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September 16, 2009: Vol. 1, No. 8
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In the 33rd District: Levin, party boss’s pick, wins handily over six rivals

The Brooklyn Paper

Steve Levin 5,199 (33.7 percent)
Jo Anne Simon 3,109 (20.2 percent)

Isaac Abraham 1,937 (12.56 percent)

Evan Thies 1,915 (12.4 percent)

Ken Diamondstone 1,324 (8.6 percent)

Doug Biviano 1,127 (7.3 percent)

Ken Baer 811 (5.3 percent)

33rd Council District covering Greenpoint, Williamsburg, DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown and parts of Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill and Park Slope

Levin, the hand-picked candidate of the county Democratic Party leader Vito Lopez, spoke to our reporter Ben Muessig outside Lopez’s clubhouse, the Bushwick Council of the Knights of Columbus at Wyckoff Avenue and Grove Street — a location that is not even in the 33rd District that Levin hopes to represent.

The clubhouse is actually in the 34th District, which Lopez-backed candidate Maritza Davila appears to have narrowly lost to former Lopez-staffer Diana Reyna (D-Williamsburg).

That added a slight tinge of disappointment to the air, especially among staffers sporting Davila T-shirts — though Levin supporters were in great spirits, celebrating in the crowded clubhouse and in the street, though Levin looked weary.

Levin’s rivals slammed him repeatedly as “the machine candidate,” but on Tuesday night, that machine was humming.

What was the key to victory?

“I had a great team. We worked really hard. And honestly, Vito Lopez’s mentorship and his advice and guidance was remarkably helpful.”

How do you feel?

“Elated. But also hopeful and a deep feeling of responsibility to live up to the trust that people have put in me.”


“I’m at an 8 out 10 on a scale of exhaustion.”

Lopez declined to talk to our reporter, asking why he was not at a party being thrown by Thies, who was endorsed by The Brooklyn Paper earlier this month. Levin ushered Muessig outside and spoke to him there.

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