George Havranek, early leader of Bruckner opposition, to run for Velázquez’s seat

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George Havranek, an early champion of the Bruckner Boulevard rezoning opposition, is vying to oust Councilmember Marjorie Velázquez and swing her district red in his quest for the Republican nomination for the 13th City Council District.

Havranek, 66, has lived in the Spencer Estates neighborhood since he was 6 years old.

The Bronxite, who has a wife and three grown children, described his neighborhood as a former swampland that was littered with vacant, unkept lots when he moved in that has since blossomed into a populated, low-density community. Active through the Spencer Estates Civic Association, Havranek calls his community a “SLICE” of suburbia (Suburban Life Inside City Environment).

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