Which Stephen Is Right For Greenpoint? Vote Brooklyn!

Lucky for us the Brooklyn Eagle created this Brooklyn Voter Guide, because I was too busy taking Instagram photos of Kate, my new office buddy.

What you need to know:

“The polls open at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 9 p.m. You must be a registered member of a particular party to vote in that party’s primary. And don’t expect the computerized voting system that has been in place for a couple of years and that New Yorkers were just starting to get used to. Instead, the old pull lever voting machines are back, just for this primary.”

Decide NYC is pretty straightforward if you want to find out who is running for what and for which party. Mayor, Comptroller, Public Advocate, Brooklyn Boro President, and City Council for District 33 (Williamsburg & Greenpoint), which locally is the “Battle of the Stephens” – that’s Stephen Levin and Stephen Pierson.

This is an important election, especially with issues like Greenpoint Landing and
77 Commercial St, two developments on the horizon which will directly impact life
here in Greenpoint. The two recently debated  and last week Stephen P. held a Save Greenpoint Rally for “reasonable development.”

Many who attended the debate criticize Stephen P. for being “green” and not very 
articulate, and whether he can actually do anything to rezone the waterfront and 
prevent the 40 story high rises at this stage in the game is questionable. One area 
where he is outspoken is with regards to bike and pedestrian safety. He also was 
attacked for not ever voting himself, which he regrets.

Stephen Levin, our current Council Member and brunch hero, can’t live down his association with the vile and corrupt Vito Lopez and during the 
debate admitted to funding Vito’s political organization in Ridgewood, according 
to contributor Gina P who was there, even though he assures that he has cut ties with him. And while Levin has been an advocate for our local 
homeless population and for community safety – he was personally handing 
out police sketches of the rape suspect this summer – the question of trust is on the minds of Greenpointers.

So which Stephen is right for Greenpoint? You decide today.

If you need to find out where to vote – visit NYC Board of Elections.

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IS318 Wins!, Sgt. William Dougherty Park To Close, Levin vs. Pierson, Free Events, Exorcise Pool, Greenpoint Hotel – The Hook-Up: 8/5

Artwork by Tamara Garvey

• Hurray! IS318 “The Brooklyn Castle” Chess Team reached their goal of raising $67,785! That doesn’t mean you can’t still make a donation!

• Did you know Greenpoint has a park called Sgt. William Dougherty Park? It’s right by the BQE on Meeker and Vandervoort Ave. Don’t get too attached, it will be closed for four years while the Kosciusko Bridge gets a major facelift (Brooklyn Paper)

• Watch out Levin, Pierson is talking nice to pedestrians and bikers. “Stephen Pierson, who is running against incumbent Stephen Levin (D-Greenpoint-Williamsburg) in the Sept. 10 Democratic Primary for the seat in the 33rd Council District, has released a nine-point transportation plan he said will improve public safety” (Brooklyn Eagle)

• If you can stand to venture out of Greenpoint, here are 18 Free Things to Do This Week in Brooklyn (Brokelyn)

• Would you swim in a pool that uses water diverted from the Newtown Creek? The future (theoretically) is the Exorcise Pool… (DNAinfo)

• “Residents of the Greenpoint Hotel are fed up with their landlord and want him fined and arrested. Tenants rallied Wednesday outside the Brooklyn Housing Court to demand a safer living environment.” (Greenpoint Gazette)

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Don’t Forget To Vote Brooklyn!

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Our lives have been turned upside down from Hurricane Sandy, which is even more of a reason to go and vote on election day tomorrow November 6, 2012. Due to the storm, poll site locations have changed, so check here to make sure you know where to vote tomorrow by simply entering your address or call (866) VOTE – NYC.

Letter from NYC Board of Elections

When a crisis like Hurricane Sandy happens again, it is our elected officials, locally and nationally, who are appointed to make important decisions that affect our lives and safety. Don’t you want to be a part of that decision making process?

Vote Brooklyn!

