Mayor Mitchell Brownstein in conversation with newly elected Cote Saint-Luc City Councillor Sidney Benizri:
Councillor Benizri will be sworn into office on Tuesday, April 19 and will appear at his first Public Council meeting that evening. Come and join the council in welcoming Councillor Benizri at the 8pm public meeting.
Le Conseiller Benizri sera assermenté le mardi 19 Avril et apparaîtra lors de sa première réunion public du Conseil ce soir-là. Venez rejoindre le conseil pour accueillir le conseiller Benizri au réunion publique à 20h00.
Sidney Benizri won Sunday’s Côte St. Luc council by-election Sunday, and will be sworn in this week as the new councillor for District 7.
Benizri, the first member of the Sephardic Jewish community elected to Côte St. Luc council, is the national executive director of Canadian Magen David Adom for Israel, which fundraises to send ambulances to Israel. He replaces former longtime councillor Mitchell Brownstein, who was recently acclaimed mayor of Côte St. Luc.
According to the final election results, Benizri received 325 votes, to David Tordjman’s 221, Mitch Kujavsky’s 205 and Lloyd Pedvis’s 20.
“I’m speechless,” a happy Benizri said at Mount Sinal Hospital Sunday night, where the results were tabulated. “I’m very happy to be part of the council of Côte St. Luc. We have a great team, and I’m sure we’ll do very good things for the residents of Côte St. Luc. I’m going to be very devoted to the residents of District 7.”
Benizri added that he will study the concerns conveyed to him during his meetings with residents door-to-door during the campaign.
“I’m going to address those concerns. I promised them, if elected, that this will be part of my agenda.”
Benizri says that while he is the first member of the Sephardic Jewish community elected in Côte St. Luc, “I am there for all the residents of District 7 and all Côte St. Luc residents.”
Brownstein was on hand to hear the results, as were councillors Ruth Kovac, Allan Levine, Mike Cohen and Mount Royal MP Anthony Housefather, former mayor of Côte St. Luc.
“I thought all the candidates were wonderful — each one had their own strengths,” Brownstein told The Suburban. “I’m very pleased Sidney Benizri is going to be a new member of our council family. Everybody I spoke to in the riding who met him has always said the same thing — he’s a gentleman who listens to the people and I’m really pleased to have him as part of our team.”
Brownstein said he is also pleased to have a member of the Sephardic community on council.
“But I know he is someone who will serve everybody in the community very well,” the mayor added.