City Council District 35 Forum In Brooklyn

July 30, 2013

On July 18, 2013, over 120 people filled the Irondale Theater in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, for a City Council candidate forum on sustainability issues.

The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and Transportation Alternatives sponsored the lively debate. Additional support was provided by a host of local civic groups.

Many candidates from the crowded race for the Democratic nomination in District 35 were in attendance, including Olanike Alabi, Laurie Cumbo, Ede Fox, Richard Hurley and Jelani Mashariki. NYLCVEF President Marcia Brystryn was the evening’s emcee and moderated the event alongside Noah Budnick of Transportation Alternatives, Deborah Howard of the Pratt Area Community Council and James Subudhi of the Brooklyn Movement Center.

District 35 provides a compelling example of the kinds of sustainability challenges that face New Yorkers throughout the five boroughs. Development issues are of particular importance, as residents have recently grappled with the benefits and drawbacks of major development projects like the Barclays Center and the attendant commercial development along Atlantic Avenue.

The candidates debated a range of related issues, including the expansion of local bus routes, the viability of additional pedestrian plazas and bike share locations, and the rezoning of previously industrial areas for new economic purposes. The conversation provided attendees with a robust perspective on the candidates’ sustainability positions ahead of the September primary.

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