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My recommendations this Election Day

Tomorrow is a primary Election Day. Polls are open from 6 am-9 pm. You can check your poll site or registration status at For any questions, call 1-866-VOTE-NYC or send an email to

While the ballot may be slim, the positions we are voting for play an important role in deciding what justice looks like in New York. Here’s who I’ll be voting for in the Democratic primary tomorrow.

Judicial Elections in Brooklyn

In Brooklyn, we are electing judges for Brooklyn Surrogate Court and New York City Civil Court. For Civil Court, there is both a Brooklyn-wide opening, and one in the 6th Municipal District Civil Court (which includes Park Slope, Midwood, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Flatbush, East Flatbush, Prospect Park South, Kensington and Ditmas Park).

Brooklyn Surrogate Court: Judge Margarita Lopez-Torres

Margarita is one of New York City’s most respected judges, with a long track record of both independence and integrity. As an attorney, Margarita represented clients in housing, immigration and family matters, fighting to keep families together. Throughout her term as surrogate judge, she has brought that same compassion and sense of justice to a position that adjudicates wills, estates, guardianships, and adoptions in the diverse borough of Brooklyn. She has an incredibly wide range of endorsements, including the Working Families Party, the Daily News, Congressmembers Nadler, Jeffries, and Velazquez, and many more.

New York Civil Court, Brooklyn-wide: D. Bernadette Neckles

Bernadette has deep experience in the civil court, as a court attorney referee in Kings County Supreme Court, and as an arbitrator in exactly the kinds of cases she would see in Civil Court. She also has a great set of endorsements, including CBID, IND, and Lambda Independent Democrats.

New York Civil Court, 6th Municipal District: Caroline Cohen.

A civil rights lawyer who represents women who have been sexually harassed or face gender-based discrimination, Caroline will bring her compassion and dedication to the role of adjudicating civil claims. I’ve been really impressed by her energy, and her passion for fairness, and her desire to really listen to people’s stories. She’s been endorsed by Jumaane Williams, Doug Schneider, Brooklyn Young Democrats, and more, and has been found qualified by all four judicial screening committees.

Queens District Attorney: Tiffany Caban

If you live in Queens, or have friends who do, progressive public defender Tiffany Caban is running a critically important race for Queens District Attorney. Tiffany has a real opportunity to transform the way prosecutors approach the criminal justice system, working to make communities safer in ways that don’t exacerbate cycles of poverty and injustice.

Her campaign got a big boost this week with endorsements from The New York Times, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders. I felt the energy when I was knocking doors this weekend in College Point (and at the GOTV rally on Sunday in Jackson Heights with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes, Comptroller Scott Stringer, State Senators Jessica Ramos and Mike Gianaris, and many more).

City Council, 45th District: Monique Chandler-Waterman

Voters in the 45th Council District (East Flatbush, Flatbush, Flatlands, Marine Park, and Midwood) also have a Democratic Primary Election tomorrow, to fill the seat vacated by my friend Jumaane Williams when he was elected NYC Public Advocate. The seat was temporarily filled by a Special Election in February, but now we have a full primary and general election to fill the seat for the remainder of the term. Monique Chandler-Waterman has a 20-year history as a community organizer, public school teacher, and civil rights advocate. Her work building the not-for-profit service organization East Flatbush Village exemplifies the motto that “It Takes a Village.” And she has the strong endorsement of Jumaane Williams, which means a lot to me.

Why are we voting in June?

This is our first June primary election for local positions. As part of a series of reforms to break down barriers to voting and boost participation, state lawmakers voted earlier this spring to consolidate the all primary elections, moving up the date of the state and local primary elections from September to June to align with the federal primary dates. This June, there is no state-wide or federal primary and turn out will be low, so it is especially important to get out there and make your voice heard.

Thank you for doing your part,


Annie Levers