The Manhattan Beach Community Group took advantage of the democratic candidates coming to town for the community forum at the Jewish Center on West End Avenue to invite the old friend in council and congress Anthony Weiner for a visit at member Bunny Fleischer’s snazzy Oriental Boulevard pad, where the group honored the candidate for his efforts representing Southern Brooklyn in Washington.
“This is to thank you for all your work as our councilman and congressman,” said civic president Ira Zalcman, as he presented Weiner with their Friend of Manhattan Beach award plaque, which the civic hands out to an honored friend once per year.
Weiner, whose current bid for mayor represents an attempt to revive his shattered political career that took an abrupt nose-dive after he accidentally publicly tweeted pictures of himself in his underwear he intended to privately send to a woman he met online, said the award is the first he’s received since the scandal.
“This is a very significant thing to get, because in the course of being an elected official you accumulate a lot of plaques, but now I have to start fresh,” said Weiner, plaque in hand. “So, this is like my first one, plaque zero.”
Weiner, who arrived about a half hour late for the casual award ceremony, made up for his tardiness by staying late and didn’t leave until well after the mayoral forum was scheduled to begin at the Manhattan Beach Jewish Center.
“I was more worried about him getting their one time than he was,” said Zalcman.
The candidate spent about a half hour on Fleischer’s couch, discussing local issues with the civic members from his old stomping ground, the Knicks, and his bid for mayor, before he finally set off for the community forum.Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cn