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Despite the treacherous weather Tuesday, many voters rushed to the polls to cast ballots for two incumbent Caribbean candidates, who secured sound victories in New York City general elections.

The rainy, cold and blustery weather did not prevent voters from overwhelmingly returning Council Members Jumaane Williams, the son of Grenadian immigrants, and Haitian-born Dr. Mathieu Eugene, to another four-year term in districts in Brooklyn that are predominantly Caribbean.

With 100 percent of the 121 precincts reporting, Williams, who represents the 45th Council District and ran on the Democratic and Working Families parties line, defeated Anthony Beckford, of the True Freedom Party, by a landslide.

Williams — who currently serves as deputy leader of the New York City Council, chair of the Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings, and co-chair of the Council’s Task Force to Combat Gun Violence — trounced Beckford in attaining 20, 347 votes, or 97 percent. Beckford only received 613 votes, or 3 percent.

Williams, who is also among eight candidates vying to become speaker of New York City Council in the Special Elections in January, had won the Democratic Primary in a landslide in September with 100 percent of the 121 precincts reporting. At that time, he received 8,588 votes, or 90 percent, to his then lone challenger, Lou Cespedes, who garnered 904 votes, or 10 percent.

On Tuesday, Democrat Eugene — the first Haitian to hold elective office in New York City and who represents the 40th Council District, juxtaposed to Williams’ 45th Council District — beat Brian Christopher Cunningham, the son of Jamaican immigrants in garnering 13, 840 votes, or 60 percent.

With 100 percent of the 104 precincts reporting, Cunningham, running on the Reform Party line, mustered 8, 370 votes, or 36 percent. Another Eugene Challenger, Brian Kelly, who contested the seat on the Conservative Party ticket, received 767 votes, or 3 percent.

Cunningham had also challenged Eugene in the Democratic Primary in September, receiving, at the time, 3,991 votes, or 30 percent. In that four-way race, Pia Raymond had received 2,956 votes, or 22 percent, and Jennifer Berkley, 822 votes, or 6 percent.

“I just want to say ‘thank you’ to the voters; ‘thank you very much,’” Williams told Caribbean Life after Tuesday night’s victory. “It shows they’re [voters] happy in giving me a mandate to do what I’m doing. Now, I can focus on the Speaker’s race.”

Eugene again attributed his success to God and his dedicated to community service.

“Thank God for giving me the opportunity to be elected one more time, to continue do what I love doing – serving the people,” he told Caribbean life after the results were announced. “I like to thank all the voters and supporters for putting their trust and confidence me.

“I pledge to work harder, to continue to do what I can to address the issues and improve the quality of life for all, including those who did not vote for me,” Eugene added.

He said, even though he has accomplished a lot in his district, his priorities are to “address the challenges facing the youth; to ensure quality education with smaller class size; to improve access to healthcare for all people; to expand employment opportunities; to improve public safety services and police/community relations; to improve affordable housing opportunities and support immigrant rights; as well as to provide strong advocacy for neighborhood preservation and homeowners.’

“I believe much more needs to be done, and I will do everything I can to address the challenges,” said Eugene, stating that he has been “well known and respected for more than a decade as a community leader, educator, health professional, local media personality and founder of the non-profit organization, YES (Youth Education and Sports).”

This organization, which served thousands of Brooklyn youth and their families from diverse backgrounds, promoted self-esteem, discipline, respect and skill development in preparation for success in school and life.

Posted 12:00 am, November 9, 2017
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Anthony Beckford from East Flatbush says:
First of all, I had to laugh at this write up by a Jumaane Williams fan. But below is my statement from November 8th.

Statement from City Council Candidate Anthony Beckford

Re: Post 2017 NYC Election - Election Results

I want to thank my volunteers who came out to keep the message going. I want to thank the 613 Voters who eyes I opened and who have seen the work I have done in the community and will continue to do in the community. I want to thank the groups, organizations and Candidates who have endorsed me; Afrikans helping Afrikans, Black Lives Caucus, Bronx Community Greens,
Concerned Citizens of Flatbush Gardens, Nicholas Heyward Jr Foundation, Stop REBNY Bullies and Manhattan DA Candidate Marc Fliedner.

