Erik Martin Dilan

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Erik Dilan
Member of the New York City Council's 37th District
In office
January 1, 2002 – December 31, 2013
Preceded by Martin Dilan
Succeeded by Rafael Espinal
Personal details
Born (1974-05-11) May 11, 1974 (age 41)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jannitza Luna-Dilan
Residence Bushwick
Alma mater St. John’s University
Profession business consultant and manager
Religion United Methodist Church

Erik Martin Dilan represented District 37 in the New York City Council, which comprises the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bushwick, Cypress Hills, East New York, Ocean Hill, and Brownsville.

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Dilan graduated from Norman Thomas High School, Philippa Schuyler Middle School, and P.S. 151. He later graduated from St. John’s University, earning an A.S. in Business Administration.[1]

He was a member of Community School Board 32.

New York City Council[edit]


In 2001, incumbent Democrat NYC Councilman Martin Malave Dilan of the 37th Council District decided to retire in order to run for the New York Senate. His son Erik decided to run for his father's seat. He won the Democratic primary with a plurality of 33% of the vote.[2] In the general election, Dilan won the seat with 87% and defeated three third party candidates.[3] In 2003, he was challenged in the Democratic primary by just one candidate, State Senator Nellie R. Santiago, and defeated her 65%-35%.[4] He won re-election to second term with 92% of the vote.[5] In 2005, he was unopposed in the primary and won re-election to a third term with 84% of the vote.[6] In 2007, he wasn't challenged at all to win a fourth term. In 2009, won re-election to a fifth term with 87% of the vote.[7]

Committee assignments[edit]

He was chair of the Council's Housing & Buildings Committee, while also serving on the Rules, Privileges & Elections, Zoning & Franchises, and Rules committees.

2012 congressional election[edit]

After redistricting, he decided to challenge incumbent Democrat U.S. Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY). He said “We’ve had an incumbent who has been there for 20 years and she’s done little with the post. She’s going to have to justify after 20 years of nothing, why she should remain in office.”[8]


  1. ^ "New York City Council - Council Member - District: 37". 1974-05-11. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  2. ^ "NYC Council 37 - D Primary Race - Sep 25, 2001". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  3. ^ "New York City Council 37 Race - Nov 06, 2001". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  4. ^ "NYC Council 37 - D Primary Race - Sep 09, 2003". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  5. ^ "New York City Council 37 Race - Nov 04, 2003". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  6. ^ "New York City Council 37 Race - Nov 08, 2005". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  7. ^ "New York City Council 37 Race - Nov 03, 2009". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  8. ^ Short, Aaron. "Dilan to oppose Velazquez for House • The Brooklyn Paper". Retrieved 2012-08-13. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Martin Malave Dilan
New York City Council, 37th District