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.

Some additional NYC Ferry news, the South Willaimsburg pier will also be closed for 8-10 weeks to improve the pier and m...
03/23/2021

Some additional NYC Ferry news, the South Willaimsburg pier will also be closed for 8-10 weeks to improve the pier and make it ADA accessible. Details below in English, Spanish, and Yiddish

Some NYC Ferry news, the DUMBO pier will be closed starting April 5 for 8-10 weeks. The pier will be moved to Fulton Fer...
03/23/2021

Some NYC Ferry news, the DUMBO pier will be closed starting April 5 for 8-10 weeks. The pier will be moved to Fulton Ferry Landing. Details below in English, Spanish and Yiddish.

We are excited to be announcing this year's Participatory Budgeting projects. All the projects can be found on my websit...
03/22/2021

We are excited to be announcing this year's Participatory Budgeting projects. All the projects can be found on my website at www.stephenlevin.nyc/pb-2021.

We have only included expense projects this year in trying to meet the immediate need in our neighborhoods that the pandemic has unveiled. I want ot thank everyone who gave us ideas and the D33 District Committee for all the hard work carrying the process through.

We will share the voting link as soon as it is ready. And we will have some in-person voting on the weekend of April 10-11. Details to come!

03/18/2021
CM Stephen L. Levin invite, Samaritans Webinar March 19 Accentuate the Positive PDF.pdf

It has been a long, hard road navigating the countless challenges brought on by the pandemic. But there are approaches we can utilize that will help us as we seek a path to a brighter day.

Accentuate the Positive borrows from clinical and spiritual practice, academic, corporate and self-help teachings in providing us tools we can use to be more positive and productive including: time management; value theory; personal organization; emotional vocabulary; journal writing; creative visualization and more.

Join the Samaritans Su***de Prevention Center NYC today at 1pm for their Accentuate the Positive webinar.

To register click here: https://bit.ly/CMLevinSamaritansWebinarMarch19Flier

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I am so happy to be bringing back the Brooklyn Youth Policy Council. It will be virtual and only have five sessions for ...
03/04/2021

I am so happy to be bringing back the Brooklyn Youth Policy Council. It will be virtual and only have five sessions for the remainder of the year but they will be informative and fun. And once again in partnership with Congresswoman Velazquez, Assemblymember Simon, and Senator Kavanagh.

Youth in grades 8-12 can sign up at bit.ly/BrooklynYPC

The City has a Youth PB process that is in the Voting stage right now, anyone from 9-24 who lives in NYC can vote on 5 o...
02/12/2021
🗳 Vote - It's Our Money - NYC Civic Engagement Commission (CEC)

The City has a Youth PB process that is in the Voting stage right now, anyone from 9-24 who lives in NYC can vote on 5 out of 49 projects with $100,000 allocated. Voting ends 2/21.

Young people vote and decide on how to spend $100,000 to address their needs in this moment.

Over a decade ago discussions were begun to remove the MTA Paratransit and Emergency Response Unit (ERU) located in Nort...
02/02/2021
Greenpointers slam MTA for 'absurd' 16-year park delay

Over a decade ago discussions were begun to remove the MTA Paratransit and Emergency Response Unit (ERU) located in North Brooklyn at 65 Commercial St so that the City could build a much-needed park. In 2013 an agreement was made to move the space into a proposed development at 77 Commercial St being built by Clipper Equity. And yet today, as the project is underway and despite the best efforts of Clipper Equity and the local elected officials, the MTA has refused to move the facility. Box Street Park will remain incomplete until the ERU is moved. The community will not have the open space it was promised. We call on the MTA to have a serious conversation and work in good faith with the developer and the officials to relocate the ERU and make way for the full park the community wants and needs.

The MTA has refused to move vehicles off of a plot of land in Greenpoint to a new facility next door, causing a 16 year delay of a long-promised park.

The approved open culture streets have been released. More details to come but take a look and see what is near you.
02/01/2021
Open Culture Event - CECM

The approved open culture streets have been released. More details to come but take a look and see what is near you.

Please review the list below for the latest Open Culture street locations by borough. More information regarding the Open Culture program will be released soon. Please check back for updates.

