Félicitations à Sidney Benizri, élu en tant que nouveau conseiller municipal de la ville pour le district 7

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Sidney Benizri

Sidney Benizri

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.

District 7 candidates Mitch Kujavsky, David Tordjman, Sidney Benizri and Lloyd Pedvis with Mayor Mitchell Brownstein. Benizri took the by-election with a100 vote lead.

District 7 candidates Mitch Kujavsky, David Tordjman, Sidney Benizri and Lloyd Pedvis with Mayor Mitchell Brownstein. Benizri took the by-election with a 100 vote lead.

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.

District 7 candidates present themselves ahead of April 10 by-election

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An impressive candidates debate brings us closer to April 10 by-election

By Mike Cohen

With advance polls  set for Sunday, April 3 and the by-election date for Côte Saint-Luc District 7 a week later – Sunday April 10 – we are in the midst of a spirited race to see who will  succeed our new Mayor Mitchell Brownstein as the  city councillor for that area.

District 7 encompasses the homes and buildings near Mount Sinai Hospital,  Hebrew Academy, Congrégation Or Hahayim and St. Richard’s Church. Here is the complete map.

2016-03-29 District 7 Meet the Candidates

Mayor Brownstein and council with the candidates.

 

There are four candidates vying for the seat: Sidney Benizri, Mitchell Kujavsky, Lloyd Pedvis and David Tordjman.

Harvey Levine, executive director of B’nai Brith Canada, Quebec Region chaired the evening and B’nai Brith Canada legal counsel Steven Slimovitch served as the moderator.

Since Côte Saint-Luc was reconstituted, we have never had such a candidates meeting. For the residents who turned out, it was a difference maker. They had this unique opportunity to hear each candidate respond to some well thought out questions by Levine and Slimovitch.

Each one of these gentlemen handled themselves very well, with opening remarks, closing statements and pretty good answers to questions they could not prepare for. Slimovitch asked them about traffic calming near the two schools in the district, quick access out of the city despite traffic on Heywood, new ideas they had for the district, the Cavendish extension, library services, prohibiting parking in some high traffic areas, upgrading parks and snow removal.

For full details on the by-election click here.

We have delayed our next public council meeting until Tuesday, April 19 in order for the new councillor to join us.

Best of luck to all!

Here is a video of the evening:

ADVANCE POLLS:

Date and Hours: Sunday, April 3, 2016 from 12 pm to 8 pm

Polling Place: Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre (ACC)

Address: 5794 Parkhaven, Côte Saint-Luc, H4W 0A4

Upper level salons.

ELECTION DAY:

Date and Hours: Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 10 am to 8 pm

Votings polls for sections 701, 702 and 703:

École Maimonide, gymnasium

5615 Parkhaven, Côte Saint-Luc, H4W 1X3

Votings polls for sections 704, 705 and 706:

Mount Sinai Hospital, room 103

5690 Cavendish, Côte Saint-Luc, H4W 1S7

 

Meet the candidates of District 7

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District 7 candidates Mitch Kujavsky, David Tordjman, Sidney Benizri and Lloyd Pedvis with Mayor Mitchell Brownstein in the Council Chambers. Who will be the successful candidate?

District 7 candidates Mitch Kujavsky, David Tordjman, Sidney Benizri and Lloyd Pedvis with Mayor Mitchell Brownstein in the Council Chambers. Who will be the successful candidate?

The four candidates for Côte Saint-Luc District 7 will meet the public on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm at City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) in Meet-the-Candidates event hosted by B’nai Brith Canada, Quebec.

 

The by-election to elect a new councillor in District 7 takes place on April 10. The seat was left vacant by Mitchell Brownstein who resigned his seat before being acclaimed as Mayor of Côte Saint-Luc.

 

The four candidates in contention for a council seat are, in alphabetical order: Sidney Benizri, Mitch Kujavsky, Lloyd Pedvis, and David Tordjman. The candidates will make opening and closing remarks and each will answer questions from the moderator on relevant issues of concern to the district residents.

 

“The event will be co-moderated by myself” stated Harvey Levine, Executive Director, B’nai Brith Quebec, “and Steve Slimovitch, who is a criminal lawyer, President of the Lord Reading Law Society and board member of B’nai Brith Canada, League for Human Rights. Mr. Slimovitch is a former resident of Côte Saint-Luc and his parents still reside there.”

 

Mayor Brownstein will open the event. There will be closing remarks from Côte Saint-Luc resident Gerry Weinstein, who is Past President, B’nai Brith Canada and President of Residence B’nai Brith House and the soon to be built Chateau B’nai Brith — both in Côte Saint-Luc.

 

Levine also stated “as an important part of the fabric of Côte Saint-Luc, B’nai Brith are happy to host this event. Our mission is to bring Canadian Jewry of all ages and backgrounds together by promoting human rights throughout the world, advocating for the security of the State of Israel and Jewish communities worldwide and providing local services through volunteer activities, cultivation of leadership and charitable work focusing on seniors and the less fortunate.”