613 is a significant number. 613 is a good number. 613 people believed in my message and believe in me enough for me to lead them in the fight against developers, gentrification, police brutality, school to prison pipeline. 613 people were awakened and knew that I have been and still continue to fight to protect their immigration, lgbtq, women's, tenant and labor rights.

I am Humbled and Honored in their faith in me.

I received 613 votes and my opponent Jumaane Williams, received 20,347 votes.
There are actually 141,000 registered voters in District 45.

That means less than 10% of the people in District 45 voted yesterday. A total of 120,040 people did not or could not vote.

In 2009, Jumaane Williams ran unopposed in the general election and received 16,000 votes. In 2013, he ran unopposed again and received only 19,000 votes out of 141,000 registered voters.

Now let's break this down. I was able to receive 613 votes with only $1,500 in donations, No Media Coverage of my Campaign, No Political Party Backing, No Major Endorsements, Only 7 to 10 part time non-paid volunteers.

I was able to receive 613 votes despite my name being obscured on many ballots, the ballot machines not accepting the votes of many of those who were trying to vote for me, poll workers telling people to Vote only in the left side of the ballot, various organizations not publishing my Voters Guide due to their allegiance to Jumaane Williams, a Community Board Employed by Jumaane Williams and run by a Real Estate Broker that he out into place keeping his dealings with the developers away from the view of the members, Mayor De'Blasio promoting Jumaane on Election Day, Jumaane Williams outspending me 300 to 1, Jumaane's massive media coverage, Jumaane's special interest and big money endorsements, Jumaane's paid volunteers violating the 100 feet mandated distance rule for polling locations, Jumaane's ability to send out mailers to hundreds of thousands of homes twice throughout the election, Jumaane receiving support from various elected officials and so forth.

Did I lose? No, Not at all.

This was my first ever political race and I won the hearts of 613 people and will continue to re-educate the remaining people in the District who voted for my opponent and those who chose to not vote at all. I am a Revolutionary Soldier and I will continue this fight. I will re-educate the conditioned and still hold accountable all the corrupt, the oppressive, the complacent, the greedy and the opportunists.

I was able to meet some great people who came from near and far to volunteer for me while many politicians had to pay for loyalty. I was able to expose so much which had people finally asking questions. Was able to cause an incumbent to run Everytime I stepped into a building. And had Jumaane Williams scared to debate me. He even sent a childhood friend of mine to spy on my moves. I was always winning for the people.

Even Assemblyman Charles Barron told me told me a few weeks ago, "Even if you don't get in, keep running until you do. The people need people like us to fight for them".

I know Jumaane's secrets and I will keep on holding him accountable for the people. I will continue being the voice of the silenced. This is nowhere near over.

Now Stay Tuned For My Next Move.

#NYCVotes #ElectionDay #ElectionDay2017

#BrooklynForAnthonyBeckford

Additional Note:

Countless Men, Women and Children have been made homeless during Jumaane's tenure. That's not a good legacy under a supposed "Advocate for Affordable housing".

Jumaane screams for police accountability but yet he voted to add up to 2,000 more officers to the NYPD and their budget has been raised to $5.2 billion while our communities continue to lose resources and the NYPD continue to murder innocent Black and Brown MN en, Women and Children, such as they did to Akai Gurley, Delrawn Smalls, Shantel Davis, Kimani Gray, Eric Garner, Dwayne Juene and others.

He claims to advocate against gun violence but yet there were 8 shootings in one week recently in his district. Matter of fact, if we want to rid the district of gun violence then we need to rid it of the conditions that produce gun violence such as poverty, resources, etc. In which, he has not battled at all.

So the actor that became a politician will be held accountable by the advocate for the people.

Also, ask DC 37 and all the major unions why they decided without second thought to endorse Jim or even acknowledge District 45 this election season.
Nov. 12, 3:01 pm
Anthony Beckford from East Flatbush says:
First of all, I had to laugh at this write up by a Jumaane Williams fan. But below is my statement from November 8th.

