Primary Election Results And The Caribbean
Immigrant Community In Brooklyn
The votes have been cast and counted and the results are there
for every one to see and the picture isnt a bright one as
far as Caribbean immigrants are concerned.
In two races for New York State Senate seats from Brooklyn, Caribbean
candidates and their backers were unable to gain favor with the
electorate by being chosen as the Democratic Partys standard-bearers
in the upcoming November election. The fault for this debacle lies
not in our stars but in ourselves and now that the folly and the
consequences of Caribbean political disunity have been fully exposed
to full public glare, we can only hope, pray and urge our so-called
political and community leaders to mend their ways and end their
But first things first.
An energetic Carl McCall, the New York State Comptroller and chief
fiscal officer, must be congratulated on his magnificent victory
in the Democratic primary for Governor. He would have won the race
to lead his Party in the fight against the incumbent Republican
Governor, George Pataki, even if Andrew Cuomo, McCalls main
rival for the nomination, hadnt seen the wisdom of withdrawing,
presumably to fight another day.
Cuomo, the former Clinton Housing Secretary, should not have entered
the fight in the first place but his decision to withdraw from the
primary at the last minute brought a measure of unity to the Democrats
and has placed it in a good position to wage a determined battle
to capture the state house on November 5th.
Its the first time that an African-American is heading the
New York state Democratic ticket and if successful, he would become
the first Black Governor elected in the country in the 21st century.
A public figure with a significant track record, McCall is a man
of accomplishment and decency and has a vision for the state which,
if it became a reality would make New York a better place for people
to live, work, raise and educate their children and to call home.
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