Stephen Levin

Stephen Levin New York City Council Member representing Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, Vinegar Hill, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Boerum Hill, part of Bed-Stuy

Stephen Levin was elected in 2009 to represent the 33rd District in the New York City Council, which includes the diverse communities of Greenpoint, parts of Williamsburg, Vinegar Hill, Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill and parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant. A native of Plainfield, New Jersey, Stephen moved to Brooklyn to work as a community organizer after graduating from Brown University. Stephen started his career by simultaneously running a Lead Safe House program and an anti-predatory lending program, both based in Bushwick. The Lead Safe House program helped to relocate families of lead-poisoned children out of hazardous apartments. Stephen also used this program to work with homeowners to effectively and efficiently remediate lead contamination. As director of the anti-predatory lending program, Stephen organized homeowners throughout the community through grassroots outreach and community workshops about the dangers of subprime mortgages. Working with the City, local elected officials, and advocacy groups, Stephen was able to galvanize the community against the unscrupulous lending practices that were decimating the neighborhood with foreclosures. In 2006, Stephen went to work for the New York State Assembly, where his non-profit experience allowed him to advocate effectively for constituents. During his first term in the City Council, Stephen has proven to be a leader on education and early childhood issues, and an advocate for increased open space in our communities and transportation safety initiatives. He has passed legislation requiring the Dept. of Education to notify families and teachers about potential PCB contamination, and has sponsored resolutions calling for mandatory kindergarten and breakfast-in-the-classroom, as well as stronger standards for Rent Guidelines Board members. In addition to serving as Chair of the Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions, Council Member Levin serves on the Education, Economic Development, Environmental Protection, General Welfare, Land Use, and Lower Manhattan Redevelopment committees.

Participatory Budgeting in District 33 is Back!I am very happy to be bringing PB back for its ninth year in District 33....
11/11/2020
Participatory Budgeting 2021 for District 33

Participatory Budgeting in District 33 is Back!

I am very happy to be bringing PB back for its ninth year in District 33. Due to the pandemic, PB will not be the same this year as in years past. First of all because along with Council Member Lander, our neighbor in District 39, we are the only Brooklyn Council districts to be offering Participatory Budgeting this year (one district in Manhattan is also doing PB). We recognize that community involvement is the best way to respond to the needs of the moment.

In this time of Covid-19, we need to be concentrating on the present and on projects that can have a more direct impact on people's lives in a more timely manner. To that end, for this cycle we will be doing something slightly different: we will only be funding expense projects. We will continue to monitor capital projects from years past and may bring it back next year but for now we are concentrating on expense projects.

What are expense projects you might ask? Well, we have been funding Expense Projects for the past two years and had some great projects. Past projects include:

2019
NYCHA Gardening Project w/ Gowanus Canal Conservancy
Teaching Creativity with Digital Tools w/ MAKE STEAM
Books for Williamsburgh Library

2020*
NYCHA Gardening Project Con't
Electric Parks Equipment w/ North Brooklyn Parks Alliance
Environmental Workshops for students w/ Newtown Creek Alliance
Circus Workshops for middle school students w/ Bindlestiff Circus
Tree Maintenance Materials w/ Greenpoint Treet Corp
* Due to voting being canceled this year the Councilmember funded all but one of the suggested projects but at a lower amount than was asked for.


The criteria for Expense projects to be considered are as follows:

A. Projects must be able to be completed for between $5,000 and $10,000
B. Groups responsible for the projects must be eligible to receive City funds. You can apply as an individual but must have an approved fiscal sponsor. (You can email Ben at [email protected] with any questions about this)
C. Projects must be completed within the 2022 fiscal year. (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022)
D. There must be a designated organization that will be responsible for the completion of the project

Ideas can be submitted thru the link below:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1n5-l4fShB6J3v6F1OlAFO6zO860bFDjX1oPCdg-lHCI/edit

And we need your help too! Ways to get involved include:

District Committee Member: work with others to guide the process over the course of the year
Project Evaluation: help evaluate the projects based on equity, feasibility and need to decide what gets on the ballot
Graphics: design eye-catching social media posts and flyers promoting PB
Technology: help us think of new and better ways to get the word out
Translation: translate materials into languages used in the district

Any questions can be directed to Ben Solotaire, Director of PB, [email protected], or 646 584 1718

Now is the time to reimagine how we serve people, so let us know what you are thinking. As always, all ideas will be considered, so use your imagination. The deadline for submissions will be December 31, 2020. Voting as always will be in the early spring of 2021.

