Stephen Levin – Dem
Steve Levin enjoys representing his diverse district, and believes he gained valuable experience in his first term as Councilmember. Regarding reform issues, he thinks discretionary funding should be allocated according to need rather than through a political process decided by the speaker. Levin supports decentralizing the power in the City Council by establishing an independent bill drafting office, and giving committee chairs more power in hiring staff. Levin also ran a $1 million participatory budgeting project in his district. Beyond reform issues, Levin’s priorities are establishing transparency in the educational budget, replacing the Advantage program for the homeless, which was eliminated, and ensuring parks tied to development along the waterfront in his district are constructed. Citizens Union believes Levin is generally supportive of our reform issues yet has not been a leader on good government issues. His funding Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, which is outside of his district, and his relationship with Vito Lopez, raises additional questions. Councilmember Levin is becoming more reform-minded but he has not yet reached the point of earning our preference.
Stephen Pierson – Dem