St. Vincent Opposition Leader holds town hall meeting in Brooklyn

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace will address a town hall meeting in Brooklyn next week as Vincentians gear up for general elections, constitutionally due early next year,

According to the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Progressive Organization of New York, an affiliate of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP), the meeting takes place on Sunday, May 31, at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center, 671 Prospect Pl.

Eustace, who is also NDP president and party leader, will be joined by Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) for North Leeward Roland “Patel” Mathews, and Glenford Stewart, a former Minister of Communications and Works in a previous NDP administration.

“This is an historic trip for our leader, the Hon. Glenford Stewart and the Hon. Patel Matthews,” SPOONY President Stephen “Scombo” John, a former NDP candidate for South Windward, told Caribbean Life. “We regard this trip as the unofficial kick-off of the campaign.

“SPOONY believes this trip to be one of the most significant events for NDP this election cycle,” he added. “A huge crowd is expected.”

Last May, the group hosted a town hall meeting, featuring Eustace and Sen. St. Clair Leacock, Opposition MP for Central Kingstown, at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center.

Last year, the group also hosted Sen. Dr. Linton Lewis, MP and NDP candidate for East St. George, and Lauren Baptiste, NDP candidate for North Windward, at another town hall meeting at the same venue.

Eustace and Matthews’ visit is part of a series of activities that the group will conduct in Brooklyn this month, commencing over the Memorial Day week-end and extending to May 31.

On Friday, May 22, Eustace and Matthews will participate in a “Sip and Chat” at Café Omar in Brooklyn. The nightspot is owned and operated by Stewart’s younger brother, Dr. Kendall Stewart, a former New York City Councilman.

The opposition MPs will also attended a fund-raising BBQ on Sunday, May 24 at Standard Shippers, Inc., 3116 Clarendon Road.

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