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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Stephen Wars

I should start by saying that never in my 4 years of living in Brooklyn, have I ever attended, or even considered attending, a local debate. Like the majority of Brooklynites, or, let’s be honest, people in general, (only 1 in 5 registered voters turned out in 2009), I have never gotten involved in local politics.

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Voting is Open for BROOKLYN, SWEDEN Song Contest (Deadline: 8/8)

Over the past month, your fellow New York-based amateur songwriters have been crafting original songs and music videos that capture the spirit of Coney Island (many of which feature some pretty nifty archival footage).  Viewers can vote for their favorite here.

So why is there a Brooklyn-centric festival so far across the pond, you may ask? In it’s second year, BROOKLYN, SWEDEN is a music, food and arts festival in Stockholm, a collaboration between Brooklyn Brewery and Sweden’s premier rock club group, Debaser.

This year’s fest, happening Aug 22nd – 25th, will include Brooklyn acts like El-P, Lydia Lunch, DJ Jonathan Toubin and Designer Drugs as well as large scale projection art from NBNY (responsible for that awesomely creepy eyeball projection at the Greenpoint waterfront in 2011).  The fest will also feature food from Brooklyn Brewery House Chef, Andrew Gerson, beats and bites from FOTP’s BBQ Blowout, comedy from Found Footage Fest and photography from Slideluck.

The contestant with the most votes by 11:59pm EST Thursday, August 8th will receive airfare, hotel and passes to the fest.  Additionally, they’ll perform their song live at the BROOKLYN, SWEDEN Send-Off show at the Rock Shop on August 17th with special guests from the festival lineup that, we’re told, are too top-secret to reveal just yet.

Check out last year’s winning ode to our beloved G Train by Teen Commandments, featuring the all-too-appropriate lyric, Will it ever come?

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What to do with $1 Million? Participatory Budgeting Voting Begins Tonight (4/1 thru 4/7)

You have the next seven days to vote on how $1 million dollars should be invested in neighborhoods that include Greenpoint & Williamsburg. Projects include technology upgrades at PS31, restoration and beautification of the playground at PS34, a new dog run in East River State Park, district wide tree plantings and installation of tree guards for new trees on Kent and Nassau Ave.

You can choose up to 5 projects to vote on. This is a great chance to have a say in where public funding goes in our communities!

Monday, April 1
* Northside, The People’s Firehouse, 113 Berry St. at N 8th: 6-8pm

Tuesday, April 2
* Northside, The People’s Firehouse, 113 Berry St. at N 8th: 6-8pm

Wednesday, April 3
* Greenpoint, PS 34, 131 Norman Ave: 7:45-9:30am
* Northside, The People’s Firehouse, 113 Berry St. at N 8th: 6-8pm

Thursday, April 4
* Northside, The People’s Firehouse, 113 Berry St. at N 8th: 6-8pm

Friday, April 5
* Greenpoint, PS 31, 75 Meserole Avenue: 7:30-9:30am
* Williamsburg, Independence Towers Senior Center, 114 Taylor St: 10am-4:30pm

Saturday, April 6
* Greenpoint Public Library, 107 Norman Ave: 10am – 5pm
* Northside, The People’s Firehouse, 113 Berry St. at N 8th: 6-8pm
* Williamsburg, El Puente Community Center, 80 Clymer St: 10am-5pm

Sunday, April 7
* Williamsburg, Independence Towers Senior Center, 114 Taylor St: 10am-4:30pm
* Northside, The People’s Firehouse, 113 Berry St. at N 8th: 6-8pm



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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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Vote For Greenpoint’s GMDC Building: $3 million on the line


Greenpoint’s own GMDC building, home to many artists, manufacturing and design studios and the future home of the North Brooklyn Boat Club has been nominated by Partners in Preservation to receive $3 million dollars, which will be used to rebuild the bulk head.

The GMDC building was a rope mill at the turn of the 20th century. It is important that we preserve this part of our neighborhood’s history.

To vote, login. You can vote everyday until May 21st.

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