Councilman Reynoso faces primary challenge in 34th District

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The race for a seat representing City Council's 34th District could shape the futures for the rapidly changing Williamsburg and Bushwick neighborhoods.

Incumbent Councilman Antonio Reynoso faces a Democratic primary challenge from Tommy Torres, an assistant principal whose career has been in education.

Reynoso says his campaign has three pillars: housing, education and environmental justice. He says he's fighting back against forced displacement by organizing rallies for vulnerable tenants. He also wants to secure funding for school technology and air conditioners in classrooms. And he is a proponent of the BQ Green Project -- a plan to build a huge park over the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

Torres also has made education a cornerstone of his campaign. He wants smaller class sizes and for schools to de-emphasize standardized testing while increasing funding for extracurricular activities. He supports developing unused land for affordable housing and housing for seniors.

In addition to Williamsburg and Bushwick, the district covers Ridgewood in Queens.

Primary day is Sept. 12.

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