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Olechowski Beats Restler Becomes Greenpoint’s New District Leader

According to the Daily News and DNAinfo, after weeks of agonizing uncertainty and hand recounts, it has been reported that Chris Olechowski has taken Lincoln Restler’s place as State Committeeman for the 50th Assembly District for the Democratic Party in Brooklyn, which includes Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Wallabout.

Relieved? Angered? Confused? Leave your comments below.

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Love Buggies, Pussy Riot, Oil Spill Art, Trashy Food, Gropey Lopez: The Hook-Up 8/25

Love Buggies for Burning Man
© Brooklyn Based

• Via Brooklyn Based Facebook: “One of the many strange vehicles made in BK in preparation for Burning Man next week. These are Love Buggies made by the studio Overkill, spotted on Morgan Ave.”

Brokelyn: Free Pussy Riot! Legal defense fundraiser party coming to Brooklyn

• Animal: Graffiti Writers Warn Against Dangers of Oil Spills Via NYC Rooftop Spot

• Free Williamsburg: Sleigh Bells Host Anthony Bourdain in Austin on “No Reservations”

• GOOD: Forty Percent of Our Food Ends Up in the Trash

• Brooklyn Paper: Vito Lopez groped and tried to kiss workers, Albany ethics panel says

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It ain’t a boxing match people, it’s a debate between Lincoln Restler, who is our local State Committeeman and his challenger Chris Olechowski. And Chris is trying very hard to avoid getting into it with Lincoln because he will probably walk away with his tail between his legs, but I’m not taking sides here. In order to get Chris to agree to a debate, take one minute away from Facebook and SIGN THIS PETITION!

The goal is 100 signatures. We can do better than that!

Lots of people don’t care about politics but if you are going to care about any election, it should be the ones in your own backyard, like this one!

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It might not be all about Greenpoint, but it’s all about art… GO!

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Much of the reason why I live in this fine neighborhood is because I worked on Greenpoint Open Studio 2010, a magical event, which I believe was a huge success for artists in Greenpoint. The following year the GOS team was approached by Northside Media Group, aka The L Magazine, to “produce” Northside Open Studios, to include Greenpoint and Williamsburg artists, during the Northside Festival, the East Coast wannabe SXSW. What is open studios? It’s a day or weekend when all artists open their studios to the public. It rules!

The best word I can use to describe the Northside experience is clusterfuck.

(If you want to hear about North Brooklyn political art drama, continue reading. If not, check out Go!, a “community-curated” Brooklyn-wide Open Studios organized by the Brooklyn Museum, (and sponsored by The L Mag) happening in late September.)

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Locals On Occupy Wall Street

On Wednesday night, the Mayor informed protesters they must vacate Zucotti park on Friday morning at 7 a.m for “cleaning.” They will be allowed back into the park, but will not be able to use sleeping bags, tarps, nor will they be allowed to lay down, which may end the occupation.

The OWS protesters have been in the park since September 17th. They have a Sanitation Committee responsible for the park’s upkeep, and today they brought in power-washers and other equipment to clean the park themselves, perhaps not to Brookfield Property’s (the park owners) satisfaction.

Council Member Stephen Levin, along with member’s Lander, Mark-Viverito and Williams wrote a letter to the mayor asking him not to evict the protestors saying that, “traditions of free speech, public assembly, and public protest are a deep part of our American tradition, honored best of all in the civic spaces of New York City … we believe it would be a harmful disservice to these democratic traditions to evict them.” Read the full letter here.

This Saturday at 11am the movement is coming to Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza. Boro President Marty Markowitz told the Brooklyn Paper, “It was only a matter of time before the … rallies made their way to Brooklyn. There is no doubt that Americans — those in the ’99 percent’ — are hurting, and we can all agree that some of the issues being raised by these protests are concerns we can all rally around.”

Tonight we asked locals told Greenpointers tell us their reactions to Occupy Wall Street.

Watch our video of their responses here.

We would like to know your opinion, too. Please comment.

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