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Gotham Votes 2013

33rd City Council District


Incumbent Councilman Stephen T. Levin won a competitive Democratic Party primary against Brooklyn Democratic Committee Chairman Stephen Pierson. Levin's only obstacle to re-election is a little-known candidate on the Conservative Party line.

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Stephen T Levin

Stephen T Levin (D, WF)

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Biography: Levin is currently serving his first term in City Council representing the 33rd district in Brooklyn. He began his career working with the Lead Safe House, a anti-predatory lending program, and at the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council. At the Lead Safe House he helped remove families that had children with lead poisoning from toxic homes. In 2006 he went to work for the state Assembly as chief of staff to then-Assemblyman Vito Lopez. He grew up in Plainfield, N.J., and moved to Brooklyn after graduating from Brown University.

John A. Jasilli (C)

No candidate information was available at press time.

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Stephen T Levin

Stephen T Levin (D, WF)

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Biography: Levin is currently serving his first term in City Council representing the 33rd district in Brooklyn. He began his career working with the Lead Safe House, a anti-predatory lending program, and at the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council. At the Lead Safe House he helped remove families that had children with lead poisoning from toxic homes. In 2006 he went to work for the state Assembly as chief of staff to then-Assemblyman Vito Lopez. He grew up in Plainfield, N.J., and moved to Brooklyn after graduating from Brown University.

Stephen E Pierson

Stephen E Pierson (D)

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Biography: Pierson, a Brooklyn Democratic County Committee chairman and member of Community Board 2, is described by The New York Times as looking like "modern Brooklyn" — that is, a skinny jeans-wearing, doting hipster father who also happens to be the publisher of an art journal called Canteen. On his website and in interviews, he makes it clear that he is positioning himself as a reform candidate to take on the establishment represented by longtime Brooklyn power broker Vito Lopez. Pierson is challenging incumbent Stephen Levin, who has referred to Lopez as a "mentor," for the 33rd district.

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