BY BEN BRACHFELD
Inna Vernikov was sworn
into the City Council on Dec. 1
to represent southern Brooklyn’s
48th district, becoming
the fi rst Republican to represent
Kings County in the
body in nearly two decades.
“It was an incredible honor
to the sworn in as the new
Councilmember of the 48th
District today,” Vernikov said
in a statement. “This was a
historic victory for our community,
who elected the fi rst
from Brooklyn in twenty
Brooklyn’s newest elected
thanked her supporters and
constituents, and said she is
getting to work on the 48th’s
business with haste.
“I am excited to get down
to business immediately, and
begin the work of representing
my district and serving my
constituents,” Vernikov continued.
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“I am truly grateful to
everyone who has supported
me in this journey, and I look
forward to being their voice in
Vernikov was sworn in a
day after the city’s November
general election results were
certifi ed by the Board of Elections.
Most incoming councilmembers
will be sworn in
on Jan. 1, but Vernikov is taking
offi ce early to fi ll the seat
left vacant since the expulsion
of Chaim Deutsch in April, after
being convicted of federal
Deutsch began his threemonth
prison sentence last
month upstate in Otisville,
after endorsing and helping
elect Vernikov. Deutsch’s former
Deputy Chief of Staff,
Tova Chatzinoff-Rosenfeld, is
Vernikov’s new Chief of Staff.
The new Councilmember
representing Brighton Beach,
Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead
Bay, Homecrest, and
part of Midwood is the fi rst Republican
to represent any part
of Brooklyn at City Hall since
2003, when Marty Golden left
his Bay Ridge Council seat
to serve in the State Senate.
She’s also the only Republican
Brooklyn at all other than US
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis and
Tannousis, who both live on
Staten Island and represent
districts largely comprised of
The Rock, but contain a section
of southern Brooklyn.
Vernikov is the only
elected Republican whose
district lies entirely within
“The Brooklyn Republican
Party, and its Chairman
Ted Ghorra, could not be
prouder to have helped elect
Inna Vernikov to the incoming
City Council,” Brooklyn
Republican Party chair Ted
Ghorra wrote in an email.
“The constituents of the 48th
City Council District, and
will be well represented by
injecting common sense and
a diversity of ideas in furthering
a two party system
that benefi ts us all, and Inna
will no doubt be strong voice
of reason and common sense
The area has historically
elected Democrats to its legislative
seats but is ideologically
been one of the strongest areas
in the city for Donald
Trump in his 2016 and 2020
Vernikov, who ran on a
platform opposing vaccine
mandates and against defunding
the NYPD, won the seat
last month after defeating
Democrat Steven Saperstein
by a massive 23 point margin,
in a race that was expected
to be one of the closest in the
Her win was part of a
strong night for the GOP both
nationally and locally: the Republican
minority in the City
Council picked up two seats,
and now has a fi ve-member
bloc in the body representing
three boroughs, in addition
to a smattering of conservative
Democrats who often
ally with the GOP caucus, including
Borough Park’s Kalman
Yeger and Queens’ Bob
The bloc is being led by
Staten Island’s Joe Borelli,
the only one of the fi ve entering
a second term.
Southern Brooklyn Councilmember
Inna Vernikov. Courtesy of campaign
Borough’s fi rst GOP councilmember in 20
years sworn into southern Brooklyn seat
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