Boerum Hill

Levin to debate challenger Cambranes Sunday in Brooklyn City Council race

October 26, 2017 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Incumbent Democrat Stephen Levin, a resident of Greenpoint, will be facing off against political novice Victoria Cambranes on Sunday. Photo by Mary Frost

Candidates for City Council District 33 (Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Greenpoint, Williamsburg) will be debating this Sunday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. at the Commons Café, 388 Atlantic Ave.

Incumbent Democrat Stephen Levin, a resident of Greenpoint, will be facing off against political novice Victoria Cambranes, a Greenpoint native and independent candidate running under the Progress for All Party.

Cambranes’ platform focuses on issues affecting affordable housing and infrastructure, according to her campaign website.

“The unfortunate side effects are the recent deaths of cyclists on our streets, the unprecedented displacement of those who have called Brooklyn home for generations, and the frustrations of residents in communicating their concerns,” she wrote.

According to DNAinfo.com, Cambranes moved back to Greenpoint six months ago from England, where she’d been living since 2011 to attend graduate school and work.

Levin has focused on issues including affordable housing and open space, recently helping to ensure that the city acquired the final parcel of the 27-acre waterfront Bushwick Inlet Park. As chair of the Council’s General Welfare Committee, he has held hearings on the foster care system, child protective services and medical services for the homeless. Levin has received the support of StreetsPAC due to his success in convincing the Department of Transportation to redesign Jay Street with protected bike lanes and pedestrian islands.

Levin came under fire from some constituents, however, when he negotiated a deal for the controversial sale and development of the site of the Brooklyn Heights Library.

Candidates will share their views on current community issues and their plans to improve the district. The debate is being hosted by WBAI.

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The general election takes place on Nov. 7.

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