Nydia Velázquez Backs Challenger to Councilman Steve Levin

Stephen Pierson speaks at his endorsement press conference at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
Stephen Pierson speaks at his endorsement press conference.

Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez does not forgive and she does not forget.

Ms. Velázquez, who has been staunchly battling the faction of Brooklyn Democrats once headed by disgraced former Assemblyman Vito Lopez, continued her fight today, endorsing Stephen Pierson, who is challenging Mr. Lopez’s former chief of staff, Councilman Steve Levin.

“He, like many of us, is tired of the politics of nepotism. He is tired of much-needed resources for our community being allocated outside of the district without any accountability,” Ms. Velázquez said at an event on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall. “On September 10th, the voters of the 33rd Councilmanic district will have a choice for transparency and for reform.”

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Levin and Pierson Trade Blows in Northern Brooklyn Battle

An anti-Councilman Steve Levin mailer sent from the Pierson campaign.
An anti-Steve Levin mailer sent from the Pierson campaign.

Two Brown University alumni named Stephen are facing off in a Brooklyn City Council race, but their similarities have not dulled the heat in one of the more contentious downballot contests in the city.

Councilman Steve Levin, facing a re-election challenge from Stephen Pierson, has endured a barrage of attacks from Mr. Pierson since the soft-spoken publisher launched his uphill campaign. The latest involves the Pierson camp claiming that Mr. Levin has been courting the support of a controversial real estate Super PAC.

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Vito Lopez Protegé Gets Prickly Reception at Anti-Lopez Club

Councilman Stephen Levin. (Photo: Facebook)
Councilman Stephen Levin. (Photo: Facebook)

Vito Lopez protegé and City Councilman Stephen Levin walked into the lion’s den last night, facing the virulently anti-Lopez New Kings Democratic club for the first time.

Mr. Levin, Mr. Lopez’s former chief of staff, was invited to a club candidate forum in a Williamsburg basement decorated with musical instruments, old video games and a pile of stuffed Care Bears, where members sipped beers and passed around pizza slices as candidates spoke. Members described the appearance as “an historic event for a very small group of people.”

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