Race Overview: City Council District 33
Also appearing on the General Election ballot:
John A. Jasilli (C)
In District 33, incumbent Stephen Levin is victorious with 71% of the vote
In the race for City council in district 33, the founder of a community arts non-profit, Stephen Pierson looks to unseat current incumbent and former community organizer, Stephen Levin. Levin touts his record on community safety, affordable housing, affordable health care, education, and support for small businesses among other issues to make a strong case for his reelection. Levin has worked on legislation to decrease fines for street vendors, resolutions supporting breakfast in schools and mandatory kindergarten, efforts to increasing open space in the district, increasing funding for safety initiatives, and much more. Levin also participates in participatory budgeting, in which district residents can vote to allocate over a million dollars in district discretionary funds.
Stephen Pierson, a community board member and non-profit founder, has attacked Levin for his strong ties to Former Councilman Vito Lopez and his overall lack of transparency. Pierson suggested in his official announcement, that Levin may have known about Lopez’s improper conduct and inappropriate use of charity money, and chose not to do anything about it. He suggests that Levin’s entire career has been built with Lopez’s help and that his lack of transparency makes him an unsuitable candidate for city council. Pierson is running on a platform of increased transparency and has promised to hold many community forums, to hold extensive office hours for constituents, and to respond to constituent correspondence within twenty-four hours.
An important group to the politics of the city is the Satmar Hasidic community. The group that provides many votes in district 33 elections is divided into two factions, which often support different candidates. Stephen Levin has gained the loyalty of the Zaloynim faction, which helped in his 2009 election. The rival faction, the Aroynem are looking to support Stephen Pierson this time so their political interests will be better represented.
City district 33 includes Brooklyn Heights, Green Point, and parts of Williamsburg, Park Slope and Boerum Hill.
Two Stephens and a Vito Take Center Stage in the 33rdby Sara O’Connor On Wednesday, August 21st, the Polish and Slavic Center hosted and New Kings Democrats and the Greenpoint Gazette co-sponsored a Democratic primary debate between the two candidates running for city council in district 33, which includes Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo, and Gowanus. The candidates are incumbent Council Member Stephen Levin and-