If it all came down to name recognition, long-shot mayoral candidate Jack D. Hidary might have a better shot in the upcoming election. Hidary, a tech entrepreneur, has three first cousins — all successful business execs in the city — who share his name.
The mayoral candidate’s first cousin is Jack A. Hidary, principal of Hidrock Realty, a Manhattan-based company that has owned, developed or operated some $1 billion in real estate. Then there’s Jack I. Hidary, who owns a sports clothing company, and Jack M. Hidary, also in the apparel business.
The cousins grew up on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn and are named after their grandfather in accordance with Sephardic Jewish tradition, explained 45-year-old Jack D., the youngest of the foursome.
The Jacks have gotten used to people mixing them up. But since Jack D. launched his mayoral campaign, the mix-ups have grown more frequent.
The other Jacks “have received calls from supporters wanting to get a job on the campaign,” Jack D. said.
Now as the campaign heads into the homestretch, Jack D. joked that it may be helpful to have doppelgangers out there. “I guess I could use them to stand in for me at an event,” he quipped.