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GOP Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny to face off against Democrat Chris McCreight

May 31, 2024 Wayne Daren Schneiderman
Alec Brook-Krasny (right), 46th District assemblyman (representing Sheepshead Bay, Gerritsen Beach, Georgetown, and parts of Marine Park), alongside Richie Barsamian, Kings County Republican Party chairman, in Sheepshead Bay.
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Southern Brooklyn, while still a haven for Democratic voters, has seen somewhat of a shift as of late — resulting in a number of them seeing “Red.”

But if you ask GOP Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny — who currently represents District 46, which encompasses Sheepshead Bay, Gerritsen Beach, Georgetown, and parts of Marine Park — a Republican in the state legislature is “just what the doctor ordered.”  He refers to many years of effectiveness in the state legislature by Republican Senator Marty Golden. Golden was able to get considerable concessions for Brooklyn-based legislation because he was cooperating on upstate issues with other Republicans. Brook-Krasny claims a Democrat would not have such bargaining power.

Also, Brook-Krasny is unique in that he is a Democrat-turned-Republican — switching parties in 2022.  As for why he made the change, he told the Brooklyn Eagle, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party; the Democratic Party left me.”

“But I’ve always been a Conservative Democrat,” Brook-Krasny said, “so it was a natural transition. I’m very familiar with both sides, as I’ve worked with Republicans very closely when I was a Democrat — especially former State Sen. Marty Golden, in addition to Jerry Kassar, [chairman, New York State Conservative Party], and Fran Vella-Marrone, [chair, Kings County Conservative Party].”

From left: U.S. Veteran Tommy Scanlon and former State Sen. Marty Golden.
From left: U.S. Veteran Tommy Scanlon and former State Sen. Marty Golden.

In this year’s general election, Brook-Krasny is slated to face off against Democrat Chris McCreight, Councilmember Justin Brannan’s chief of staff.

McCreight, who has already been endorsed by a number of political bigwigs, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Attorney General Letitia James, Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso, and, of course, Brannan, is looking to flip the district (46) back to blue after it went Republican in 2022 with Brook-Krasny’s beating former Democratic Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus.

McCreight referred to himself as “the guy who will get things done” during an interview at a local fundraiser last month, adding that he knows every inch of the district while his opponent is out of touch with the community.

“I have a strong record and a long resume,” Brook-Krasny said. “I was an immigrant, a small business owner, a politician, a statesman, founder of a non-profit organization — my record speaks for itself.”

Brook-Krasny puts public safety at the top of his priority list, noting that “It’s alarming what’s going on these days with the rise in violent crimes and hate crimes. We need to spend more money on public safety.”

He pointed out that supporting small business owners and job creation — in addition to education and health care — are also issues that he holds in high regard.

Chris McCreight (right) is running against incumbent Alec Brook-Krasny in this year’s general election for a seat in the 46th Assembly District, which encompasses Sheepshead Bay, Gerritsen Beach, Georgetown, and parts of Marine Park. McCreight is the chief of staff of Councilmember Justin Brannan (left).
Chris McCreight (right) is running against incumbent Alec Brook-Krasny in this year’s general election for a seat in the 46th Assembly District, which encompasses Sheepshead Bay, Gerritsen Beach, Georgetown, and parts of Marine Park. McCreight is the chief of staff of Councilmember Justin Brannan (left).

“It’s about protecting kids and the elderly — those who are underrepresented and do not have a strong voice,” Brook-Krasny explained.

“Housing is crucial as well. I have had, and will continue to have, meetings with NYCHA concerning working on improving developments — helping people to have decent apartments, repairs, and maintenance.”

Former State Sen. Marty Golden, who is a staunch supporter of Brook-Krasny, said that his “common sense approach to government” is a main reason why he believes he is the right man for the job.

“Alec knows the legislation that has to be passed to make a difference — especially regarding crime,” Golden said. “Look at the crime in our city and state; it’s a disaster; it’s insane. We have to take the handcuffs off the cops and put the criminals back in jail. Brook-Krasny is also about less spending and less taxes.

“This is the greatest nation in the world. We need to wake up America; we need to wake up New York,” added Brook-Krasny.


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