Thank you

As the City suspends central PB operations, District 33 PB Committee (composed of local volunteers and stakeholders) is working with CM Steve Levin to maintain the program for a more equitable distribution of City funds across our district. The criteria for Expense projects to be considered are as f...

Statement from Councilmember Levin on NYPD Leadership and AccountabiltyEarlier this year, New York State Senator Zellnor...
11/07/2020

Statement from Councilmember Levin on NYPD Leadership and Accountabilty

Earlier this year, New York State Senator Zellnor Myrie attended a protest in Brooklyn and was pepper sprayed by NYPD officers. This week, in a troubling case of history repeating itself, the city watched video of our elected Public Advocate Jumaane Williams shoved back by a police bicycle with his hands in the air.

Incidents like these, and the subsequent lack of accountability, erode the faith of the public in the police department and discredit the NYPD's ability to serve and protect our communities. We need new leadership and increased accountability in order to restore the relationship between the police and the public.

Police must be accountable to the communities they serve. To that end we must reform the City Administrative Code 14-115, and take the absolute authority for discipline away from the NYPD Commissioner so that we can be confident that when a police officer engages in misconduct, there will be real consequences.

To address the leadership crisis, I call on NYPD Commissioner Shea to resign, and if he refuses it is the responsibility of the Mayor to fire him. Commissioner Shea has overseen a disastrous year for NYPD community relations, marked by an ongoing excessive response to nonviolent protests in our streets and a fatal increase in gun violence across the city.

Legitimate questions about these concerns are answered with no real plan or explanation outside of blaming newly passed bail reforms, Council legislation to enforce the NYPD prohibiting choke holds, and city wide budget cuts. And even when some protesters cross the line and engage in violence, for which I make no excuses, NYPD’s policy seems to be to escalate and retaliate with no strategy whatsoever.

Leadership and accountability are necessary for any public instituation, and even moreso for an agency as powerful and important as the NYPD. With these steps we can move forward in the difficult work of creating a city that is safe for everyone. Public trust in the police is required for them to be effective, and in order for them to safely do their jobs.

Statement from Councilmember Stephen Levin Concerning the Events in Downtown Brooklyn on October 27, 2020I was dishearte...
10/30/2020

Statement from Councilmember Stephen Levin Concerning the Events in Downtown Brooklyn on October 27, 2020

I was disheartened and dismayed by the events which took place in Downtown Brooklyn, which is in my district, on Tuesday evening. I support the Black Lives Matter movement - full stop. I cherish and will always stand for the right to protest and demonstrate vigorously. Just as I was sickened by the killing of George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor, and Daniel Prude, and so many Black men and women before, I was sickened by the killing of Walter Wallace Jr. in Philadelphia. Taking to the streets to protest and demonstrate his killing is a moral imperative. What started out as a peaceful protest on Tuesday evening, however, turned into the following: garbage cans thrown into the street, fires set, at least nine police cars and three personal cars vandalized. The damage also extended to homes and businesses - big and small - along Court Street and Atlantic Avenue. Multiple small businesses, not just big banks and Starbucks and Urban Outfitters, had their windows smashed or storefront defaced or outdoor dining setups destroyed. Who is that helping? These are businesses who are making it during COVID by the skin of their teeth and destroying their things was not right.

