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Well, at least it’s all in the family.

Community Board 14 member Kalman Yeger, who announced last week he is running for the Council, is slamming his cousin-in-law and competitor for the seat, incumbent Councilman Chaim Deutsch, claiming he makes too much money from his private real estate to be an effective member of the city’s legislative body.

“He’s one of the few council members who earns an outside income … while we are paying him to do a job,” said Yeger during a phone call on June 13. “It’s an outrage we are being ripped off.”

The well-connected Yeger is backed by Councilman David Greenfield (D–Borough Park), Councilman Alan Maisel (D–Marine Park) and former Councilman Lew Fidler. Yeger held a fund-raiser last month and has $84,615 in the bank for his campaign to oust the man who is married to Yeger’s cousin Sara.

In 2012, Yeger worked on Simcha Felder’s campaign for the state Senate, and was the executive director Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer campaign for mayor in 2005. His wife, Jennie Berger, works for Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Right now, Yeger is as an attorney, and manages Greenfield’s two campaign accounts, one for city elections and another for state, but he pledged to quit his job if elected.

“I am giving up my outside income, 100 percent,” he said.

Deutsch, who has so far raised $73,640, according to city records, said he isn’t worried about his cousin’s run, and is confident his record as councilman will get him reelected.

“We live in a democracy where anyone is entitled to run for public office,” he said. “I have a proven record of results and I look forward to continuing to work for the 48th district in my second term.”

Ortiz eyes Council

Veteran Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (D–Sunset Park) is angling to give up his more than 20 years in Albany and his gig as Assistant Speaker for a pay raise in the Council — eyeing freshman Councilman Carlos Menchaca’s (D–Sunset Park) seat, registering as a candidate on June 7, city records show.

Ortiz, who wouldn’t comment for this article, claiming he would speak to us when he is back from Albany on Friday, joins a hotly contested race which also includes former Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez, the former Assemblyman Javier Nieves (whom Ortiz succeeded), and Sunset Park attorney Delvis Valdes.

Menchaca — who has drawn ire from a handful of pols for what they claim are his anti-Israel positions — has the most in campaign coffers with $83,439, Gonzalez has $49,145, Valdes has $31,842, Nieves has $4,270, and Ortiz has not filed any contributions yet, according to city records.

If it comes down to Ortiz verses Menchaca, one insider says Ortiz would put up a tough fight — even for an incumbent.

“If two of them drop out for Felix, that would be a real challenge for Carlos,” said district leader Nick Rizzo. “Felix has certainly been around the district longer than Carlos has.”

But Menchaca’s record in the community as a supporter for immigrant and working class families is unmatched, said his campaign spokesman.

“After a decade of dysfunction, Councilmember Menchaca is giving a voice to working families, immigrants, and seniors in City Hall and delivering the resources we need,” said Matthew Rey. “Carlos has been unafraid to stand up to real estate developers and wealthy special interests, and is proud to have secured three new public elementary schools and Universal pre-K.”

Red scare

The local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America — who have endorsed Khader El-Yateem for Councilman Vincent Gentile’s Bay Ridge seat — accused his Republican opponent Bob Capano of igniting a red scare after he charged that El-Yateem’s radical views “are out of touch with Brooklyn and the nation.”

About 100 Democratic Socialists canvassed for El-Yateem last weekend, and a few days later, Capano sent out a press release calling on El-Yateem’s fellow Democrats to denounce his “socialist beliefs.”

But leaders of the New York City chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America fired back, accusing Capano of communist fear mongering and of being out of touch with the needs of voters — noting that Bay Ridgites voted for Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton 3,986 to 3,441 in the April Democratic primary.

“These comments, in a district that democratic socialist Bernie Sanders won in 2016, show just how out of touch Trump’s Republicans are with the residents of South Brooklyn,” said the group’s co-chairman Zelig Stern. “Capano should turn off Fox News and step into the real world — anyone who thinks that the status quo is working is delusional.”

