for New York City Council – District 33
Toba Potosky knows that Brooklyn’s reputation comes from the people who live here. People with determination, tenacity and optimism. He’s running for City Council because he’s one of us, and he wants District 33 to have a representative who will advocate for our needs and hold city agencies accountable.
For two decades Toba has fought for our communities, preserving their character and history while working to ensure a future of hope and progress. He recognizes that even before COVID-19 impacted our lives, our city suffered from an unresponsive City Hall burdened with government bureaucracy, red tape, and incompetent leadership.
As a community activist, advocate and organizer, Toba has built a reputation for getting things done. His achievements include fixing problems with affordable housing, fighting to fully fund NYC Parks, advocating to replace the Clark Street Station elevators, stopping the DOT from ripping down the Promenade, calling for a ban on non-essential helicopter traffic and more. He has put himself on the front lines because he cares about his community and his neighbors.
Toba grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Flushing, Queens. He lived in a two-bedroom apartment with his parents and older brother. He rode a city bus to PS 24. His early life was surrounded by several generations of family including first-generation and immigrant grandparents and a great-grandparent. His father was a salesman who eventually became a small-business owner. His mother worked in medical offices and hospitals and was a proud member of 1199 SEIU. As a result of his close family circle, he grew up understanding the needs of individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, Depression, and Type 1 Diabetes.
Toba’s career path has been unconventional even from the beginning, but it’s his life experiences that makeup who he is. His first job at 15 was selling bracelets from a small table in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on weekends.
After graduating from high school, he moved to Manhattan. Auditioning for TV commercials and soap operas during the day and bartending at night. His first bartending job was at the iconic Studio 54. From street vendor to restaurant worker, to documentarian and screenwriter, to sound engineer, community activist, advocate, and organizer, Toba has experienced life from a different perspective than most.
Toba met his wife Ronni on a blind date in 1990. They married in 1993 and have since made Brooklyn their forever home, along with their rescue dog Maddy.
Toba Potosky is running for the New York City Council because he understands that our future is being created today. We are one community and we need to look out for one another. We cannot continue to elect individuals who have been part of our bureaucratic past. Real change comes from those who take action on their own, sacrificing work and family time, because the consequences demand it. We need new leadership and new energy. Someone that all of Brooklyn can be proud of.