FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 7, 2016
Contact: Rebeca Checo, Communications & PR Assistant
Fifth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award Honors NYC Council Member for the Community
Brooklyn, New York–September 7, 2016– Council Member Stephen T. Levin will be honored with the Fifth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award. The award is presented annually by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) and this year’s ceremony will take place at the Atlantic Antic™ Festival, September 25, 2016 at 3 p.m. on the Main Stage.
A New Jersey native, Council Member Stephen T. Levin moved to Brooklyn to work as a community organizer after he graduated from Brown University. He has organized numerous programs such as the Lead Safe House Program, which helped to relocate families of lead-poisoned children out of hazardous apartments, and an anti-predatory lending program, both programs based in Bushwick. Working with New York City elected officials and local advocacy groups, Council Member Levin successfully impelled the community to fight against the lending practices within the neighborhoods of Brooklyn.
Council Member Levin was elected in 2009 to represent the 33rd District of the New York City Council, which includes the diverse neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Boerum Hill, Vinegar Hill, Downtown Brooklyn and Bedford-Stuyvesant. Within his first term as a Council Member, he proved to be a leader on education and early childhood issues. He advocated for kindergarten to be mandatory for children as well as breakfast to be allowed within classrooms.
AALDC Vice President and the Fourth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador recipient, Sue Wolfe, praises Council Member Levin for his diligent work within Brooklyn. “Council Member Levin works hard for the people of our district and for greater New York City and we feel he is very deserving of the Fifth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award.” Council Member Levin is one of thirty-one NYC council members who have chosen to allocate part of capital funding towards Participatory Budgeting NYC (PBNYC). This year, he will be allocating $1.5 million in capital funds towards projects identified and developed by the public within District 33. Between the years of 2015 and 2016, five projects won funding in district 33: STEM Labs at IS 318 and PS 34, upgrades to PS 261 computer carts, air conditioning upgrades at MS 126, a community sound studio at Taylor Wythe and safety improvements onto McGolrick Park sidewalks.
Council Member Levin continues to fight for the neighborhoods within Brooklyn on lead and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) within homes and schools and intends to increase the safety of children. Serving as the Chair of the General Welfare Committee, Council Member Levin currently serves on the Cultural Affairs, Education, Environmental Protection, Land Use, and Transportation Committees, as well as the Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses
The Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award, presented annually by the AALDC, is presented to a community leader or businessperson who has contributed outstandingly in enhancing the cultural and economic development of Atlantic Avenue and its surrounding areas. The First Annual Ambassador Award honored Atlantic Avenue business owner Charlie Sahadi in 2011, followed by District Attorney Charles Hynes in 2013, Assembly member Joan L. Millman in 2014 and AALDC Vice President and Community Leader Sue Wolfe in 2015.
The AALDC is a nonprofit organization committed to the economic development, cultural enrichment and historic preservation of the Atlantic Avenue area and surrounding community. AALDC was established in 1986, for its annual Atlantic Antic™Festival. For more information on the AALDC, please visit http://www.atlanticave.org or call 718-875-8993.
*PBNYC projects can be submitted by anyone living in New York City, regardless of whether you live in the district or not. Idea submissions are due no later than September 30, 2016. You can submit your idea by visiting www.ideas.pbnyc.org, emailing Council Member Levin’s Participatory Budgeting Coordinator Benjamin Solotaire at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling Council Member Levin’s district office at (718) 875-5200.