No, it’s not the ruggedly handsome Uberman, Liam McCabe --- Wrong again, if you guessed the media-savvy man-with-a-plan, Bob Capano --- and I certainly am not talking about Marty Golden’s amanuensis and almost-but-not-quite Chief of Staff, John Quaglione…..
THEN, MANY OF THE NOT-YET-IN-THE-KNOW GOP RANK-AND-FILERS COULD WELL BE ASKING THIS QUESTION AT THIS TIME:
WHO COULD YOU POSSIBLY
BE TALKING ABOUT
? ? ?”
THE ANSWER ACCORDING TO >>> THE BROOKLYN EAGLE <<< IS …..
>>> STEVE SAPERSTEIN <<<
THE NEWCOMER TO CHALLENGE INCUMBENT DEMOCRAT COUNCILMAN CHAIM DEUTCH IN BROOKLYN’S 48TH COUNCIL DISTRICT [WITH RUFFLES AND FLOURISHES BY THE ACCOMPLISHED HIGH STEPPING STRUTTERS, THE BROOKLYN GOP’S OWN, THE WORLD'S ONE-AND-ONLY MARCHING CHAMBER QUARTET]
In a year that already has produced a bumper crop of outstanding Republican candidates in just one Southwest Brooklyn council district, none of us should be surprised that a real fist-sized diamond in the rough has emerged in a part of Brooklyn where Republican wonders never cease >>> Sheepshead Bay -Brighton Beach.
According to the John Alexander’s report last week in the “Brooklyn Daily Eagle”: “Brooklyn-born Steve Saperstein is challenging incumbent Chaim Deutch for the City Council seat of District 48. Saperstein believes he’s up for the job as he takes on Deutch, who’s held the office since 2014. District 48 includes Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Marine Park, Midwood and Sheepshead Bay…. Saperstein, a new face on the political scene, says he would bring fresh ideas and a change to the status quo in City Hall. He graduated from Midwood High School and received a B.A. in metropolitan studies from New York University, with a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. After receiving his law degree, he earned an M.A. in deaf and hard of hearing education from Hunter College and a second M.A. in school leadership from Touro College…. He grew up in the Sheepshead Bay and Brighton Beach communities. His grandparents were among the first residents of Coney Island’s Trump Village in the 1960s, and it’s where Saperstein and his family still reside today….” (See “Republican candidate Steve Saperstein runs for City Council” by John Alexander, 3/24/17, Brooklyn Daily Eagle [http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2017/3/24/republican-candidate-steve-saperstein-runs-city-council]).
SO FAR, STEVE SAPERSTEIN HAS APPROACHED HIS QUEST FOR PUBLIC OFFICE BY DEGREES AND A LONG TENURE OF SPECIALIZED TEACHING FOR THE NYCBOE
Mr. Saperstein is very well-credentialed for a first time candidate for any public office, but he is particularly suited for his upcoming run for the New York City Council.
As is often the case for many seekers of public office, Steve Saperstein has his law degree. However, unlike most other candidates, or even officeholders, Steve has two additional post-graduate degress. At present, he is a tenured member of the New York City Department of Education, where he’s been employed for six years as specialized teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing. His specialized teaching duties take him to ten (10) different schools throughout Manhattan, working primarily with high school and middle school students.
After graduating from law school, Steve decided to pursue a career that would allow him to have a real impact on students with certain disabilities, similar to those that he had experienced at home. --- And during Steve’s worklife, he’s been all about the students, because for him, their education is key. --- “That’s what I do every day…. I advocate for my students to make sure they have access to the curriculum,” said Mr. Spaerstein during his interview by the Eagle.
While he loves his job, he feels that running for office now will only compound what he has been doing and it will help him to impact many more people in a variety of meaningful ways.
SAPERSTEIN IS A BELIEVER IN GRASS ROOTS DEMOCRACY --- SAYS HE’LL HAVE A STRONG VOICE TO STAND UP TO THE MAYOR FROM DAY ONE
Steve Saperstein says that he believes in grass-roots democracy and wants to make community budget decisions clear and accessible to all the people effected by them. Saperstein has big ideas, for example, he has a plan that calls for opting his district into citywide participatory budgeting. --- That would give power back to his constituents and ultimately result in better locally-based decisions and allocations of funds from the city budget.
Steve Saperstein believes that as a new candidate --- “My situation is unique but I know in my heart that I was born into this role from day one. When I am elected councilman, I will be a strong voice and stand up to Mayor [Bill] de Blasio. I want my newborn daughter Rebecca to grow up in a New York where she can ride the subway safely, get a good education, and have a career and family of her own. The best way to guarantee that future [is] to run for City Council.”