Candidates for a handful of local elections came before the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association last night to make the case for residents’ votes.

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz was first up, speaking about his work to increase access to healthcare in the community through his health fair and free screenings, as well as his role in helping establish the Maimonides Cancer Center, Brooklyn’s first and only cancer center. He also noted his efforts as chair of the Assembly’s Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse to raise awareness of issues in drug use – which, he said, for youths often begins with the medical cabinet at home – and to steer revenue from potential casinos in New York towards gambling addiction programs.

Mike Geller, who is running for re-election as 46th District Leader, told the crowd about his history as a lover of Manhattan Beach, and how he first got involved in politics (apparently, at the urging of Ed Eisenberg). He also criticized the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association’s rival group and predecessor, the Manhattan Beach Community Group, for a structure that gives too much power to too few neighbors, and complimented the MBNA for broadening participation in the neighborhood.

Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, the front runner in the race to replace Congressman Ed Towns in a congressional district that, beginning in 2013, will include Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach and other Southern Brooklyn communities, discussed the extraordinary diversity of his district, which crosses Brooklyn from our shores up to Cobble Hill and Fort Greene. Jeffries said that, despite the diverse backgrounds, all residents want safe streets and more job opportunities. He also noted that he believes the greatest foreign threat of our times is the potential of a nuclear Iran, and noted that we must work with Israel to stop that from becoming a reality.

A contingent of Republicans also attended the meeting, including Russ Gallo, who is vying for Cymbrowitz’s seat, and Alan Bellone, who is taking on Hakeem Jeffries in the November elections. Bellone asked the group earlier in the day for time to speak, but was declined. A representative for the group said there was not enough advance notice.

As a 501(c)4 organization, the MBNA is not required to provide equal opportunities to competing candidates for office, and is permitted to make endorsements.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.h.goldstein Michael Hill Goldstein

    Mike Geller is a true Mensch. Love and repsect him.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

       I just see that race as picking the lesser of two weevils.

  • Pat Singer

    WE NEED TO KEEP MIKE GELLER AND STEVEN CYMBROWITZ IN OFFICE.  I KNOW BOTH MEN FOR OVER THREE DECADES.  THEY CARE ABOUT THIS DISTRICT AND ITS PEOPLE.
    OVER THE YEARS I HAVE FOUND THEM REACHABLE, RESPONSIBLE, AND TRUE
    LEADERS. STEVE BROUGHT IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN THE 80s TO RENOVATE BRIGHTON BEACH AVENUE. THROUGH HIS VISION, NEW SEWERS, PIPELINES AND
    ENHANCED UTILITY LINES WERE INSTALLED. MIKE HAS WORKED HARD TO KEEP THE PEOPLE OF THIS DISTRICT INFORMED OF THEIR CHOICES AND BROUGHT THE CANDIDATES TO MEET WITH THE RESIDENTS.  HE IS A BRILLIANT WRITER AND A
    WONDERFUL FRIEND. WHEN RUSSIAN BORN RESIDENTS WANTED TO GET INVOLVED IN HIS DEMOCRATIC CLUB HE TOOK THEM UNDER HIS WING AND WELCOMED THEIR PARTICIPATION.  PLEASE VOTE FOR MIKE AND STEVEN…PAT SINGER

    • Citizen

      Shame on you!

    • ES

      Pat, you are good people. Always speaking your mind, sticking to your principles, and encouraging citizens to get involved in the democratic process. Bless.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

      Please use both cases when writing.It is easier to read and less jarring.

      • Guest

         Please leave a space after your periods.

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

           Please use a real name so I can take your comments seriously.

          • Guest! Guest! Guest! Guest!

            Do the rules of punctuation somehow not apply if I choose to post anonymously?

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

            Your credibility is the issue here.

          • Guest!! Hooray!

            My credibility has nothing to do with this.  You’re supposed to put a space after a period regardless of whether I am the senior editor of the New York Times or Adolph Hitler.

            Next time don’t be a Grammar Nazi and you won’t have any push back from anyone.

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

            My advice to Pat Singer was one of substance, not grammar.  One doesn’t walk into the middle of a party and start telling the guests how to deport themselves.

    • Truth

      you got money from Cybrowitz and your daughter works for him.

      • ES

        Perhaps I am ignorant in such matters, but I thought that was one of the things that elected officials do — secure much-needed funds for community organizations, such as the Brighton Neighborhood Association, which do good and worthy work for the residents of the community. This is not exactly a news flash. 
        Not sure what your issue with Pat is, but I’ve known her for a few years and one would be hard pressed to find a more kind, warm and generous human being on the planet.