02/01/2021

Emergency Alert
TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS: Mayor de Blasio has issued a State of Emergency for New York City due to winter weather. All vehicles restricted on NYC roads until 6AM on 2/2. except for essential ad emergency travel. Near blizzard conditions expected.

Stay safe everyone, and stay inside if you can and use caution when going outside if you have to.

Due to heavy snow, the Citi Bike system will be temporarily closed starting Monday, 2/1 at 7am. No bikes can be rented a...
02/01/2021
Citi Bike: NYC’s Official Bike Sharing System | Citi Bike NYC

Due to heavy snow, the Citi Bike system will be temporarily closed starting Monday, 2/1 at 7am. No bikes can be rented after the closure has begun, though bikes that are in use can be returned to any station with an available dock. For more info: https://www.citibikenyc.com/

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Staten Island Ferry Delays

Due to the severe weather, Staten Island Ferry riders are advised to allow for extra travel time beginning this evening (1/31) and continuing throughout the storm. The Staten Island Ferry will be operating on a modified schedule tomorrow morning (2/1), with departures every 20 minutes from both terminals during the AM rush.

Experience the best way to get around Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens & Jersey City with Citi Bike, New York’s bike share system.

01/31/2021

Some closure notices for tomorrow, we will share as more come in. Stay inside if you can, bundle up if you can't.

Schools will be closed, all lessons will be virtual.

Test and Trace (T2) sites will be closed on Monday 2/1. This includes all pop-up testing sites, mobile testing sites, self-test sites, and T2 run vaccination sites (Bathgate, BAT).

All Meal Hubs closed on Monday 2/1.

Open Restaurants roadway dining is suspended Monday 2/1 until notice is given.

All bus service in and out of the Port Authority is suspended Monday 2/1

01/27/2021
421-a Press Conference with Housing Rights Initiative

This morning’s press conference calling for a comprehensive audit of the 421a tax benefit program. Housing Rights Initiative (HRI) announced 3 class action lawsuits against landlords cheating on $20million in tax benefits. It’s time to end 421-a fraud.

There are only three days left to submit a project idea for Participatory Budgeting in District 33 this year. We have ha...
01/26/2021
2020 - 2021 PB Process — Council Member Stephen Levin

There are only three days left to submit a project idea for Participatory Budgeting in District 33 this year. We have had some really exciting ideas already but there is always room for more to be considered.

This year we have allocated $30,000 towards expense projects. The list of last year's funded projects is below for reference. If you have any questions please email or call Benjamin Solotaire, [email protected] or 646 584 1718.

- NYCHA Resident Gardening Project
- 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

In addition to serving as Chair of the General Welfare Committee, Council Member Stephen Levin currently serves on the Cultural Affairs, Education, Environmental Protection, Land Use, and Transportation Committees, as well as the Subcommittee on Landmarks/Public Siting.

Department of Transporation is hosting a meeting about Open Streets to learn how they are used and get feedback from the...
01/22/2021

Department of Transporation is hosting a meeting about Open Streets to learn how they are used and get feedback from the community. This has been one of the most innovative ideas to come out of the pandemic and we need your input on how to make the program better. Registration is required. The links are:

Wednesday Feb 10 at 6:00pm - HTTP://bit.ly/3c0husE
Thursday Feb 11 at 12:00pm - HTTP://bit.ly/3sK1uB8

Have recommendations for NYC’s new Open Culture program for District 33? We want to hear from you!Open Culture will conn...
01/18/2021
Share your thoughts on NYC's Open Culture Program

Have recommendations for NYC’s new Open Culture program for District 33? We want to hear from you!
Open Culture will connect artists, musicians & performance groups to outdoor street space, let us know what streets you want available for arts & theater: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1lRix6mAQcZ7vK4-4xKpvkYUu5gR5qLbY55mKKuH0J7U/viewform?edit_requested=true

Following the passage of Council legislation, Intro. 2068, New York City will implement an Open Culture program to allow eligible art and cultural institutions, or cultural venues to use approved open space for artistic or cultural events. The program will go into effect from March 1, 2021 until at....

