(Click HERE for photos) This past Sunday, Joe Lazar held a kick-off event for his much anticipated campaign to fill the seat to be vacated in 44th City Council District representing Boro Park, Midwood, Bensonhurst and Dyker Heights. Lazar, a veteran of city and state government and community service for over 40 years, serving as the NYC Regional Director of the NYS Office of Mental Health, and Budget Director for the NYC Department of Buildings, has long since proven his unique ability to successfully navigate large bureaucracies and the legislative bodies which preside over them. The outstanding support was apparent by the presence of over 200 prominent community leaders and elected officials, at the home of Gedaliah & Rachel Weinberger. This event demonstrated the extensive and diverse district wide support for Lazar’s candidacy.
“I am truly humbled by the outpouring of community support for my candidacy to represent the 44th District of the NYC Council. I have dedicated my entire life toward the theme of my campaign, Experience, Leadership, and Trust. Having spent over three decades in city and state government I am privileged to have garnered the working and institutional knowledge of our legislative bodies, necessary to make certain that our neighborhoods get their fair share,” said Joe Lazar.
“Joe is a person who likes to help people, a person who likes to do good. It was never about just doing his job; it was never about being a bureaucrat in an office. His integrity, his sincerity, these are the things said about Joe way before he ran for office. Everybody knew him as a decent guy, not bought by anyone, not controlled by anyone. There is no one who knows government better than Joe Lazar, there is no one more capable of accessing funds from different places than Joe Lazar, and there is no one, who’s going to do the most important thing, being there for constituents. That’s the reason why I’m supporting Joe Lazar, because I know that’s what he’s all about“, said Assemblyman Dov Hikind.
“With Joe… what you see is what you get and I like what I see, I know how Joe thinks, whatever he will do will be what’s best for the community,” said Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. He stressed the long relationship he had with Joe, over the past twenty-five years.
Among the attendees at the Kickoff fundraiser were Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Assemblyman Dov Hikind along with a host of elected officials and community leaders from across the district including Congressman Ed Towns, State Senator Diane Savino, Former State Senator Dr. Seymour Lachman, Assemblyman Peter Abbate, Assemblyman James Brennan, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (represented by Bella Vais), NYC Councilman Bill de Blasio, NYC Councilwoman Melinda Katz, Former NYC Councilwoman Dr. Una Clarke, NYS Committeeman Jacob Gold, NYS Committewoman Sharon Fuchs, Lazer Abramovits, Mordechai Avigdor, Simcha Bernath, Moishe Bertram, Dr. Marcel Biberfeld, Aaron Biderman, Moishe Binik, Yonah Blumenfrucht, Ruchama Clapman, Yanky Daskal, Leiby Einhorn, Avrumi Einhorn, Aaron Elbogen, Avi Fishoff, Rabbi Berish Freilich, Menachem Friedman, Yitzchok Fuchs, Bernie Gips, Rabbi Ronnie Greenwald, Shloimy Gross, Rabbi Shea Hecht, Moishe Hellman, Rizy Horowits, Rabbi Shlomo Igel, Chaim Israel, Mendy Israel, Douglas Jablon, Elly Kleinman, Menachem Kohen, Rabbi Shmuel Lefkowitz, Chaim Leshkowitz, Naftali T. Leshkowitz, Esq., Rabbi Yaakov Lonner, Menachem Lubinsky, Mrs. Miriam Lubling, Abish Mendel, Shimon Ostreicher, Peter Rebenwurzel, Alfred Schoenberger, Chaim Schoenblum, Wolf Sender, Chaim Silber, Rabbi Yeruchem Shapiro, Yeruchim Silber, Chanina Sperlin, Joe Stamm, Rabbi Simcha Strohli, Gedaliah Weinberger, Rabbi Meyer Weinberger, Moshe Wieder, Mel Zachter, Faygie Zakheim, and Moshe Zakheim.
(Press Release by Friends of Joe Lazar)