Statement by Brooklyn Democratic Party Chair Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn: Eric Adams’ Victory is a “Major Step Forward” for NYC

Brooklyn Democratic Party Chair Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn released the following statement after the New York City Board of Elections revealed today that Eric Adams maintained a 8,426 unofficial vote lead over Kathryn Garcia for the Democratic Mayoral nomination, and is our apparent next Mayor of New York City.
“We congratulate Eric Adams on a well-deserved victory, and on becoming only the second Black mayor in New York City history. He rose from humble beginnings by dedicating his life to uplifting all New Yorkers…”
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Brooklyn Dems Chair strongly condemns the Supreme Court upholding Arizona voting restrictions as a “dark day for our democracy.”

Brooklyn Democratic Party Chair Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn released the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States upheld voting restrictions in Arizona:
“Today’s SCOTUS Arizona ruling is an abhorrent assault by the GOP. It blatantly undercuts the 1965 Voting Rights Act and undermines the voting strength of minorities and people of color. It is a dark day for our democracy…”
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Brooklyn Dems Chair Calls for Independent, Nonpartisan Investigation of Election Snafu

Brooklyn Democratic Party Chair Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn released the following statement after the New York City Board of Elections released new numbers in the democratic primary race, which showed a “discrepancy” in the count during the ranked-choice voting round-by-round elimination report:

“This week the people of New York were, again, let down by a system that has left voters doubting the merit of their votes. The Board of Elections was unprepared to execute a ranked-choice voting system of this scale…”

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Join us in supporting Paul & O’Neale for Judge

We have endorsed two highly-qualified judges of integrity in these elections: Judge Dweynie Paul for Surrogate’s Court and Inga O’Neale for Civil Court judge.

Judge Dweynie Esther Paul is a Kings County Civil Court Judge, elected in 2015. She is the daughter of Caribbean immigrants, and has presided over family court cases since her term began in 2016. Before that, Judge Paul practiced law throughout the state of New York for over 12 years. Judge Paul is endorsed by the Brooklyn Democratic Party, after winning an overwhelming majority of the vote of their Executive Committee, and by most democratic clubs in Brooklyn.

Inga O’Neale is a lawyer who has served as a Court Attorney researching cases on behalf of judges. She also worked providing free legal help to people who couldn’t afford an attorney, and has volunteered as an arbitor in the Kings County Small Claims Court.

Inga is running to be a Kings County Civil Court. She has been endorsed by the Brooklyn Democratic Party, the majority of democratic political clubs, and many elected officials. Inga was interviewed and found qualified by the New York City Bar Association Judicial Screening Panel. Please vote Inga O’Neale.

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Primary School: What You Need to Know About Voting

The Democratic primary elections are right around the corner and it’s time to get ready to VOTE.
Don’t forget that in order to vote, you must be a registered Democrat. Tomorrow, May 28, is the New York voter registration deadline. Early voting starts on June 12, and absentee ballots are already going out. Don’t forget to register to vote, and ask your friends and family if they are registered too.
During these pivotal elections, registered Democrats have the power to elect the next mayor, comptroller, borough president, public advocate, Surrogate’s Court judge, civil court judges, district attorney and city council members — including at least 35 new members due to term limits. It is also the first time New Yorkers will vote using ranked choice. To learn more about Ranked-Choice Voting and what to expect on your ballot, you can visit rankthevotenyc.org.
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Brooklyn Dems Congratulate Senators Schumer & Gillibrand & Reps Clarke, Jeffries, Maloney & Velazquez For
Passing COVID Relief Bill

President Joe Biden signed the historic American Rescue Plan into law this afternoon in the Oval Office. The COVID relief bill was championed and passed by Democratic leaders.
“The passage of the coronavirus relief bill is a monumental step towards reducing poverty and helping New York and America recover,” said party chair Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn. “I praise Democrats in the House and Senate for showing unity and delivering much-needed help to their constituents. New York was the global epicenter of the pandemic, and the American Rescue Plan marks real relief to the tune of $100 billion. Brooklyn was hit particularly hard by the pandemic, and as Chair of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, I am glad that aid is on its way to our borough. Democrats have forged a unified path forward for all the American people to overcome the Covid crisis.”
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Recap: Missed the FIRST NYC candidate debates? Don’t worry, we have all the highlights and videos!

