Mark Treyger, the second child of Ukrainian immigrants Naum and Tatyana and the first member of his family born in the United States, is the Council Member for the 47th District, representing the neighborhoods of Bensonhurst, Coney Island, Gravesend, and Sea Gate. A fluent speaker of the Russian language and a graduate of Edward R. Murrow High School and Brooklyn College (B.A. in Political Science, M.A. in Social Studies Education, M.S. in School Leadership), Treyger spent eight years teaching World History, Government, and Economics at New Utrecht High School. While teaching, Treyger took an active role in the United Federation of Teachers, serving as a union delegate, staff developer, and member of the school Leadership Team.
With a love for public service, Treyger began interning for Assemblyman William Colton in 2001. In 2003, at the age of 21, Treyger became the youngest president ever of the United Progressive Democratic Club (UPDC) in Bensonhurst.
In 2013, Treyger won a competitive Democratic Primary, and then received 71% of the vote in the general election to become the Council Member of the 47th District. Upon his election, he worked with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on the creation of a new committee, Recovery and Resiliency, which he chaired during the 2014-17 session, helping to oversee the city’s efforts responding to Hurricane Sandy. He also co-chaired the Council’s Brooklyn Delegation. Since his election to the Council, Treyger has led the fight to make our city more resilient and environmentally conscious in the face of climate change and extreme weather threats, helping to secure federal funding to rebuild public housing and hospitals after Sandy. He also successfully advocated for the expansion of transportation options throughout the outer boroughs, investment in the maintenance and upkeep of public housing, and the upgrading and expansion of our school buildings.
In 2016, Treyger was also elected as the Democratic District Leader/State Commiteeman in the 46th Assembly District.
Treyger was selected to serve as the chairperson of the City Council’s Committee on Education in 2018.