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UFT delegate Treyger wins primary for Brooklyn Council seat

Assemblyman Bill Colton (left) helps UFT delegate Mark Treyger declare victory.

Pat Arnow

UFT delegate Mark Treyger, who won the Democratic primary for a City Council seat in Brooklyn, gives a thumbs up to his fellow delegates at the special Delegate Assembly on Sept. 18.

New Utrecht HS history teacher and UFT delegate Mark Treyger has won the three-way Democratic primary race for the City Council seat in the 47th Council District in south Brooklyn.

The UFT and Transport Workers Union Local 100 were the only two unions to endorse Treyger.

Following his hard-fought victory, Treyger expressed his gratitude to “my UFT family and colleagues” for their support throughout the campaign. He said he was looking forward to the November election and, after that, to representing the teaching profession as a member of the City Council.

District 21 Representative Judy Gerowitz characterized the UFT’s campaign in support of Treyger as a “grassroots endeavor” that included scores of meetings to introduce him to chapter leaders and members and the follow-up work of hundreds of members on phone banks and canvassing the neighborhood.

Gerowitz called him “a homegrown boy who understands the issues we face every day.” Treyger is a graduate of PS 226, where she remembers him as a member of Arista, the honor society; Edward R. Murrow HS; and Brooklyn College — all in the area.

Being a teacher is “a badge of honor I proudly wear,” Treyger said. Throughout his campaign, he spoke out against school closings and the excessive use of standardized tests to evaluate teachers, students and schools and in support of career and technical education. He favors creating a school district dedicated exclusively to CTE.

Treyger’s father is a recently retired teacher and his wife also teaches at New Utrecht HS.

Treyger is a longtime community activist in the Bensonhurst area, where he lives, and in the surrounding Gravesend, Coney Island and Sea Gate neighborhoods covered by the 47th Council District. He previously served as an aide to a state assemblyman. He began his teaching career as a paraprofessional in 2005 and the following year became a teacher at New Utrecht HS, where he has served as a UFT delegate and a member of the School Leadership Team.

“I want to let people know how hard we are working for our kids,” Treyger said as he began a new campaign against a Republican opponent, a campaign that will again have the UFT’s strong support.

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