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Haitian-American legislator applauds winners in general elections in New York

Published:Friday | November 10, 2023 | 12:07 AM


Haitian-American chair of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, New York State Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, has congratulated the projected election winners across Brooklyn and New York City in Tuesday’s general elections.

“The Brooklyn Democratic Party looks forward to working with our victorious newly elected and re-elected Democratic officials in the New York City Council, Kings County Civil Court, Supreme Court and Surrogate Court,” Bichotte Hermelyn, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, who represents the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) on Wednesday.

“The party is elated by significant Democratic victories in tightly contested elections for City Council seats representing Brooklyn,” she added. “I congratulate Susan Zhuang, who made history by being elected as the first Asian-American Democratic City Council Member from Brooklyn.

She said that Chris Banks, the son of a Trinidadian immigrant, is “an ardent advocate who will usher in a great new era of uplifting leadership for the 42nd Council District”, after defeating longtime Council Member Charles Barron in the Primary Election in July.

She also applauded the victory of six Supreme Court justices (Kings County): Justice Heela Capell, Justice Sharon A.B. Clarke, Justice Rachel Freier, Justice Caroline P. Cohen, Justice Saul Stein and Justice Joanne D. Quiñones.

“We are proud to see the party’s endorsed slate of diverse, highly experienced, and capable Supreme Court justices win the election – all of whom will administer equitable justice for all Brooklynites,” Bichotte Hermelyn said. “As a party, we are proud to have Brooklynites bringing reform and change to the bench.”