Steve Levin honored by Peta

Yes man! Hero councilman gets honored, engaged

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He keeps popping questions, and she keeps saying “Yes!”

Councilman Steve Levin, who last week famously listened to his girlfriend and saved a dying cat from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, got a much bigger “affirmative” from his bride-to-be this week — when he asked for her hand in marriage.

Levin told The Brooklyn Courier that while vacationing in Italy this weekend, he asked his long-time girlfriend Ann Carroll to marry him and — just like she did when he asked her if he should help the cat, she said “Yes.”

“I am very excited to be engaged and my fiance and I are very happy,” said Levin, who added that the two have not yet set a date for a wedding.

The news of the engagement comes on the heels of Levin being honored by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for his hero’s work spotting a badly abused cat on the side of the highway, turning around, picking it up, and bringing it for treatment.

Of course, he didn’t do the job before checking with his better half — he credited Carroll with encouraging him to do it by telling him it would weigh on his conscience if he did not.

The group sent Levin (D–Williamsbu­rg) a framed certificate and a box of vegan chocolates, saying that his actions showed great bravery.

“Councilmem­ber Levin went to extraordinary efforts to make sure that this cat escaped a life-threatening predicament and made it to a safe haven,” said Colleen O’Brien. “Peta hopes his kindness and tenacity will inspire others to stop and help animals in need.”

Levin was thankful for the accolades, but said what he did was no big deal.

“I think anybody in my situation would have done the same thing,” Levin said.

The cat, who the Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition named Loretta (which they claim means “Little Survivor”), still has not given birth, but she is now eating on her own, is showing other signs of improvement, and is becoming more comfortable around people, said the coalition’s Vinny Spinola.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Mike from Williamsburg says:
Can a beau be female? A fiance can't.
April 8, 2015, 9:26 am
Vince DiMiceli (Brooklyn Paper) says:
That's why I love this job. Learn something every day.

Thanks, Mike. That error has been fixed.
April 8, 2015, 10:07 am

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