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Steven Cymbrowitz vs. Ben Akselrod

What was first considered a gentleman’s campaign has been anything but. Akselrod has attacked the six-term legislator on a number of fronts, but Cymbrowitz refuses to bite back.

Steve Cymbrowitz

• Won the assembly seat in 2000 following the death of his wife, Assemblywoman Lena Cymbrowitz.

• Chair of the Environmental Conservation Committee’s Shoreline Protection Subcommittee.

• Age 58, married.

Ben Akselrod

• Immigrated to the United States from Russia at the age of 18.

• Former Community Board 15 District Manager. Currently a manager at a nursing home.

• Age 39, married, five children.

The campaign

• Akselrod accused Cymbrowtiz of being a debate dodger after the pol decided to attend a Russian movie event instead of discussing the issues with his challenger.

• Akselrod called out Cymbrowitz for not taking a side on the controversial Voorhies Avenue mosque, even though the house of worship is not in the legislator’s district.

• Cymbrowitz prides himself as “The only secular Jew in New York City who votes in favor of yeshivas and against immorality” — the “immorality” being gay marriage, which the legislator oppossed.

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.

Reader Feedback

When is the debate from Sheepshead Bay says:
Cybrowitz is doing everything to avoid a debate with Akselrod.

Why is Cybrowitz afraid to debate?

What is Cybrowitz hiding?

We need an active member in Albany and Akselrod will do a much better job than Cybrowitz.
Sept. 12, 2012, 8:16 pm
Where is the truth from Sheepshead Bay says:
Akselrod accused Cymbrowtiz of being a debate dodger after the pol decided to attend a Russian movie event instead of discussing the issues with his challenger.
Cybrowitz is full of ——. What movie? He NEVER ATTENDED NO RUSSIAN MOVIE EVENT. Ask Cybrowitz where was it and what movie.
Sept. 12, 2012, 8:20 pm
Anon. from NYC says:
A) The "Russian Movie Event" was at Kingsborough.

B) Cymbrowitz is the Chairman of the Assembly’s Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee.

I wish people would get —— right for once.
Sept. 12, 2012, 11:08 pm

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