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 that captured the attention of industry experts, and in 1997, Alec was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Leisure and Entertainment magazine.
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.
He left the Assembly in 2015 to explore new opportunities in the private sector. Now he wants to represent us in the City Council. Why?
Our City is at a Crossroads
Because in the years since he left office, he has seen how our city is completely failing people in neighborhoods like Bensonhurst, Coney Island, Gravesend and Seagate. The COVID pandemic has only made it clearer to Alec that strong, effective leadership is desperately needed at City Hall.
As our Assembly Member, Alec increased financial support for public schools, Coney Island Hospital, and subsidized housing. He enacted anti-violence programs that made our neighborhoods safer, especially for seniors. He worked with local residents to recover, rebuild, and revitalize after the devastation that hurricane Sandy left behind. And Alec worked to increase funding for bus and subway service.
Send Alec Brook-Krasny to City Hall
As our new City Council Member, Alec Brook-Krasny will continue the work he started in Albany — fixing public transportation, lifting up struggling schools, supporting workers and small businesses.
Alec is ready to fight for Bensonhurst, Coney Island, Gravesend, and Sea Gate, to make sure that the future is bright for our children. Just like he always has.