2001-07-26 / Other News

Fidler Questions Accuracy Of Opponent’s Signature Total

Fidler Questions Accuracy Of Opponent’s Signature Total

Democratic City Council candidate Lew Fidler, left, is seen here with outgoing City Councilman Herbert Berman, whom he hopes to succeed in this fall's election.  Berman is running for City Comptroller.Democratic City Council candidate Lew Fidler, left, is seen here with outgoing City Councilman Herbert Berman, whom he hopes to succeed in this fall's election. Berman is running for City Comptroller.

Lew Fidler, candidate for the Brooklyn City Council seat in the 46th C.D. (Canarsie, Georgetown, Mill Basin, Bergen Beach, Sheepshead Bay and Starrett City) being vacated by Herbert Berman recently announced that his volunteers had filed 7,500 signatures on behalf of his candidacy, which his campaign headquarters claims is the largest number filed by any council candidate for the September 11th Democratic Primary.

"I am extremely proud of the grassroots support that this shows I have," said Fidler in a recent press release. "These signatures were collected by volunteers only — civic and religious leaders from one end of this district to the other."

In full page ads published in recent issues of the Canarsie Courier, Fidler listed the names of scores of community leaders supporting his candidacy. Over 100 names, including the president of every single civic association in the district from Sheepshead Bay to Starrett City, were listed.

"I believe I have the support of these civic leaders because I have been working hard for a long time on behalf of our neighborhoods, volunteering my efforts and getting results.

"I’ve been a community board chairperson, vice president of my local development corporation, a founding board member of a neighborhood housing services program and the counsel to the 69th Precinct Community Council.

"I’ve made a difference and I believe that is why I have earned the respect and support of the civic leaders who volunteer on behalf of our community," Fidler added.

Fidler has four opponents in the Democratic Primary who filed a combined total of 7,737 signatures. The highest total of these four, according to Fidler, was filed by Abraham Levy who amassed 3,300 signatures. However, a review of the filing by Fidler’s staff, actually showed that fewer than 3,000 signatures were obtained. Additionally, approximately half of Levy’s signatures, Fidler’s camp maintains, were collected by people who were paid $10-an-hour.

The press release noted that the Board of Elections has yet to determine if the other candidates vying for the 46th CD vacancy have filed a sufficient number of signatures to be placed on the primary ballot.

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