I have heard the calls to fundamentally change policing’s role in society, from the revolutionary to the reform-minded. I have heard the calls to defund the police and to make the police more accountable. I’ve also heard from impacted communities that they want to live and raise their families in safety. Our job is to find a way to make these objectives compatible and not mutually exclusive. It would be easy to retreat into dogma and mutual recrimination. It’s much more difficult to try to work productively with those we disagree with, sometimes fundamentally, on these most important issues of our time, but it’s the right thing to do.

And as we take to the streets in solidarity with the cause of justice, let us be mindful of the well-being of others and the consequences of our actions on all of those around us and those we love.

Atlantic Ave BK Brooklyn Heights Association Downtown Brooklyn Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce BOERUM HILL AT LARGE

A reminder for DUMBO & Vinegar Hill about the water shutdown from 10 PM tonight (10/16) until 6 AM tomorrow (10/17) for ...
10/16/2020

A reminder for DUMBO & Vinegar Hill about the water shutdown from 10 PM tonight (10/16) until 6 AM tomorrow (10/17) for the DDC street reconstruction project.

- John St. from Adam St. to Gold St.
- Plymouth St. from Pearl St. to Bridge St.
- Water St. from Pearl St. to Gold St.
- Front St. from Bridge St. to Gold St.
- Bridge St. from John St. to Prospect St.
- Pearl St. from John St. to Water St.
- Jay St. from Water St. to John St.
- Gold St. from Front St. to Water St.

Attached you will find the Community Advisory, a map with water shutdown limits and "handling a temporary water shutdown" information for more details.

Please contact the New York City Department of Design and Construction project CCL listed for any assistance, or Glomani from my office at [email protected] if any issues arise.

DUMBO, Brooklyn DUMBO Action Committee (DAC)

Countdown to our future. Last call. Phone and text bank. Join us for the last phone and text bank across all five boroug...
10/15/2020

Countdown to our future. Last call. Phone and text bank. Join us for the last phone and text bank across all five boroughs! Thursday, October 15, 2-4pm and 6-8pm. RSVP at nyc.gov/CensusHelp

Countdown to our future. Time is running out. Have you filled out your census yet? My2020census.gov.
10/15/2020

Countdown to our future. Time is running out. Have you filled out your census yet?

My2020census.gov.

10/13/2020

Notice from Park Church Coop:

No-cost flu vaccines for Greenpoint community members

This Saturday, October 17, 12pm - 4pm
Outside @ 129 Russell Street, Brooklyn 11222

Park Church Co-op will be outdoor hosting the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene and Walgreens to provide a limited number of flu vaccinations at no-cost to community members regardless of health coverage and immigration status.

Week three of the canned food drive. Help us make it bigger and better this week!
10/09/2020

Week three of the canned food drive. Help us make it bigger and better this week!

10/07/2020
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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

DEC Invites Public Comment About Draft Supplemental Plan to Investigate Contamination at Brownfield Site at 470 Kent Ave., Brooklyn

This link opens a fact sheet that invites public comment about a draft work plan to investigate contamination at 470 Kent Avenue, site #C224053 (Brooklyn, Kings County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program:

https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/der/factsheet/c224053suppriwp.pdf

DEC is accepting public comments about the draft work plan through November 6, 2020. Please see fact sheet for details about the draft plan and how to comment.

Two sites in Williamsburg for rapid testing block parties:Taylor St and Lee Ave (near Sobel and Roebling Playgrounds)Leo...
10/07/2020

Two sites in Williamsburg for rapid testing block parties:
Taylor St and Lee Ave (near Sobel and Roebling Playgrounds)
Leonard St and Montrose Ave (near Sternberg Park)

In order to keep our communities safe we need to wear masks, keep our distance and get tested.

Notice from NYC DOT regarding upcoming work:On or about October 5th, NYC DOT will close the Cadman Plaza Exit (Ramp 28A)...
09/30/2020

Notice from NYC DOT regarding upcoming work:

On or about October 5th, NYC DOT will close the Cadman Plaza Exit (Ramp 28A) of the Queens-bound BQE to begin rehabilitation of the Hicks Street wall at this exit ramp.

