New York State Assembly Seat Historic Win for Haitian-American

Rodneyse Bichotte pulled off the feat of being the first Haitian-American to capture the 42nd State Assembly District seat in Brooklyn during the general elections, trouncing opponents Matthew Williams and Brian Kelly with 90% of the vote.


In her victory speech, Bichotte expressed appreciation to her campaign staff, volunteers, supporters, and the many elected officials that threw their weight behind her, helping her succeed at the ballot box. She mentioned Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City; Caribbean-American Congresswoman Yvette Clarke; Jamaican-American Assemblyman Nick Perry, and Jamaican-American former New York City Councilwoman, Una Clarke. During the campaign Bichotte ran on a platform of issues ranging from immigration and education reform to health care services, affordable housing, elder care, jobs, and women's and LGBT rights.

Caribbean candidates made a strong showing in other general election races that night as well. Jamaican-American Congresswoman Clarke retained her seat in the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, garnering 90% of the vote against opponent David Cavanagh. Jamaican-American Democrat Leroy Comrie creamed State Senator Malcolm Smith in the primaries with 69.4% of the vote, running unopposed in the general election to win the 14th State Senate seat in Queens. And an interesting turn of events had Guyanese-American New York State Democratic Senator John Sampson retain his 19th Senatorial District seat in Brooklyn, with 86% of the vote, despite the fact he has been indicted on embezzlement charges of nearly half a million dollars on the sale of foreclosed homes.

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