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34th City Council District

by Gotham Gazette Staff, Aug 03, 2013
 

For a while, it looked as if disgraced former state Assemblyman Vito Lopez would win the Democratic Party's primary election to represent Brooklyn's 34th district. Voters didn't go for it, though, and nominated Antonio Reynoso instead. He's one of a handful of young Latinos on the rise on the political scene. He faces former district leader Gladys Santiago, who is running on the School Choice Party line, in the general election.

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Antonio Reynoso

Antonio Reynoso (D, WF)

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Biography: Reynoso is chief of staff to current 34th district Councilwoman Diana Reyna. Before working for the Council, he was a community organizer for the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now or ACORN. He was born and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and graduated from LeMoyne College in Syracuse in 2006.

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Gladys Santiago   (SC)

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Biography: A former district leader who has run for office previously, she unsuccessfully challenged current Councilwoman Reyna in 2009.

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Vito Lopez   (D)

Vito Lopez (D)

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Biography: Lopez is the former Assemblyman representing 53rd A.D. He resigned in 2013 because of sexual harassment accusations. A longtime Democratic powerbroker in Brooklyn, much of his influence stems from the founding of the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council in 1973. He ran for state Assembly and won in 1984, but remained closely tied to his organization. He became the chairman of the Kings County Democratic Party in 2006. He was born and raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Long Island University. He went on to graduate school for social work at Yeshiva University.

Antonio Reynoso

Antonio Reynoso

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Biography: Reynoso is chief of staff to current 34th district Councilwoman Diana Reyna. Before working for the Council, he was a community organizer for the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now or ACORN. He was born and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and graduated from LeMoyne College in Syracuse in 2006.

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Humberto Soto (D)

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Biography: Soto is the president of the Puerto Rican State Parade and Festival of New York

 

Tommy Torres

Tommy Torres

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Biography: Torres has been a public school teacher for 15 years. He is an active member of PS 157’s school leadership team, where he works on the school’s budgeting and education planning. He is also head coach and assistant athletic director of the Grand Street Campus Athletic Program. He was born and raised in Brooklyn and graduated from St. Francis College, received his master’s degree from Mercy College and a professional diploma from the College of St. Rose.

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Gladys Santiago   (D)

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Biography: A former district leader who has run for office previously, she unsuccessfully challenged current Councilwoman Reyna in 2009.


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