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 4:55 pm, June 15, 2017
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B.S. from Coney Island says:
As far as I'm concerned, it's disgraceful that Yeger is accusing Deutsch of not being there for the community. I'm at all the local meetings - so is Deutsch! I've called his cell phone for help at 10pm - he answers!

Yeger sounds like a hanger-on who is desperate to gain fame from his relatives success. I hope he realizes it won't work.
June 15, 2017, 5:53 am
Sofia from Sheepshead Bay says:
When people have no record to run on, they speak nonsense. Councilman Deutsch has one of the busiest office in NYC and his attendance is 97%. BTW these numbers are public information and Yeger's BS is nothing but an indication of his dishonesty.
June 15, 2017, 6:47 am
Jay from Bay says:
Hi Julianne, you appear to have some trolls on this site. Every time you write an article about Deutsch and Yeger, these two, BS (ain't that right!) and Sofia pop up like clockwork. I mention clockwork, because their comments were posted at 5:53am and 6:47am respectively which is within hours of the article going up and when normal people are either sleeping or preparing for their families. These two apparent trolls comment on *every* site, including KCP, to defend Deutsch from the littlest criticism which begs the question, is Deutsch employing trolls on his campaign?
June 15, 2017, 7:38 am
B.S. from Coney Island says:
Jay from the Bay,

