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May 27, 2009 / Brooklyn news / Politics / Election Coverage

In the 33rd district, seven candidates speak

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“Is it going to stop in Downtown Brooklyn, or is it going to go on to the entire borough? And the city? This has to go first to the merchants to figure out if it they have customers who come from outside of the neighborhood. Is it going to affect their business? It’s a good idea, but it hasn’t been studied closely enough.”
Isaac Abraham

“I’m in favor of residential parking permits. I think they should be established in each of the 59 community boards, but the boards that do not want to participate should have the right to opt out.”
Ken Baer

“I support it if the community feels they want it. It can create revenue that can be used to offset the deficit in the MTA and help commuters in the outer boroughs. I support anything that goes towards building out alternatives.”
Doug Biviano

“I support it. We have too many people — including public servants — who are taking up our spaces. We need to limit their parking permits, and we have to find a way to make it very difficult for people coming in from the suburbs to take our parking spaces.”
Ken Diamondstone

“I’m in favor of it for Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill. You have the whole civic area and all of the courts, so there is a lot of traffic already. And then, because of its proximity to Manhattan, there is a park-and-ride situation going on. I think a residential parking permit program would be appropriate for that area.”
Steve Levin

“I’m in favor of them and I’ve been one of the people leading the charge on residential parking permits for quite some time — years, actually. They’re not right for every neighborhood. … There have been concerns over how it would work, but often, the ones who weren’t supporting it misunderstood something about it.”
Jo Anne Simon

“I’m absolutely for it, but it should be put to the community boards. There are some areas where it doesn’t make sense, but in many places it does — like areas near subway stations. It doesn’t necessarily make sense further out in the borough.”
Evan Thies

One of the biggest issues in Brownstone Brooklyn concerns a proposal to allow the city to charge for street parking in residential areas — and limit sales of the so-called “residential parking permits” to neighborhood residents. Supporters say that such a plan would create more parking for residents by limiting outsiders from parking in their neighborhoods. Opponents say that a parking is not a birthright, and all car owners must compete for them, like any finite resource. Here’s what candidates to replace Councilman David Yassky in the district covering Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and a small part of Park Slope:

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Reasonable discourse

Bob from Greenpoint says:
It’s a fact! Mr. Isaac Abraham is as of today the front and top runner… we all say GO ISAAC GO!!! keep it up your fine job......
May 27, 2009, 1:56 pm
Steav from Borim Hill says:
WOW... This Isaac Abraham sounds to be a strong and powerful candidate I like his ideas, since he is an activist for many years, he is still involved with everything like environmental, transportation, housing, health care, cleaning land fields, crime, Etc. he knows in and out how to salve problems, , I think he his the right person for the job,
May 27, 2009, 2:02 pm
Matt from Brooklyn says:
I will vote for anyone except for Yassky.

Down with Yassky
May 27, 2009, 2:04 pm
Jay from Greenpoint says:
Who said that Mr. Diamondstone Isn’t Gay?
May 27, 2009, 2:19 pm
Karen from Park Slope says:
I think 'ken Baer' was pretty good, he just needs do order some Hearing aids to listen,
May 27, 2009, 2:35 pm
Entony from Williamsburg says:
WOW... This Isaac Abraham sounds to be a strong and powerful candidate I like his ideas, since he is an activist for many years, he is still involved with everything like environmental, transportation, housing, health care, cleaning land fields, crime, Etc. he knows in and out how to salve problems, , I think he his the right person for the job,
May 27, 2009, 2:38 pm
Mike from Ft Greene says:
Why is someone copying-and-pasting support for Isaac Abraham under fake names? Dirty tactic.
May 27, 2009, 2:41 pm
Jhon from Brooklyn says:
The best and funniest and the most powerful at the debate was Mr. Isaac Abraham. He is for the people a win win situation…
May 27, 2009, 2:54 pm
Dav from Brooklyn Hights says:
All candidates are just losers big time…you guys should get a life and stay away from politics!! Stop spending money, remember as long mayor Bloomberg is in office it will never be change…
May 27, 2009, 3:19 pm
Anne from Greenpoint says:
I hope "Mr. Isaac Abraham" is strong on education. His supporters could surely use some spelling and grammar lessons!
May 27, 2009, 3:30 pm
Linda from Cobble Hill says:
The candidate to beat here is Jo Anne Simon. The only woman running, she has long and deep roots throughout the entire District, as well as a respected track record as a reformer. The other candidates do not impress.
May 27, 2009, 3:34 pm
Doug from Brooklyn Hights says:
Ken bear is loaded with ‘Baer’ i would not vote for him at all!! Remember its not alcohol .....
May 27, 2009, 3:38 pm
Josh from Greenpoint says:
I am not against women, just advice this job is not for women at all… we need somebody with a strung and a big noise maker!!! she is a very soft person, doing business with the city "Jo Anne Simon" is not the right candidate!!!
May 27, 2009, 4:11 pm
Nick from Cobble Hill says:
Linda from Cobble Hill..I agree with you. Jo Anne Simon is a pretty good candidate I know her for a long time, she needs to do a lots of home-work maybe four years from now she will do a very good job… for now it’s not for her this job yet…..
May 27, 2009, 4:35 pm
Steve from williamsburg says:
I thing it was a pretty good debate not bad at the other hand a lot of the candidates didn’t know what’s flying
Simply didn’t do there home-work. One of the candidates was Isaac Abraham he sounds to be a “sharp shooter”
Having always a quick and professional answer and comments this we all like about him, we all need him in office,
May 27, 2009, 4:41 pm
Mike from Ft Greene says:
Hey Isaac (or your supporter) --

