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Foy Rakes in $21,000 in Latest Central Brooklyn Council Race Filing

 Five candidates are vying to replace Al Vann in Central Brooklyn.
Candidates Vying to Replace Al Vann
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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Former Bill de Blasio staffer and current National Action Network Brooklyn chapter president Kirsten John Foy is now the top fundraiser in the race to replace term-limited City Councilman Albert Vann after a period in which he raised more than $21,000, according to recent campaign filings.

Both District Leader Roert Cornegy and Rev. Robert Waterman, who previously ran against Vann in 2008, were ahead of Foy in fundraising as of the last filing. But thanks in part to large union donations, Foy managed to rake in $21,186, more than doubling Cornegy and Waterman's totals from the same period, records show.

"It's great when the support that people say they have for you actually manifests itself," Foy said. "It's a good feeling. We're confident."

Foy received major union endorsements last month, while Cornegy, president of Vann's political club the Vanguard Independent Democratic Association, received official support from Vann himself.

After disbursements, Foy has about $15,000 on hand, while Cornegy has more than $10,000 and Waterman, who has both raised and spent very little in each filing this year, still has more than $26,000.

A spokeswoman for Waterman said that the reverand "hasn't officially declared yet, and an announcement will be coming soon as to whether or not he will be running."

Rev. Conrad Tillard, who announced his candidacy shortly before the last filing, made up some ground with the second-most contributions of the filing period, records show.

Tillard received mostly small donations, but boasted the most contributions of any candidate this period. He took in more than $13,000.

"People all over the district and all over the city are buying into this campaign," Tillard said. "My independent candidacy is something they have a big deal of interest in."

Outsider candidate Akiel Taylor, an access-a-ride driver without any previous political experience, raised no money this filing period.