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So how closely allied are Councilman Steve Levin and his mentor Vito Lopez? Here’s our handy guide:

• Lopez engineered the strategy behind Levin’s dramatic Council win last year, Levin has said.

• A month before being sworn in, Levin strongly lobbied councilmembers to back the Lopez-endorsed Broadway Triangle rezoning, which would benefit the nonprofit that Lopez founded.

•Levin volunteered for Maritza Davila’s ill-fated Council campaign against Lopez foe Diana Reyna (D–Bushwick), breaking a Council taboo of campaigning against incumbent colleagues.

• Levin appointed Lopez’s chief of staff to the board of the Brooklyn Bridge Park, even though she does not live in Brooklyn.

• Levin followed Lopez in opposing the Domino redevelopment and the Rose Plaza project, two significant rezonings in Williamsburg.

• Levin attends monthly meetings convened by Lopez and the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council at its Gates Avenue youth center to update Latino leaders about news and upcoming events.

• Levin contributed $64,000 in member items to two Ridgewood Bushwick programs, including $12,000 to transport seniors to two summer picnics co-hosted by Lopez and Ridgewood Bushwick.

• Levin set aside $800,000 of his capital allocations to help Ridgewood Bushwick buy a former nursing home outside his district.

Updated 5:22 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

wow from brooklyn says:
wow. and i'll throw in a 'damn' for good measure
Dec. 8, 2010, 10:17 am
Impeach Levin says:
Steve Levin is a Vito Lopez puppet. He needs to be kicked out of office.
Dec. 8, 2010, 2:23 pm
Wbrger says:
This is just unacceptable. How is it that the good, thinking people of Williamsburg and Greenpoint have elected this guy who apparently is proud of his relationship with an absolute criminal! Never again!
Dec. 9, 2010, 12:06 am

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