Comptroller Stringer celebrates Russian community in Brighton Beach

Man of the evening: Comptroller Scott Stringer honored Councilman Mark Treyger with a commendation for being the only Russian-speaking council member at an event in Brighton Beach on June 10.
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It was a big celebration in Little Odessa!

Comptroller Scott Stringer visited the Russian enclave of Brighton Beach to recognize the large Russian-speaking community and award three individuals with commendations during a dinner to celebrate Russian culture and heritage at Tatiana Restaurant on June 13. Stringer handed Councilman Mark Treyger (D–Coney Island) the honor for being the only Russian-speaking legislator in the Council — an award he accepted with pride, the councilman said.

“It meant a lot to me because I am the proud son of immigrants from Ukraine and Holocaust survivors, and World War II veterans, that’s who I am and I take that with me — I’m very proud of that,” said Treyger. “It was very special for my family and for me.”

It was a beautiful night recognizing the Russian-speaking community, and everyone was honored to have the city’s top accountant as a guest — but it was also a wonderful evening with people of different backgrounds sharing a meal under one roof, said Stringer’s community liaison to the Russian-speaking community.

“I think it was a good place to celebrate on the Boardwalk. The weather was great, food was fabulous, people were really welcoming. It was an absolutely packed room,” said Ari Kagan. “There were many religions and nationalities — every corner of the community was represented. It was really representative of the entire Russian-speaking community.”

Stringer also awarded commendations to Raisa Ross, a social worker and radio host on the popular Russian-speaking show Davidzon Radio, and Queens resident Rafael Nektalov, who is the editor-in-chief of the Bukharian Times. And the night was just as rewarding for Stringer as it was for the recipients, he said.

“For generations, Russian-speaking immigrants have come to our city, put down roots, and built up our neighborho­ods,” said Stringer. “This community is a critical part of our city’s cultural fabric and economic success. Last night was an opportunity to come to Brighton Beach, recognize this community’s contributions, and celebrate their unique heritage.”

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Posted 12:00 am, June 19, 2017
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JimBob says:
Yes and we will see him again in four years right before the next election.
June 19, 2017, 3:58 pm
Ronaldo from Gravesend says:
Treyger barely speaks Russian. Most Russians can't understand him so he uses a translator.
June 19, 2017, 4:34 pm
Will from Bensonhurst says:
Ari Kagan trying to justify his $90k/year no-show job?
June 19, 2017, 7:54 pm
Ricki Hotchner from Midwood says:
Though it was good to celebrate the Russian community I wonder why the Hispanic community which is the second largest in Brighton Beach was not mentioned. Maybe, there should be an event to celebrate all the ethnic groups in Brighton Beach. The Hispanic community has helped keep the neighborhood stable. They are a significant part of the community. I wonder if Pat Singer at the Brighton Neighborhood Association would be keen on doing something as I am suggesting.
June 20, 2017, 8:17 am
Anna from Sheepshead Bay says:
Comptroller Stringer and his staff should be commended, not criticized, for hosting great community event right here, at Brighton Beach. Last August, I attended his Southern Brooklyn Town Hall at New York Aquarium where he and local politicians listened to and answered many constituents questions.
This is an example for our Mayor De Blasio who never hosted any town halls or community celebrations in our area. Thank you, Comptroller Stringer!
July 16, 2017, 8:26 pm

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