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Primary Election Results And The Caribbean Immigrant Community In Brooklyn

From NYCaribNews

The votes have been cast and counted and the results are there for every one to see and the picture isn’t 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 Party’s 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 destructive behavior.

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, McCall’s main rival for the nomination, hadn’t 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.

It’s 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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