On Sunday, January 31, the Brooklyn Democratic Party sponsored a virtual debate between the top mayoral, comptroller, and Brooklyn borough president candidates, moderated by Errol Louis, TV political anchor and commentator.
The full debate can be watched via our YouTube here.
Additionally, the debate, which was watched by over 5,000 people, received national and local news coverage, which summarizes some highlights and analysis of the debate
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REMINDER: No NFL Sunday; Watch the First NYC Candidate Debates Instead!

On Sunday, January 31, at 6:00 p.m. ET the Kings County Democratic County Committee invites you to attend the first-ever 2021 candidate debate; featuring candidates from the mayoral, comptroller, and Brooklyn borough president races.

The virtual debate will be moderated by Errol Louis, and kicks off at 6pm. It will be livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook.

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REMINDER: No NFL Sunday; Watch the First NYC Candidate Debates Instead!

On Sunday, January 31, at 6:00 p.m. ET the Kings County Democratic County Committee invites you to attend the first-ever 2021 candidate debate; featuring candidates from the mayoral, comptroller, and Brooklyn borough president races.

The virtual debate will be moderated by Errol Louis, and kicks off at 6pm. It will be livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook.

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Congratulations Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer!

Brooklyn’s own Sen. Chuck Schumer is set to become the first New Yorker to hold the U.S. Senate majority leader post, on January 20th, following the announcements of victory from two Democratic Senators in Georgia, Rev. Raphael Warnock and John Ossoff in Tuesday’s runoff.

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Join Us To Celebrate Inauguration Day!

“Today marks a historic day where we will embrace Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as our nation’s leaders.  The inauguration allows us, at last, to turn the page on the dark years of Donald Trump’s presidency. We can all be proud that we prevailed through the recent attacks on our democracy. Although there are still rough days ahead, there’s much to look forward to. We replaced the divisive, hateful, racist policies of the Trump administration with a beacon of light to guide us forward.” – Assemblymember and Brooklyn Democratic Party Chair Rodneyse Bichotte Heremlyn

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Join Us for a Day of Service!

The Brooklyn Democratic Party held a community cleanup in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the MLK Day of Service.

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CONVICT Donald Trump & Prevent Him From Ever Holding Office Again

Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn praised the Senate for voting yesterday that it is constitutional to try Donald J. Trump for incitement of insurrection and violence against the United States government. Bichotte Hermelyn also urged the Senate to swiftly convict Trump and ensure that he never holds public office and is punished to the fullest extent for his actions.

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We Won!

Americans have waited a long time for this historic day. The people have decided that Joe Biden will be the President of the United States.

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We Must Count Every Vote

Dear Friends, We worked hard to keep Brooklyn blue this year and I am proud to congratulate all our local Democratic winners today. I thank all our field operatives, staff, and poll workers who make our democracy possible. In New York, it will take a week or more for absentee ballots to be tabulated, but it is clear that our state, and our county is overwhelmingly blue. We must remain patient.

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Today is Election Day!

Make a plan to vote.

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Brooklyn Democratic Party Appeals Ruling That Unseats Thousands of County Committee Members

The Kings County Democratic Party today filed a Notice of Appeal regarding a lower court decision handed down last week that would unseat thousands of county committee members. The lawsuit was filed by a group of 12 dissident county committee members motivated by their own purely partisan reasons. “While we fundamentally agree with enfranchising voters and increasing grassroots participation, we do not believe that this attempt to co-opt the party was actually filed with that in mind,” said Party Chair and Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn. “In fact, by filing the petition in this case and persuading the judge to issue his decision, the plaintiffs have stripped away the rights of all grassroots county committee members. It is our duty to save the democracy of the Democratic Party. We will not allow members’ seats to be stolen by a few, politically motivated dissidents.”

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Brooklyn Dems and DNC Hosting Live-Streamed Pre-debate Women’s Panel

BROOKLYN, NY – On Thursday, October 22, at 7:30 p.m. ET, Brooklyn Democratic Party Chair Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn(AD-42) and Democratic National Committee Deputy Political Director Taylor Barnes will host a virtual pre-debate women’s panel. The powerful lineup of speakers includes New York State Attorney General Letitia James, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), Assemblymember Latrice Walker (AD-55) and Council Member Farah N. Louis (CD-45).

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