Statement from City Council Candidate Anthony Beckford

Re: Post 2017 NYC Election - Election Results

I want to thank my volunteers who came out to keep the message going. I want to thank the 613 Voters who eyes I opened and who have seen the work I have done in the community and will continue to do in the community. I want to thank the groups, organizations and Candidates who have endorsed me; Afrikans helping Afrikans, Black Lives Caucus, Bronx Community Greens,
Concerned Citizens of Flatbush Gardens, Nicholas Heyward Jr Foundation, Stop REBNY Bullies and Manhattan DA Candidate Marc Fliedner.

613 is a significant number. 613 is a good number. 613 people believed in my message and believe in me enough for me to lead them in the fight against developers, gentrification, police brutality, school to prison pipeline. 613 people were awakened and knew that I have been and still continue to fight to protect their immigration, lgbtq, women's, tenant and labor rights.

I am Humbled and Honored in their faith in me.

I received 613 votes and my opponent Jumaane Williams, received 20,347 votes.
There are actually 141,000 registered voters in District 45.

That means less than 10% of the people in District 45 voted yesterday. A total of 120,040 people did not or could not vote.

In 2009, Jumaane Williams ran unopposed in the general election and received 16,000 votes. In 2013, he ran unopposed again and received only 19,000 votes out of 141,000 registered voters.

Now let's break this down. I was able to receive 613 votes with only $1,500 in donations, No Media Coverage of my Campaign, No Political Party Backing, No Major Endorsements, Only 7 to 10 part time non-paid volunteers.

I was able to receive 613 votes despite my name being obscured on many ballots, the ballot machines not accepting the votes of many of those who were trying to vote for me, poll workers telling people to Vote only in the left side of the ballot, various organizations not publishing my Voters Guide due to their allegiance to Jumaane Williams, a Community Board Employed by Jumaane Williams and run by a Real Estate Broker that he out into place keeping his dealings with the developers away from the view of the members, Mayor De'Blasio promoting Jumaane on Election Day, Jumaane Williams outspending me 300 to 1, Jumaane's massive media coverage, Jumaane's special interest and big money endorsements, Jumaane's paid volunteers violating the 100 feet mandated distance rule for polling locations, Jumaane's ability to send out mailers to hundreds of thousands of homes twice throughout the election, Jumaane receiving support from various elected officials and so forth.

Did I lose? No, Not at all.

This was my first ever political race and I won the hearts of 613 people and will continue to re-educate the remaining people in the District who voted for my opponent and those who chose to not vote at all. I am a Revolutionary Soldier and I will continue this fight. I will re-educate the conditioned and still hold accountable all the corrupt, the oppressive, the complacent, the greedy and the opportunists.

I was able to meet some great people who came from near and far to volunteer for me while many politicians had to pay for loyalty. I was able to expose so much which had people finally asking questions. Was able to cause an incumbent to run Everytime I stepped into a building. And had Jumaane Williams scared to debate me. He even sent a childhood friend of mine to spy on my moves. I was always winning for the people.

Even Assemblyman Charles Barron told me told me a few weeks ago, "Even if you don't get in, keep running until you do. The people need people like us to fight for them".

I know Jumaane's secrets and I will keep on holding him accountable for the people. I will continue being the voice of the silenced. This is nowhere near over.

Now Stay Tuned For My Next Move.

#NYCVotes #ElectionDay #ElectionDay2017

#BrooklynForAnthonyBeckford

Additional Note:

Countless Men, Women and Children have been made homeless during Jumaane's tenure. That's not a good legacy under a supposed "Advocate for Affordable housing".

Jumaane screams for police accountability but yet he voted to add up to 2,000 more officers to the NYPD and their budget has been raised to $5.2 billion while our communities continue to lose resources and the NYPD continue to murder innocent Black and Brown Men, Women and Children, such as they did to Akai Gurley, Delrawn Smalls, Shantel Davis, Kimani Gray, Eric Garner, Dwayne Juene and others.

He claims to advocate against gun violence but yet there were 8 shootings in one week recently in his district. Matter of fact, if we want to rid the district of gun violence then we need to rid it of the conditions that produce gun violence such as poverty, resources, etc. In which, he has not battled at all.

So the actor that became a politician will be held accountable by the advocate for the people.

Also, ask DC 37 and all the major unions why they decided without second thought to not endorse him or even acknowledge District 45 this election season.
Nov. 12, 6:37 pm

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