To access Cadman Plaza, motorists can use Atlantic Avenue (Exit 27) and follow the detour on the following page. The ramp will be closed until mid-December 2020.

COVID-19 has impacted our communities & families in so many difficult ways. Join North Brooklyn faith leaders & communit...
09/28/2020
Brooklyn Heals Together

COVID-19 has impacted our communities & families in so many difficult ways. Join North Brooklyn faith leaders & community members in a service of remembrance and healing of those lost.

Thank you @DianaZelvin North Brooklyn Neighbors & others for organizing. RSVP: https://t.co/9mrylZoXdp?amp=1

A service of remembrance & healing

We’re outside 410 Atlantic Ave handing out free backpacks residents and encouraging voter registration and census comple...
09/27/2020

We’re outside 410 Atlantic Ave handing out free backpacks residents and encouraging voter registration and census completion! Come down now and get yours!

This Sunday, September 27th, please join us for a *socially distant* backpack giveaway for NYCHA residents. Starting from 11am-5pm stop by my office (410 Atlantic Ave) and pick up a backpack for the students in your family! Please see the schedule below and join us for the time that best suits you.

09/27/2020
NYC - COVID-19 Food Assistance

From: Notify NYC

Sites for free Grab & Go meals are changing starting Monday, and hours will be 3pm-5pm starting Tuesday. Check nyc.gov/GetFood for latest.

This Sunday, September 27th, please join us for a *socially distant* backpack giveaway for NYCHA residents. Starting fro...
09/25/2020

This Sunday, September 27th, please join us for a *socially distant* backpack giveaway for NYCHA residents. Starting from 11am-5pm stop by my office (410 Atlantic Ave) and pick up a backpack for the students in your family! Please see the schedule below and join us for the time that best suits you.

09/17/2020

With the latest announcement that in-person school will be delayed for what is shaping up to be a phased-in reopening plan, hundreds of thousands of families are left scrambling to explain to this change to students, trying to find childcare or rearrange their work schedule, and wondering what will be different in another week.

A phased-in approach, like the one proposed by Councilmember Mark Treyger and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, always made the most sense. No one should be going back into school buildings without necessary facility and safety requirements met, a robust testing and contact tracing program, and adequate staff. School staff, administrators, and families have been saying all of this for months. They have also been calling for improvements to the remote learning programs which will make up the majority of our public school students' education. I am glad to see the mayor and chancellor finally on board with at least some of these realities.

At the 11th hour, and on the heels of the previous last-minute delay, we have another disruption that could have been avoided by listening to the pleas of our teachers, principals, and families. The Mayor and the DOE are squandering what little faith was left in our public education system.

Open Streets: Restaurants hours EXTENDED.Per the AABID & NYCDOT: Starting tomorrow, Fri 9/18, Hoyt Street between Scherm...
09/17/2020

Open Streets: Restaurants hours EXTENDED.

Per the AABID & NYCDOT: Starting tomorrow, Fri 9/18, Hoyt Street between Schermerhorn St and Atlantic Avenue will be closed to traffic from 11 AM - 11 PM to allow for roadway eating every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October 31st. Atlantic Ave BK

09/17/2020

The Mayor has announced a new timeline & plan for physical school building reopenings for in-person learning. They will be implementing a phased in reopening with in-person school beginning on the following schedule:

- Sept 21 for 3K, pre-K, District 75

- Sept 29 for K-5 & K-8 schools

- Oct 1 for middle & high schools

Students enrolled in full time remote cohorts will begin full-day instruction on Monday, Sept 21.

