Brooklyn Democrats Celebrate Being Top of Political Hill

Brooklyn Borough President and Democratic nominee for mayor Eric Adams, center, is mobbed by supporters at last night's Kings County Democratic Party's annual dinner. Contributed photo.

Brooklyn Democrats were in high spirits at the Kings County Democratic Party’s annual dinner last night at the Giando on the Water restaurant and event space in Williamsburg.

And there was good reason to be as Brooklyn Democrats currently dominate the political scene.

Among the Brooklynites in attendance included Mayor Bill de Blasio, Brooklyn Borough President and the Democratic nominee for mayor Eric Adams, State Attorney General Letitia James, House Democratic Caucus Chair U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Democratic nominee to replace Adams as borough president City Councilmember Antonio Reynoso.

“Tonight we are celebrating our Democratic victory and unity,” said Brooklyn Democratic Party Chair and Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn. “We have elected an unprecedented number of diverse Democratic nominees, who are young Democrats, first-generation immigrants, LGBTQ+ New Yorkers, progressives, and Democrats of all shades of blue. And, for the first time ever, New York City is poised to welcome a female majority at City Hall.”
 
Brooklyn Democratic Party Chair and Assemblymember Rodneyse Hermelyn Bichotte, left, and Antonio Reynoso, the Democratic nominee to replace Eris Adams as Brooklyn Borough President, right.

Bichotte Hermelyn highlighted the historic victory of three citywide Democratic nominees from Brooklyn: Brad Lander for Comptroller, Jumaane Williams for Public Advocate, and Eric Adams for Mayor.
 
“As we celebrate our many victories this year, none is more special than Eric Adams’,” said Bichotte Hermelyn.”New York City has elected not only the most qualified Democratic candidate but a real blue-collar New Yorker. Through this victory we welcome a generation of diversity.”

While progressive party reformers Lander and Williams (who is getting married tonight) were not in attendance, Reynoso – also a Party reformer – vowed to work to unify the Party as the incoming borough president.

“Brooklyn is facing unprecedented challenges as we emerge from one of the most difficult periods in our borough’s history. This June, the people elected a historically diverse slate of elected officials to immediately get to work and deliver on behalf of our most impacted communities. Our new Mayor, myself, and the entire slate of democratic nominees are aligned on far more than we differ on and are all committed to following through on the task the voters entrusted us with. Now is a time to put political differences aside and focus on the pressing needs of Brooklynites,” said Reynoso.

COVID-19 hero honorees at the event included the New York State Nurses Association, Public Employees Federation, 1199SEIU, District Council 37, Public Employees Federation, and Home Healthcare Workers of America.
 
Also in attendance were elected officials from across all five boroughs including all five Democratic County chairs: Rep. Gregory Meeks (Queens) Sen. Jamaal Bailey (Bronx), Assemblymember Micheal Cusick (Staten Island), and Assemblyman Keith Wright (Manhattan).
 
Among the other top Democrats at the dinner were US Rep.Tom Suozzi (Queens, Long Island), Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke (Brooklyn) and U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler (Brooklyn, Manhattan).

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