Recchia Replacement Hopeful Mark Treyger Calls for Coney Island to Get Money from 2014 Superbowl Host Committee and National Football League

Treyger: People’s Playground should have gotten Superbowl bucks

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A Coney Island council candidate blasted the mayor for letting the People’s Playground get left out of a massive donation plan quarterbacked by the group bringing the Superbowl to the New York metro area.

Mark Treyger, a Democrat hoping to replace term-limited Councilman Domenic Recchia (D–Coney Island), flagged the announcement last week of a joint charity venture that would allocate more than $1 million to rehabilitate recreational areas across the five boroughs, with an emphasis on those damaged during Hurricane Sandy — because it left out Coney Island.

“I wish I could say I’m surprised, but once again the Bloomberg administration has ignored the needs of working families in Coney Island,” said the contender, a former aide to Assemblyman Bill Colton (D–Bensonhurs­t).

The funding is coming from the National Football League and the New York/New Jersey Host Committee — the entity responsible for coordinating the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium, home of the Giants and Jets — in coordination with Bloomberg charity the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.

Treyger pointed out that the announcement included just one location in Brooklyn — a football field at Boys and Girls High School in relatively unscathed Bedford-Stuyvesant — and no locations in storm-shattered Coney Island.

“When guests make donations, it’s the administra­tion’s responsibility to make sure these dollars are steered toward the neighborhoods that need them the most,” Treyger said. “Coney Island’s parks, playgrounds, and recreational spaces remain in dangerous condition.”

But the mayor’s office punted responsibility to the host committee, claiming that the selection process lay entirely in that entity’s hands. The committee said that it is still looking at donating to an additional 12 playgrounds, gyms, and sports fields, and was open to including a Coney location on that later list.

“We will seriously consider every project that is suggested to us,” said spokeswoman Alexandra Sturm.

Treyger’s Republican rival, Tea Party activist Andy Sullivan, agreed that getting a piece of the Superbowl slush fund would be a boon to the community. But he argued that it was more important to focus on reducing government regulations in order to encourage business investment in the district spanning Sodom by the Sea, Seagate, and parts of Bensonhurst and Gravesend.

“That is not a panacea, begging the mayor, or begging the NFL for crumbs,” said Sullivan. “We have to create conditions where private citizens and companies are going to want to come into the area.”

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Rob from Brooklyn says:
How can you demand a piece of donation? the arrogance and ignorance on this candidate Treyger is beyond reprehensible. Who do you think you are to start demanding or criticizing private donations? Sounds like another communist lefty like his friends at occupy wall street thinking they are entitled to everything people work hard to earn. Obviously young man lacks all and any of his own ideas to provide for the area.
Oct. 21, 2013, 8:35 am
Pat from Coney says:
Rob Lisyansky! Still bitter over finishing in last place? I heard Dobrin boasting that he beat you and Packer. Packer called and said you still owe him cash. Remember no checks! Just cash! And if money is being donated to fund Sandy recovery efforts and distributed by a joint government-private committee, then Coney Island should be on the list to get recovery money. That's the job of an speak up for their district. You are the last person who should be offering advice to anyone. Enjoy blogging for the rest of your non-existent political career. And the spa owner still has not received their cash back. Hurry up.
Oct. 21, 2013, 10:34 am

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