About Alec Brook-Krasny:
Alec was born in Moscow to a shoemaker and a bookkeeper who worked at a beauty salon.
He attended the Moscow Technological Institute and graduated with dual degrees in Engineering and Economics.
Arriving in Brooklyn, where he already had relatives. Alec — who spoke only twenty-one words of English — became a stock person at an East Village shoe store in Manhattan. As his English skills improved, he was promoted and became a manager.
A Born Entrepreneur
While looking for a location for his daughter’s first birthday party, Alec saw the need for venues that would make it easy on parents and fun for kids. With several childhood friends as investors, he converted an old beer warehouse on Neptune Avenue into a community, entertainment, and educational center called Fun-O-Rama.
Fun-O-Rama became instantaneously popular and profitable. Its success and sense of community captured the attention of industry experts, and in 1997, Alec was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Leisure and Entertainment magazine.
He became acquainted with Councilman Howard Lasher and Assemblyman Jules Polonetsky, who appointed him to Community Board 13. Two years later Alec’s hard work and leadership were recognized by his colleagues who elected him the treasurer of the community board.
In 2000, he was running for NYS Assembly and set up a record for write-in votes in the City of New York (1800 votes).
In 2001 Alec ran for New York City Council. Though he didn’t win, he did become close friends with his opponent Councilman Domenic M. Recchia, showing grace even in defeat. With public service still a strong desire, he founded the Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations, an organization that provided programs for youth, seniors, and community groups. COJECO worked closely with some larger institutions, including JCRC, NYANA, FEGS, 92nd Street Y, and many others. Alec’s leadership shined again and for two years in a row, COJECO was named one of the top fifty most innovative non-profit organizations in North America.
As a local business leader, Alec was appointed to Community Board 13, and became active in local Democratic politics. He founded the Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations (COJECO) to bridge the gap between the Jewish-American and the Russian-Jewish communities. COJECO was named one of the top 50 most innovative non-profit organizations in North America for 2 consecutive years.
Legislative Leader in Albany
Alec was elected to the New York State Assembly, representing Coney Island, Bay Ridge, and Dyker Heights. He served on the aging, cities, governmental employees, housing, and social services committees. He received a Public Service Commendation Medal from the Department of the Army for service, support, and commitment to the military community. In 2013, his colleagues named him the Vice-Chair for Majority Steering, and Chair of the Assembly Task Force for New Americans.
After 9 years of successfully representing his constituents, in 2015 Alec left the Assembly for family reasons. In 2017, he was falsely accused of crimes he did not commit. After a full trial, he was fully exonerated by the jury. He was found innocent of each and every count against him. Despite fake rumors by his political opponents, Alec does not have a criminal record and was never convicted of any crime.
Send Alec Brook-Krasny to Albany!
This year he again decided to return to public service. "During my time in the Assembly, we achieved so much,” said Alec. “We increased financial support for schools, Coney Island Hospital, and subsidized housing. We enacted anti-violence programs that made our communities safer, especially for seniors. And we worked together to recover, rebuild, and revitalize after Superstorm Sandy. After all that, leaving the Assembly was one of the hardest decisions I ever made, but it was the only way for me to help my family in a time of need. But today, I am forced to ask myself: what good is providing for your family if our institutions fail to protect them?”
Alec is running to restore funding to the NYC Police Department, rebuild our criminal justice system, reverse bail reform that releases criminals to commit more violence, lift the struggling schools, support small businesses to recover from the shutdowns, and help the middle class recover from the economic downturn. Alec is ready to stand for us to make sure that the future is as bright for our children as it ought to be!