Greenpoint native jumps into City Council race
by Benjamin Fang
Sep 12, 2017 | 1398 views | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Greenpoint native Victoria Cambranes, a newcomer in politics, has decided to run for City Council.

Running under her own “Progress for All” party, she is challenging incumbent Councilman Stephen Levin to represent Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Dumbo, Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights and Boerum Hill.

A daughter of Polish and Guatemalan immigrants, Cambranes has a background in digital marketing and communications. She will face off with Levin in the November 7th General Election.

Cambranes said she’s running on a “housing and infrastructure” platform to ensure Brooklyn remains diverse, inclusive and safe for longtime and new residents.

“Gentrification has beautified and helped Brooklyn grow in many ways, but its effect and the influx of new residents have also put a strain on transportation links, traffic and cycling routes,” she said in a release. “The unfortunate side effects are the recent deaths of cyclists on our streets, the unprecedented displacement of those who have called Brooklyn home for generations, as well as the pricing out of young people seeking to find a place here.”

Cambranes said she has “witnessed firsthand the dissolution” of waterfront communities due to inadequate infrastructure, highly priced housing and “corporate interests.”

She hopes to change that trend and promote “fair and balanced” negotiations should she become the area’s next city representative.

“This is a step too far, and it will require the efforts of all our communities along District 33 to protect ourselves and our voices at the table,” Cambranes said. “After all, if we are not at the table, we most definitely will be on the menu.”
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