I don't believe I've ever commented on an article before, so there must be another person out there with my initials!
I'm sorry you don't like that I wake up early, I like to walk on the boardwalk at sunrise once the weather gets warm.
You should try it sometime - it can bring a little joy into your life.
Let's all try to disagree peacefully, instead of calling each other names. We are all on the same side here - right? We want the best for our community.
June 15, 2017, 7:58 am
Mike from Brighton Beach says:
I find it rather disheartening that a Councilman who has done more for our community then any other elected official in the area continues to get discredited by our local Brooklyn Daily reporter, Julianne Cuba. If any one can attest to Council Member Deutsch's spotless record of either attending local community meetings or sending a representative in his place it's Julianne. In addition to that Sofia's comment about Deutsch's attendance is also worth noting, and should have been mentioned in the article, as a responsible reporter would have done.
We have a leader in our community who has always stood by us, now it's time we stand by him. Yeger has made a life of playing dirty politics, yet despite that he fails to receive the scrutiny he deserves.
June 15, 2017, 9:42 am
Sofia from Shepshead Bay says:
Hey Jay,
Some people work during the day. And waking up early not a crime :) Next time before posting comments, I would ask you for an appropriate time to do so. LOL
June 15, 2017, 9:45 am
jw says:
Hey Jay isn't your name John? Aren't you some sort of political consultant that has worked for a lot of Yeger's friends?
June 15, 2017, 11:38 am
joe says:
Squabbling jews. They don't GAF about anything but the tribe, and is it good for jews.
June 15, 2017, 1:58 pm
Jew from Brighton says:
Don't you think you should remove this comment?
June 15, 2017, 2:47 pm
JImBob says:
Stop the forty story monstrosity condo on West 6th street from being built. It is not needed. Area is saturated already. There is no market for those condos here. Guarantee that at least half the building will be vacant. And it will block the sun. All for what? So some investors can make their money at the expense of the community. Whoever gets my vote will be the one who fights against this unnecessary condo.
June 15, 2017, 5:29 pm
tony from sunset says:
Carlos Menchaca has the same high ideals and beliefs as many of us in Sunset Park. But sadly, he only talks and poses for photos. He fails to roll up his sleeves and do the everyday work of his district - it is not due to political beliefs - it is a lack of ability and being overwhelmed by the job and all it entails. First year in and he was thrown out of the leadership of the Democratic caucus for a failure to call meetings and letting money & jobs meant for Brooklyn to go elsewhere. Four years into this job and he has no communication network with his constituents - aside for a few twitters now and then - he has no active social media connection to inform the community & gather feedback. He has held no town hall meetings and when he decided on his own (forced by de Blasio, Nydia, Nadler & EDC) to give away the Sunset waterfront for 39 years he held NO community meeting - he did not have a "conversation" with the community (but he used to love to use that term all the time - "conversation"). And for 3 years he actively fought against the community desire for a protected bike lane on 4th and when the community won - he suddenly took credit. The list goes on and on - failure to get the waterfront park opened (the residents had to do it), failure to get any major project in the park (Sunset Park) done on tine, spending $600,000 on NYPD spy cameras in a rigged Participatory Budget process, and NYPD just ran away with the money (FOIL applications from the community have now focused attention on the money & we hear talk - but no plan). Carlos made local schools fight each other for basic improvements - they had to rally parents to "vote" in his fake process - and often the important items still lost - like emergency exit doors for PS169 and replacing the 100 year old bathroom in P.S. 172 (Carlos had to correct this thus negating his flawed Participatory Budget process. His ego is so big he cannot listen to advice from locals - but his strings are easily pulled by the power brokers...
June 15, 2017, 5:32 pm
JimBob says:
No More condos. The condo on West 6ths street is not needed. Will be an eyesore in a saturated area.
June 15, 2017, 5:57 pm
Lenny from West brighton, Trump Village Section 4 says:
I welcome this 40 story monstrosity with open arms. That large lot full of worthless shops was bound to be razed eventually and I'm glad the time is now. Let's face it there's nothing nice to say about the surrounding area, most of the time when I walk the streets I feel like I'm in a 1942 Polish ghetto. With that being said​, all I see is prosperity when this monstrosity comes about.
June 15, 2017, 10 pm
JimBob says:
Prosperity ? For who? The building on Voorhies avenue in Sheepshead bay, is that causing prosperity? How many buyers are there? Where is the list of buyers for the forty story condo on West 6th street?
June 16, 2017, 1:20 am
Richard from Gravesend says:
You know who to thank for the 40 story monstrosity? Mark Treyger, who is owned by real estate developers. Vote him out in November.
June 16, 2017, 10:12 am
Ron says:
JImBob, thank Fred Trump for the 40 story monstrosity he was the one who got the zoning that alowed it and it was never changed. All Schron did was be smart enough to take advantage. He did not need OK from anyone . No one culd stop him because it was allowed As Of Right by NYC.
June 16, 2017, 11:19 am
Jerry from Coney Island says:
I am excited for the new shopping center but not the big building. I would like to see newer stores that will bring more people into the community - as long as they come on the train!
June 16, 2017, 1:06 pm
Sofia from Sheepshead Bay says:
I am wondering why people who are smart enough to post comments, never checked the zoning map. Candidates promises if any to stop construction in Trump Village area would be nothing but the biggest lie. It is being built as of rights. Talk about "empty units" is really premature since all units in Sheepshead Bay are sold. Also I am not sure but the new building is filed as rentals. People, please do your homework before you talk.
June 17, 2017, 6:25 pm
JImBob says:
What was the point of the meetings at Lincoln HS several years ago? They were hosted primarily by Deautch. He didn't make promises but it was obvious the crowds who showed up were against the measure. Where do you get your info? Do you have a stake in what is happening? Btw, I never heard of a forty story building in the Borough of Brooklyn. When has one ever been built? Why now? They had rights to build forty stories since when? Why did they wait till now? Raising questions is what these comments are for. Glad you have a good research department to educate us.
June 18, 2017, 12:35 am
Sofia from Sheepshead Bay says:
JImBob, in order to know what is going on, one does not have to use any research department. Just check a zoning map, which is available on city planning site. There are few more high risers being built in South Brooklyn as I write. Also I do not remember exact words from an invitation to the meeting you are referring to but it was never "stop construction" item. I personally do not like what is going on. And it is not about Trump plaza only. And would like to see stricter requirements from the city when it comes to construction in costal areas, but to say that Deutsch could and anyone else will stop construction that is going on as of rights is nothing but speculations.
June 18, 2017, 9:31 am

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