these two PACs. NYC Finance Board listed how much Jobs for NY is spending for each candidate. Almost $200,000 for Kagan? Why? What for? Anyone knows? To me it looks very suspicious. Especially in our area-Southern Brooklyn. People from 47 you should check who and for how much is supported in your district. Are we for sale?
Sept. 5, 2013, 7:44 am
Derek from Coney Island says:
Total Amount Spent on Mark Treyger by the outside Special interest Groups: $255,913.38,%20Mark
Sept. 5, 2013, 8:49 am
Brian from COney says:
Treyger is a desperate coward from Bergen Beach. Opportunistic scum -- our people deserve better!
Sept. 5, 2013, 8:52 am
Eddie from Coney Island says:
Only one who is desperate and sick is Lisansky. Operation Kiss Ass to elected officials and community leaders failed and now he has started operation scream and yell at everyone who is not with him. I guess there's lots of screaming going on. I respect my Assemblyman Krasny for rejecting Lisanskys crazy behavior
Sept. 5, 2013, 10:10 am
Jake from Brighton says:
They could not stop them? Because they SOLD OUT! Brooklyn power brokers made the deals, and now own BERGEN BEACH CAT TREYGER! Twisted all the electeds in town to support this cat. See some of his endorsers he has never met in person. TREYGER practices politics of "Government of Corporations, by corporations, for Corporations!" Stay away people!
Sept. 5, 2013, 11:02 am
Keith from Coney Island says:
Are you calling my congressman and assemblyman corrupt? I trust them and their opinion more than I will ever believe Lesyansky. Even Dobin doesn't like him
Sept. 5, 2013, 12:17 pm
Inga from sheepshead bay says:
As someone who started these comments, I would like to answer Eddi from Coney Island. Nobody calls your Congressmen and your Assemblymen corrupt. People are smart enough not to accuse others without a reason. But I believe that you watch TV and read newspapers and latest scandals are nothing but indication that money talks or to be exact screams. It is forgotten that elected officials are our servants not vise versa. We have an upcoming election where we, in 47, have to choose between emotionally unstable person, servant of corporations and establishment and someone who is nothing but an empty suit. The choice is ours. It seems to me that smart and decent people do not even bother to run. Very sad. The same situation is in 48. The only candidate with experience and knowledge (Deutsch) is being accused of everything possible. Shame. I would expect an honest candidate to denounce such practice but Treyger and Kagan keep quiet. As I sad before money screams!
Sept. 5, 2013, 3:53 pm
Inga from sheepshead bay says:
Sorry, I meant to answer to Keith
Sept. 5, 2013, 3:54 pm
Inga from sheepshead bay says:
Sorry, I meant to answer to Keith, not Eddi
Sept. 5, 2013, 3:55 pm
galina from midwood says:
Both Arkady this is maiden name of Ari and Mark are puppet of this show.
Let's voter's decide who Will be our next councilman.
Don't sell yourself.
This is must be our choice., not their.
Sept. 6, 2013, 6:18 am
George from Coney Island says:
Mark's a sell out that will act as a puppet of Bill Colton ad the Real estate Board of New york! If Mark Treyger gets elected, our community will be sold to the greedy Real Estate developers!
Don't let our community be demolished!
Chose the candidate that will fight for our needs and not the needs of the greedy real estate developers!
Sept. 6, 2013, 11:13 am
Justin from Brighton Beach says:
I'm voting for the kid running in the 48th. He seems to be the only adult in that race even though he's like 26 or 28 or something like that. Plus he speaks to a lot of the community's issues.
Sept. 7, 2013, 9:13 pm
Pat from Brighton says:
John, Seva Kaplan on the radio told you to give the money you took from corrupt people back to them. Did you do it? I want all the readers to go to website "SHADYJOHN.COM. Can we trust John Lisyanskiy? Your carrier is over, John. Look for a job.
Sept. 9, 2013, 3:37 pm
Ella from Bensonhurst says:
Urgent! Urgent! Urgent!

Sources have confirmed that John Lisyanskiys campaign were calling Russian people and giving them wrong information for where to go to vote tomorrow. This is despicable on John's part. It shows the voters what a desperate and sick man is capable if doing.

Sept. 9, 2013, 5:26 pm

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