Please join us for a virtual Town Hall on PB next Thursday Janu 14th at 7:30pm. While PB is officially suspended due to ...
01/08/2021

Please join us for a virtual Town Hall on PB next Thursday Janu 14th at 7:30pm. While PB is officially suspended due to the pandemic I am happy to be continuing the process with my fellow Council Members Brad Lander and Carlos Menchaca. Join our D33 District Committee and other guests to learn about the D33 process and the current state of PB in NYC and it's future.

You can rsvp at https://forms.gle/BNNuTeyaHxUWbhNM9

12/30/2020
www.dec.ny.gov

DEC Invites Public Comment About Proposal to Address Contamination at Brownfield Site on Commercial St., Brooklyn

This link opens a fact sheet that invites the public to comment on a proposed remedy to address contamination related to the 45 Commercial Street, site ID #C224304 (Brooklyn, Kings County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program:

https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/der/factsheet/c224304cuprop.pdf

DEC is accepting public comments about the proposal through February 13, 2021. Please see fact sheet for details about the proposal and how to comment.

REMINDER: Free meals are available 12/30 & 12/31 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sites will be closed 1/1.
12/30/2020
Community Meals

REMINDER: Free meals are available 12/30 & 12/31 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sites will be closed 1/1.

Get free Grab-and-Go meals for all New Yorkers at locations across the city.

Bus lane camera warnings begin today on the Jay Street Busway in Downtown Brooklyn (Livingston to Tillary Street).NYC DO...
12/29/2020

Bus lane camera warnings begin today on the Jay Street Busway in Downtown Brooklyn (Livingston to Tillary Street).

NYC DOT Metropolitan Transportation Authority - MTA NYPD 84th Precinct

Bus lane camera warnings begin today, 12/29 along the Jay Street Busway btn Livingston Street & Tillary Street in #Brooklyn. #BetterBuses

Following a 60-day warning period, motorists who drive or stand in the bus lane on weekdays from 7AM-7PM will receive violations.

I wanted to let everyone know that we have extended the deadline for idea submissions for Participatory Budgeting to Jan...
12/29/2020
2020 - 2021 PB Process — Council Member Stephen Levin

I wanted to let everyone know that we have extended the deadline for idea submissions for Participatory Budgeting to January 29th, 2021. We have been getting some great ideas but want to make sure everyone has a chance to put in their ideas on how to make their communities better for all. Details and the idea submission form can be found below.

Have a happy new year everyone!

In addition to serving as Chair of the General Welfare Committee, Council Member Stephen Levin currently serves on the Cultural Affairs, Education, Environmental Protection, Land Use, and Transportation Committees, as well as the Subcommittee on Landmarks/Public Siting.

The Gowanus Wildcats performed this week at the Flatbush Ave holiday event in Flatbush and 6th Ave. They were amazing as...
12/23/2020

The Gowanus Wildcats performed this week at the Flatbush Ave holiday event in Flatbush and 6th Ave. They were amazing as always (sorry the video doesn't want to upload!). Afterwards, we were able to give them some Holiday gift cards thanks to the hard work of Deedra Cheatham. They are amazing young women and a shout out to the amazing Rene Flowers, drill team instruction extraordinaire.

In case you were thinking about it...Due to winter weather conditions, all NYC Ferry routes will be suspended after 6 PM...
12/16/2020
Service Alerts - New York City Ferry Service

In case you were thinking about it...

Due to winter weather conditions, all NYC Ferry routes will be suspended after 6 PM tonight, 12/16. Consider alternate routes and allow for additional travel time.



For more information, please visit: www.ferry.nyc/service-alerts

NYC Ferry operated by Hornblower, is the newest way for New Yorkers and visitors to “Work Live and Play”. The ferry service connects the New York boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx to provide critical transportation links for areas currently underserved by transit and connect...

12/16/2020

After opening new elevators at the Bedford Ave L stop and the Greenpoint Ave G stop this month we have even more good news, the Metropolitan Ave/Lorimer G/L stop will be getting elevators as well! Here's the MTA press release about the entire new plan.

