Southern Brooklyn council candidates talk infrastructure, healthcare, and housing at political forum

Conversations regarding public safety, climate change and affordable housing got heated at the PoliticsNY Brooklyn City Council Candidate Forum on Wednesday.

Each candidate — Republican Council Member Ari Kagan and Democratic Council Member Justin Brannan who are both running for a rezoned District 47 seat; Amber Adler, Democratic candidate for District 48; and Ying Tan, the Republican candidate for District 43 — had 90 seconds to respond to a set list of questions regarding the current state of city infrastructure, illegal e-bikes, access to healthcare and more.

Brannan, who currently represents District 43, and Kagan, who represents District 47, are opponents in one of the most hotly-contested seats this year. After districts were redrawn last year, dramatically changing the boundaries of his current district, Brannan decided to run against Kagan for District 47 seat which includes Coney Island, Bath Beach and parts of Bay Ridge.