(l-r) Elizabeth Adams, Victoria Cambranes, Sabrina Gates, Toba Potosky, Lincoln Restler, Stu Sherman, Benjamin Solotaire & April Somboun at June 6 debate.
As Stephen Levin nears the end of his three terms in office representing Brooklyn’s 33rd City Council District, eight Democratic candidates are vying to replace him — bringing varied resumes and competing visions on key issues like policing, the crumbling Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and the recent tide of development in the district’s neighborhoods.
The 33rd District stretches along Brooklyn’s East River waterfront, from Greenpoint to Boerum Hill. It straddles an eclectic group of neighborhoods, including Brooklyn Heights, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and parts of Downtown Brooklyn, Williamsburg, and Gowanus.
With eight candidates running, Democrats in the 33rd District will choose from a larger-than-usual slate of potential Council members at this month’s election (with early voting June 12-20 and primary day June 22), reflecting the groundswell of candidates across the city this year. The new slate of City Council members will serve a two-year term instead of the usual four years, as the city must perform redistricting based on the 2020 Census results.
Over the past two decades, Census data shows that the council district has seen a significant influx of white residents, while Black and Hispanic residents have moved out. As of 2010, Census data showed residents of the 33rd City Council District were 73.5 percent…