Brooklyn Dem Party boss congratulates apparent winners in Primary Elections

Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte in her office in Flatbush.
Photo by Caroline Ourso

Brooklyn Democratic Party chair Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte on Wednesday congratulated the apparent winners in Tuesday’s New York Primary Elections.

“As we wait for the unprecedented number of absentee ballots to be counted, I want to congratulate the apparent winners across Brooklyn, and express my respect for those who may have fallen short but took part in the electoral process that underpins our democracy,” said Bichotte, the daughter of Haitian Americans, who represents the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn, in a statement.

“We’re all Democrats, and I look forward to working with our new and returning incumbents in the federal, state and city Legislatures and the State Committee members/district leaders on the Brooklyn Democratic Party executive committee,” she added. “We are all Democrats, and we are all committed to creating a more progressive and equitable future for all Brooklynites.

“Now that the voters have spoken, their choices will be clear once the absentee ballots are counted,” Bichotte continued. “It is time to turn our attention to the general elections, where we must all work together to ensure a greater Democratic majority in Albany, the United State Senate returns to Democratic hands, and we send Joe Biden to the White House.”

Last week, Bichotte released a list of endorsed candidates in federal, state and city elections, urging all Democrats to vote absentee early or at their polling place on Primary Day, Jun. 23.

Bichotte said she wanted Democrats to have “progressive control of legislative bodies in the Democratic State Committee, as well as on the judicial bench, and to make sure those who serve in City Hall, Albany and Washington will deliver social justice.

“At a time when we face the triple threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, the urgent need to reform and reinvent police practices that have afflicted minority communities and an economic recession, it is essential we elect progressive Democrats to enhance social justice,” said Bichotte, whose district includes Flatbush and Midwood.

In addition to incumbents, Bichotte endorsed three women running for open seats: Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright to move up to the state Senate, Stefani Zinerman for Wright’s Assembly seat and Darma Diaz for the City Council’s 37th District.

Newcomers Bichotte supported include Jesse Pierce for District Leader in the 52nd District, and Arleny Alvarado-McCalla for District Leader in the 54th District.

The women, who are from the LGBT and Latina communities, respectively, are part of a diverse slate of candidates endorsed by the Kings County Chair.

Another newcomer Bichotte endorsed was Robert Berrios for District Leader in the 51st District.

Bichotte had joined Queens Democratic County Leader, Congressman Gregory Meeks, to support City Councilman Donovan Richards’ bid to become the next Queens Borough President.

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