The Executive Committee of the Brooklyn Democratic Committee voted to appoint lifelong Bedford-Stuyvesant resident, President of the Vanguard Independent Democratic Association (VIDA) and District Manager of Community Board 3, Henry Butler to the position of Male Democratic State Committee Member, commonly known as the district leader.
Butler replaces City Council Member Robert E. Cornegy Jr. (D-Bedford-Stuyvesant, Northern Crown Heights), who recently resigned from the unpaid district leader role.
“It’s an honor to fill the vacancy for the position of State Committee- Male (Male District Leader) of the 56th Assembly District. As we continue to navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic and public health crisis, now more than ever it’s important that the residents of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights-North have representation at every level. I look forward to continuing to work with so many to address the needs and concerns of our community,” said Butler.
“Henry Butler is an extraordinary public servant who knows the local residents well, and has the community organizing experience to be an amazing District Leader. As President of the VIDA Democratic Club, Henry has led efforts to increase voter awareness and voter turnout to elect some of Brooklyn’s finest elected officials. I look forward to working with him as we continue to strengthen our diverse Brooklyn Democratic Party,” said State Assemblywoman & Brooklyn Democratic Party County Leader Rodneyse Bichotte (B-Flatbush, Ditmas Park).
“I am proud to have Henry Butler as my Co-leader in the 56th Assembly District. Henry received his formal and secondary education attending schools within the district. As an active volunteer, he has a keen sense of civic duty as well as understands the social, economic and political needs of the community. It’s imperative that the constituents of the 56th Assembly District receive their equitable and fair allocation of resources from every level of government,” said Former Assemblywoman & Brooklyn Democratic Party Vice-Chair Annette Robinson.
“Henry is a true workingman’s man. He worked his way up as a caseworker for ACS, he became a subway conductor and labor activist at his union TWU Local 100. Henry was Chair of Community Board 3 & currently serves as the District Manager of Community Board 3 with his hands all over enhancing our neighborhood’s quality of life. His passion for helping those who are less fortunate will give him the drive needed to be a successful District Leader. I am proud to call Henry my good friend,” said Cornegy Jr.
“I have the utmost confidence in Henry Butler as an active and effective District Leader because I have seen Henry in action firsthand. Henry knows how to organize and rally people to effectuate positive change and will be a leading voice for inclusiveness, fairness, and equality within the Democratic Party,” said State Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright (D-Bed-Stuy, Northern Crown Heights).