Eight Stations Throughout the Five Boroughs
17 New Elevators Will be Built at Eight Stations

The Project is Being Funded by Federal Grant Money Already Received by the MTA

Winning Proposal Includes a Separate 15-year Maintenance Agreement

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced an accessibility project including eight stations throughout the five boroughs that will result in 17 new elevators. This project is being funded by federal grant money already received by the MTA and highlights the Authority’s ongoing commitment to systemwide accessibility.

The aggressive pace of work is a hallmark of the new MTA Construction & Development (C&D) organization, finding new ways of doing business to drive down costs and perform work more quickly. The winning proposal, which came in at a cost below the MTA's budget estimates, includes a separate 15-year maintenance agreement, making it a design-build-maintain (DBM) project.

The MTA’s $54.8 billion 2020-2024 Capital Plan and its 2015-2019 Capital Plan amendment included funding for 70 ADA projects in the subway system and the Staten Island Railway. But most of the capital plan is on-hold due to the COVID-19 crisis. The only way to ensure that this initiative -- the largest commitment to new ADA stations in history -- moves forward is for the federal government to deliver significant funding to the MTA as part of any future COVID relief package. However, the eight ADA elevator projects awarded in this procurement were able to move forward because of existing federal grant money.

“Our commitment to improving accessibility remains a priority despite the difficult financial situation the MTA is facing,” said Janno Lieber, President of MTA Construction & Development. “These improvements are great news for our customers and reflect Construction & Development’s innovative strategies to better deliver projects faster and more efficiently than ever before -- using design build project delivery, incentives for cutting schedules, and packaging multiple ADA stations into more efficient bundles."

“Modernizing our system is critically important -- but our North Star must always be making sure our transit system is accessible for absolutely everyone,” said Sarah Feinberg, Interim President of New York City Transit. “Ensuring every New Yorker has equal access to the system is not just a top priority, it is a necessity. This is a major step towards that goal.”

The following stations are included in this project:

Brooklyn:
7th Av FG - 3 elevators
Grand St L - 2 elevators
Metropolitan Av-Lorimer St GL - 5 elevators
3 at Lorimer St
2 at Metropolitan Av
The Bronx:

E 149 St 6 - 2 elevators
Manhattan:

Dyckman St 1 - 1 elevator
* The Dyckman St station is already accessible in the southbound direction. This project will add an elevator on the northbound side.
Queens:

Beach 67 St A - 2 elevators
Staten Island:

New Dorp (SIR) - 2 elevators

12/15/2020
NYC DOT - Motorists & Parking - Alternate Side Parking

Please be advised that the New York City Department of Transportation announced that Alternate Side Parking Regulations will be suspended 12/16-12/17 to facilitate snow removal. Payment at parking meters will remain in effect throughout NYC.



For more information, please visit: http://on.nyc.gov/1cAl5rj

Schedules and updates on NYC alternate side parking rules.

12/05/2020

As we kick off this pandemic version of Participatory Budgeting I thought it would be a good time to ask for some feedback.

PB has always been driven by the community with volunteers designing and running the majority of the process.

How would you change it? Give us your feedback so we can make it better for everyone.

PB in District 33 is underway. We are collecting ideas throughout the month of December. We want to know what is importa...
12/02/2020
Participatory Budgeting 2021 for District 33

PB in District 33 is underway. We are collecting ideas throughout the month of December. We want to know what is important to you and how your tax dollars get spent! PB is the best way for you to work together as a community, to learn about the needs and interests of your neighbors, and to influence public spending. Submit your ideas at the link below and feel free to ask any questions!

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. If you have any questions please email Ben Solotaire at bso...

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I think it's fair to say our city is in a crisis. Crime is being ignored. Hardworking New Yorkers' concerns are being ignored. The NYPD is being maligned. There is less, & less enforcement of our laws. We have drivers driving without any insurance, muggers are emboldened, & the homeless are left to their own devices. Please address our concerns for once. We want better policing. We want the police in our subways, & on our platforms. We ask that you address our concerns. Respectfully Robert NYC.
What is wrong with cops helping the homeless? Are you mental or is just the mental homeless that are all over NYC? Try visiting NYC soon and see for yourself. At least the cops can get them help instead of me getting assaulted. I can't even believe this.
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.