Posting comments to yourself, using multiple names, is not a very persuasive tactic.
May 27, 2009, 4:43 pm
Mike from Greenpoint says:
I think David yaskey is still the best candidate….he will lose the seat for city controller election anyway…….
May 27, 2009, 5:05 pm
Do Not elect Isaac! from BKLYN says:
Again with the Hasidic gangsters! Get spell check at least! Every time BP mentions Isaac is this what we should except.
For crying out loud the guy only said they need to investigate it more he added nothing to the debate... much like what he'll add when he gets elected ... nothing

On top of it he was asking questions like an uninformed bum. Don't you know what you are fighting for or do you just want the check and perks for you and your Hasidic friends?
May 27, 2009, 5:06 pm
Anti-Isaac from Brooklyn says:
go back to your mother land... O wait you dont have one you had to kill and murder people for one... bums...
May 27, 2009, 5:07 pm
Eric McClure from Park Slope says:
Hey Brooklyn Paper, PLEASE start moderating the comments.
May 27, 2009, 9:03 pm
Ben from Brooklyn says:
Guys.. You don’t have to bash candidate Isaac. I really feel your pain… In the latest pools at the NY POST is MR. Isaac Abraham top runner!! He is still involved with elected officials every day
For over thirty five years knowing all issues, and the same time salving them, so just go with the winners!!!!
May 28, 2009, 12:01 am
Ken from Greenpoint says:
Let me tell you something there is pointless of saying Hasidic gangsters. First of all I never see on the street Hasidic gangster, must of them are business owners like real estate, insurance appraisals,
Accountant, Etc. you never cross the street if you see Hasidic person, I live in Hasidic Neighborhood and my kids are playing in a very safe environment, the other hand we need somebody like Isaac
He knows the ins and out how to deal with the city agencies, we need to fight watts right for us the people, 2/ he has his own mind not being like a young puppet from his buss V. Lopez , or the other people some are gay! Some are less being, or like the person who drinks a lot of beer. And need special Hearing aids to listen, or somebody he own buss didn’t even backing him, the list can go on and on and on
We need somebody with a lot of knowledge to run for office, did you know that the white house in DC. Is running by Jewish people, running the city of NY, movie production in Hollywood, banks, Etc.
So just go for Isaac Abraham he is the perfect candidate for city council 33rd district,
May 28, 2009, 12:52 am
Matt from Williamsburg says:
Ken I agree with you 100%,I thing we have a big chance so lets support him. Don’t let it go away
May 28, 2009, 2:05 am
Dave from Park Slope says:
Isaac Abraham is best for man candidate! Yes, we vote him. He win all the endorsements from CBID, IND, the state senators and US representative… oh wait, sorry, he lose all of them. He's number 1!
May 28, 2009, 1:06 pm
Linda from Greenpoint says:
Dave I feel your pain …just last week Isaac Abraham got an endorsement one of the larges union members in the Brooklyn area…so just go and read the papers you are for surprises......
June 1, 2009, 12:04 am

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