Williamsburg native beats former Brooklyn Dem head
by Andrew Shilling
Sep 18, 2013 | 909 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
While paper ballots are still being counted in the 2013 primary elections, it seems fairly apparent that South Williamsburg native Antonio Reynoso has beat the odds and overtook former Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez for a seat in the City Council’s 34th District.

Formerly chief-of-staff to the current council member, Diana Reyna, Reynoso will succeed her as the new voice of the people in the largely Hispanic district.

Reynoso, 30, is a product of the community. He is the middle of three children in a Dominican family and a graduate of P.S. 19 and Roberto Clemente, now M.S. 50.

“I walk around and shake the hands of those who I saw growing up with me,” he said. “I consider myself a son of the Southside, and to see all of my people out there, it just means more.”

On election night, Reynoso had a 49.3 percent to 37.1 percent lead over Lopez with nearly 1,500 more votes, overcoming the former Assemblyman’s 28-year advantage holding political office in the district.

“We had an amazing operation,” Reynoso said, reveling over his campaign. “We had over 500 volunteers, and it was truly remarkable to see what the community can do.”

In a community where affordable housing is always a top issue, Reynoso said he will also focus his attention on improving schools by meeting with principals to find out just what needs to be done to bring the community up to par.

“I want to focus on education first, and the housing will always be a priority,” he said. “I want to meet with every single principal.”

Aside from schools and housing, he noted the importance of focusing on providing transportation alternatives to the district, as well as additional pedestrian plazas.

“I definitely think people are going to be exposed to a brand of politics that moves away from self-interests and looks at the society’s needs,” he said, critical of his opponent's time in the Assembly. “This is not about a picnic, but it’s about making sure they can go home to a safe community.”

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