Congratulations to Sidney Benizri, Cote Saint-Luc’s newest City Councillor. Elections for District 7, to replace the seat previously occupied by Mayor Mitchell Brownstein took place today (Sunday, April 10, 2016). With all polls reporting in as of 9pm the unofficial count shows Benizri captured the seat with 324 votes. 230 votes went to former city employee David Tordjman, 223 to accountant Mitch Kujavsky and 20 for computer consultant Lloyd Pedvis.
Benizri and I go way back, working side by side at Federation CJA from 1995 to 2000, literally sharing an office. I served as Director of the Young Adult Division, Young Leadership Campaign and Jewish Chamber of Commerce while Benizri served as Assistant Director. I have followed his career closely and remained good friends ever since yet I had to remain neutral during this by-election campaign.
Benizri is a career community man, thoroughly devoted to serving the Jewish community in particular. He currently serves as Executive Director of Canadian Magen David Adom, the local fundraising arm of the Israeli ambulance system and emergency medical services. A longtime resident of Cote Saint-Luc he is intimately familiar with local schools and synagogues, with leaders in community, education, community services and religious institutions. Ask anyone who knows him and you’ll get resounding chorus of, “Sidney is a really great guy.”
I look forward to continuing to work with Sidney after a break of so many years, and kind of sharing an office once again, this time as equal partners in this great community initiative. He certainly deserves accolades today.
Congratulations as well to Lloyd Pedvis, Mitch Kujavsky and David Tordjman. Pedvis is interested in community issues and often emails me about his area. I hope he continues to do so. He jumped in with two feet not really sure how things would go and gave it his best. He had a good attitude all along. I met Kujavsky and his wife Jordana in the last couple of years as they got involved in the CSL Dramatic Society and we all worked together on Anthony Housefather’s campaign for Parliament. He is a likable, easy going and funny accountant (imagine that) with a knack for the stage. He too is interested in seeing our community improve and I hope he stays involved. I’ve known Tordjman through his former role working for the city. He spent the last few years working on infrastructure projects in Haiti. I wish him lots of luck in his upcoming marriage.
Another chapter in CSL electoral history opens with Sidney Benizri taking over in District 7. I am confident he will do a fine job, together with his new colleagues on City Council, as we all strive together to continue to make Cote Saint-Luc the fantastic city that it is.