City Council Candidate Stephen Levin Gets the Senator’s Endorsement
Friends, family, colleagues and supporters of 33rd city council candidate Stephen Levin gathered on the steps of Brooklyn’s Borough Hall on Friday morning for an endorsement announcement from U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer.
“He is a very capable person, the kind of person we need in city government,” Schumer said, emphasizing Levin’s accomplishments as a community organizer in Bushwick, working to create and preserve affordable housing. “Put it all together and you get Steve Levin. I think he will follow in the footsteps of David Yassky.”
The Senator also praised Levin’s cousin, Senator Carl Levin of Michigan—“one of the real class-acts of the Senate”—with whom Schumer has worked for many years, saying that “if Steve can be one-tenth the public servant Carl is, he will be better than any one else running.”
In response to the endorsement, Levin said he was “deeply humbled, inspired and honored,” and went on to praise Schumer for his work shepherding Justice Sonia Sotomayor through the difficult and tiring senate confirmation hearings. Levin explained that, because of Schumer’s work getting Justice Sotomayor confirmed into the Supreme Court, “children throughout the city can look into a mirror and say, you know what, one day, I can be a justice on the Supreme Court,” he said.
Though he has been criticized for failing to attend more than half of the council candidates forums to which he has been invited, Levin has managed to acquire an impressive list of endorsements from Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, The League of Conservation Voters, the Working Families Party and the United Federation of Teachers, in addition to several trades unions including The New York State Court Officers Association, The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, The New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, and the local chapter of Service Employees International Union SEIU 32BJ. Levin was also endorsed by Assemblyman Vito Lopez, for whom he served as chief of staff for several years.