Brighton City Council Candidates Meet with Jewish Leaders and Residents










The two final candidates for the single vacant Brighton City Council seat met with Jewish leaders and residents on Monday to discuss community issues.  The Jewish Russian Center in Brighton hosted the town-hall style meeting, which gave the district's Jewish community an opportunity to examine the candidates and articulate their concerns on housing, education, and land-use regulations. 

Candidates Jerry McDermott and Mark Ciommo, who was represented by his wife Laura, addressed over fifty Jewish constituents, many of whom represented Jewish schools and congregations.  The meeting marked the first time civic members interacted with all of the Brighton Jewish leaders together at a single gathering.  Chief among the topics discussed was the Torah Academy Project, which had stalled due to inaction by the Bigelow Hill Neighborhood Association to respond to potential traffic issues. "It is important to build a bridge between our local leaders and the Brighton Jewish community," said Executive Director Rabbi Dan Rodkin of the Jewish Russian Center.   "It is our responsibility to inform our leaders about issues that affect us."