Students enrolled in blended/hybrid cohorts will be remote on Monday, September 21 until their in-person start date.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who has gotten a ticket and asked to appear at OATH. Learn how to deal with the v...
09/14/2020

This is a great opportunity for anyone who has gotten a ticket and asked to appear at OATH. Learn how to deal with the violation and what OATH is doing to make it easier for people to respond. And you can RSVP up until the morning of to [email protected]

This is a great opportunity to get advice on dealing with violations and learn how OATH (the Office of Administrative Tr...
09/10/2020

This is a great opportunity to get advice on dealing with violations and learn how OATH (the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings) works. RSVP required at [email protected]

Weather permitting, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will conduct ground-based spraying of mosquito adult...
09/01/2020
Mosquito Ground Adulticiding - 9.3-8.4 (BK.QN)

Weather permitting, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will conduct ground-based spraying of mosquito adulticide to help prevent West Nile Virus between 8:30 PM on 9/3 and 6:00 AM on 9/4. Application will be conducted in parts of the following Brooklyn and Queens ZIP codes: 11204, 11215, 11217, 11218, 11219, 11225, 11232, 11238, 11355, 11367, 11368, 11374 and 11375.

In the case of inclement weather, the alternate time frame for this activity is between 8:30 PM on 9/8 and 6:00 AM on 9/9.

For a map of specific locations, visit: https://flic.kr/p/2jCi22E

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As NYC faces a housing crisis, it’s time for us to end discriminatory background checks that only deepen challenges to h...
09/01/2020
New Yorkers with conviction records need homes, too

As NYC faces a housing crisis, it’s time for us to end discriminatory background checks that only deepen challenges to housing for New Yorkers who need it most.

"Formerly incarcerated people suffer from collateral consequences of incarceration — especially in obtaining housing — long after they’re released."

All New Yorkers need a safe place to call home. Read @KeithPowersNYC & my latest in the Daily News.

As our city continues to face challenging economic and public health outcomes from the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns around access to safe and affordable permanent housing are intensifying. But already, when someone leaves the criminal legal system, far too often, returning home is simply not an optio...

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Dear Coucilman Levin, can your office provide neighborhood associations with posters to post on bulletin boards to remind everyone to wear a mask ON THE NOSE AND MOUTH, not as a chin support? Thank you.Stay well. Monique Denoncin Vinegar Hill Association.
Your vote on the budget is indicative of your lack of understanding of or consideration for the people you represent. Your district is overwhelmingly left of center and yet your position has been and continues to be machine democrat right of center. You have clearly not processed the travesty that is happening throughout NYC in terms of police brutality and how that impacts on everything and everyone. Brooklyn, in particular has experienced a level of Police brutality that takes one's breath away and yet, this does not seem to matter to you. It is my profound hope that, in your next election, you are challenged by a progressive who unseats you as you have failed your constituents, Brooklyn and NYC as a whole.
Please, vote no on this sham budget. It does not reduce police funding, in fact it just shifts the burden of paying for police to other departments.
I, along with many other residents of Williamsburg would like to know why oh whyyyyy are there helicopters flying and hovering over us between the hours of 10pm-4am randomly? It’s always at least one particular helicopter flying around slowly and hovering. During a very stressful time for everyone, I really would like answer? All of us do! This needs to stop! It is not a NYPD helicopter or any recognizable news media helicopter either.
Wonderful to see you on channel 13 last night, thank you for telling the truth about the virus situation. You are the best, stay well. Monique Denoncin in Vinegar Hill.
Thx for your wisdom in todays MSNBC Interview
Another Shooting at the Farragut houses last night around 9:30pm! There's a billion dollar project going up to the right and Apts worth millions all over the neighborhood, new businesses popping up weekly. Still this genocide and violence continues on this block - at York & Gold sts and my building in smack in the middle of this on York st. Police presence comes and goes .. No solution in site
Hello, i read this today, I was wondering if there is somewhere I can sign up to volunteer? Thanks!
Please take a look at your inboxes.
This branch at Caton & E 10th has been like this for a week. Lots of kids walk almost under it to get to soccer and baseball camp. Seems the caution tape comes off and gets reapplied and yet it has yet to be safely secured.
Hi! Do you happen to know why the splash pad is not on at Walt Whitman Park? I tried to report it online and through 311 but that park isn’t showing up in the search on the 311 site. Thanks in advance!