Haitian American chair of Brooklyn Democratic Party hails victory of New York City’s next mayor

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New York State Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn

NEW YORK, NY– The Haitian American chair of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, New York State Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, who campaigned feverishly for Eric Adams, has hailed his victory for the next Mayor of New York City. 

“We congratulate our next NYC Mayor Eric Adams on a well-deserved, historic victory,” said Bichotte Hermelyn, the daughter of Haitian immigrants.

“Adams’ win is a significant leap forward for Brooklyn, New York City, and the State,” added Bichotte Hermelyn, who represents the predominantly Caribbean 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn. “Eric rose from humble roots to become NYC’s (New York City) second Black mayor in history by dedicating his life to uplifting, uniting, and empowering all New Yorkers.” 

The late David Dinkins was New York City’s first Black mayor. 

“As our 110th Mayor, Eric Adams will help lead New York City’s equitable recovery and usher in a prosperous new era,” Bichotte Hermelyn said. “Eric possesses the judgment, drive, and experience to help restore the city’s economy and make our streets safe again. 

“We look forward to working with Eric Adams to help build a stronger and more inclusive city for all Brooklynites,” she added.

With 78 percent of the precincts reporting, Democratic Adams, a retired New York Police Department (NYPD) captain, and Brooklyn Borough President was declared the winner Tuesday night for Mayor of New York City by an overwhelming majority, garnering 676,481 votes, or 66,5 percent, to his Republican challenger, Curtis Sliwa’s 293,127 votes, or 28.8 percent. 

“For a young man from South Jamaica, Queens (New York), who grew up with all of the challenges that every New Yorker faces, tonight is not just a victory over adversity, it is a vindication of faith,” said Adams in his victory speech. “It is proof that people of this city will love you if you love them. It is proof that the forgotten can be the future. It is proof that this city can live up to its promise. 

“The campaign was never, never, never about me; this campaign was about this city and the people in it, from every corner and every background in this city, those who have been left behind and believed they would never catch up,” he added. “This campaign was for the underserved, the marginalized, the abandoned. This campaign was for those who had been betrayed by their government. 

There is a covenant between the government and the people of our city. You pay your taxes; we deliver your tax dollars through goods and services. January 1 (2022, when he takes office) that stops.

Adams will replace incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is prohibited from seeking a third consecutive four-year term according to New York City Charter. 

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