Lincoln Restler- A Profile

About Lincoln

Lincoln Restler was born and raised in Brooklyn, and is a proud product of the borough's schools & community institutions.  Growing up in Brooklyn gave Lincoln a firsthand understanding of the importance of community empowerment, which has driven him to become a tireless advocate for his neighbors on issues of social justice, affordable housing and good government.

Formerly the Chair of the Economic Development Committee, Lincoln served as the Secretary of Community Board 2 where he has fought to preserve & strengthen neighborhood affordability and quality of life.  He has also worked to promote community-based, sustainable development as a board member of Pratt Area Community Council, one of Brooklyn’s premier affordable housing developers.  

Lincoln served on the boards of the Fort Greene Association, a neighborhood civic association, and Brooklyn for Peace, a grassroots organization devoted to peace and justice in our neighborhoods and beyond.  He is a founding member of the Brooklyn Vanguard, a group committed to involving young Brooklynites in the Brooklyn Public Library system, and is an active supporter of many local nonprofit organizations, such as Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE), Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG), and Fort Greene Peace.

Lincoln is also served as the Vice President of New Kings Democrats, a progressive organization committed to involving more Brooklynites in local politics and striving to reform the local political establishment.

Professionally, Lincoln is a Program Officer for Asset-Building and Financial Services at the NYC Office of Financial Empowerment, where he works to develop safe and affordable banking opportunities for New Yorkers with low-incomes.  Previously, Lincoln worked at the NYC Comprehensive Neighborhood Economic Development initiative, a community and economic development program focused on generating economic opportunity in Bedford-Stuyvesant.  Lincoln has also worked as the Research Coordinator at the City University of New York Dominican Studies Institute.

Lincoln holds a bachelors degree in Africana Studies and Latin American Studies from Brown University, and resides in Fort Greene.

  1. About State Committee

    What is a Democratic State Committeeperson?

    This position also often goes by the title of District Leader.  A State Committeeperson is an unpaid, volunteer, elected official who serves on the Executive Committee of a County political Party for a two-year term.  

    In Kings County (Brooklyn), registered Democrats are responsible for electing two Democratic State Committee persons, one male and one female, in each New York State Assembly District.  There are 21 New York State Assembly Districts in Brooklyn and thus there are 42 Democratic State Committeepersons.

    Key Responsibilities of a State Committeeman  

    Galvanize Residents to Become More Involved in Community Affairs:The State Committee person is a local liaison between the community and elected officials.  A strong State Committee person should be an effective advocate and activist for the leading issues impacting the neighborhood.

    Select the Brooklyn Democratic Party Leader: The 42 State Committeepersons vote to elect the leader of the Brooklyn Democratic Party.  Considering three of the past four party leaders have been indicted on charges of corruption – this is a critically important function.  

    Determine Slate of Democratic Judicial Candidates:  The 42 State Committeepersons are charged with reviewing and endorsing Democratic judicial candidates.  State Committeepersons can reform the notorious Brooklyn Democratic judicial selection. 

    Endorse Candidates for Local Office:  As members of the Executive Committee of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, the 42 State Committeepersons vote to endorse candidates for elective office within in Brooklyn, as well as for citywide, statewide, and national offices.

    Represent Brooklyn at New York State Democratic Convention: The State Committeepersons are the Brooklyn Democratic Party’s delegates to the State Convention.  At this convention, the State Committeepersons vote to endorse candidates for Statewide office.

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