Guide: City Council District 33, Brooklyn

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The 33rd District covers Greenpoint, parts of Williamsburg, Vinegar Hill, Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights, part of downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill, Gowanus and northern Park Slope.

Map of District 33

The Candidates:

NAME: Isaac Abraham
BIO: A hardware store owner, Abraham is a Hasidic activist who lives in Williamsburg. He counts Mitchell-Lama housing, Woodhull Hospital and Hatzolah, a volunteer ambulance corps, among his many causes.

NAME: Kenneth Baer
BIO: Baer, an accountant, was chair of the New York State Sierra Club from 2003 until last year, during which time the group joined lawsuits against Atlantic Yards and the Brooklyn Bridge Park.

NAME: Douglas J Biviano
BIO: Biviano was trained as a civil engineer but now works as a building superintendent in Brooklyn Heights. He worked on Dennis Kucinich’s 2008 presidential campaign.

NAME: Kenneth A Diamondstone
BIO: An openly gay candidate, Diamondstone ran unsuccessfully for the state Senate three years ago. He has served on Community Board 2, the board of the Independent Neighborhood Democrats and the executive board of the Lambda Independent Democrats. He is an affordable housing developer by profession.
MAJOR ENDORESEMENTS: Pride Democrats, Stonewall Democrats, NYC Americans for Democratic Action, former Congressman Major Owens.

NAME: Stephen T Levin
BIO: After graduating from Brown University, Levin came to New York City and started working for the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council as a community organizer. In 2006 he became chief of staff to state Assemblyman Vito Lopez, a position he recently left to run for office.
MAJOR ENDORSEMENTS: United Federation of Teachers; District Council 37; 32BJ-SEIU; Senator Chuck Schumer; Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney; New York League of Conservation Voters.

NAME: Jo Anne Simon
BIO: Simon moved to Brooklyn in 1981 and became active in neighborhood organizations shortly afterwards, including as president of the Boerum Hill Association. The female Democratic district leader for the 52nd State Assembly District, she works as an attorney specializing in the rights of the disabled.
MONEY RAISED: $108,033
MAJOR ENDORSEMENTS: Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez; Congressman Ed Towns; state Assembly Members Joan Millman and James Brennan; Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats; Independent Neighborhood Democrats; Lambda Independent Democrats.

NAME: Evan R Thies
BIO: Thiess used to work as communications director and chief of staff for City Council Member David Yassky, who currently represents the 33rd district but is leaving to run for city comptroller. Thies is a former member of Community Board and is on the board of several Brooklyn organizations, including Neighbors Allied for Good Growth.
MAJOR ENDORSEMENTS: Citizens Union, Freelancers Union, Teamsters Local 805.