Amber Adler, an Orthodox single mother, 38, will run as a Democrat for the City Council’s 48th District, which encompasses Brighton Beach, Midwood, Manhattan Beach, and parts of Coney Island.
Announcing her campaign for New York City Council in 2023, Adler said in an interview, “The community is suffering,” referring to issues of poverty, crime, and cleanliness. “Across the community, it’s all I hear when I’m out. A downpour of complaints, people begging for help.” Adler said she is running on a campaign of “safety, unity, and prosperity,” while making the case that the incumbent, Republican Inna Vernikov, has been “divisive” since she was elected in December 2021.
In the 2021 primary, Adler lost to incumbent Democrat Steve Saperstein, winning 17 percent of the first round vote and placing third in the fifth round of ranked-choice voting. Vernikov, who both supported and was supported by Trump, easily beat Saperstein in the general election that November, with 61.5% of the vote.
“There is a problematic growing divide amongst the cultural communities of the district,” Adler said. “It’s from a lot of divisive rhetoric that [Vernikov] is consistently using. It’s a dangerous predicament.”