Several hundred people including dozens of lawmakers came out to the TWU Local 100 headquarters in Downtown Brooklyn on Friday to celebrate retiring Assembly Member Annette M. Robinson‘s legislative career and her legacy of public service in which she mentored – either personally or through example – many current office holders.
Among the elected officials in attendance included Public Advocate Letitia James, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Assembly members Walter Mosley, Jo Anne Simon, Latrice Walker and Diana Richardson; and City Council Members Robert Cornegy Jr., Laurie Cumbo, Mathieu Eugene and Alan Maisel.
“I felt super honored to being the MC of this event in which we celebrated the legacy of Annette Robinson. Ever since I was able to vote, she has been an elected official in my life,” said Vanguard Independent Democratic Association (VIDA) President Henry Butler. “She has represented everything an elected official is supposed to be. When I think of one word for Annette Robinson, the word integrity stands out.”
Robinson’s career as a public servant began in 1977 as an elected Community School Board District 16 member in 1977. She went on to work for former N.Y.C. Comptroller Harrison J. Goldin, and U.S. Congressman Major R. Owens before being elected to the City Council representing Bedford-Stuyvesant in 1991.
After being term-limited out of office in 2000, Robinson swapped positions with former Assembly and City Council Member Al Vann, where she will continue to serve until the end of the year.
Besides being a public officials, Robinson is a pillar of the Bed-Stuy community, who was married for over 50 years to the late William Robinson, is a mother of six, a grandmother and a great-grandmother.
“In sincere appreciation for her guidance and outstanding leadership, I congratulate Assemblywoman Annette Robinson on her retirement from elected office,” said Cornegy. “On behalf of the 56th District, we want to thank her for decades of exemplary public service and applaud her for all her good work.”
Cornegy noted that although she is retiring from the Assembly, Robinson will continue on as the female Democratic District leader of the 56th Assembly district, as well as the Vice Chair of the Kings County Democratic Party, making her the second in command behind Party Boss Frank Seddio
“Assemblywoman Robinson has been a leader in our community for decades, working to create affordable housing, improve access to education, and protect our civil liberties,” said Walker. “The Assemblywoman, is an inspiration to me, and to an entire generation of activists within government who believe in our capacity to create change. The communities of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights will always remember the example of her distinguished service.”
Robinson’s expected successor in the assembly, Democratic nominee Tremaine Wright, noted Robinson served the community with compassion and dedication for over 40 years.
“She has represented our interests and served as an example of true servant leadership. I salute you, Assembly Member Robinson, for a magnificent career, model leadership and a caring spirit. Congratulations on your retirement and thank you for your service,” said Wright.