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Rodneyse Bichotte

Rodneyse Bichotte

  • Next Battle in Brooklyn Democratic Party Civil War Set to be Decided

    (l-r) Top: Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, Antonio Reynoso, Nydia Velazquez, Hakeem Jeffries; Bottom: Eric Adams, Brad Lander, & Jumaane Williams


    Update: The 'Brooklyn Can't Wait' campaign ran 20 candidates for district leader who pledged to reform the Brooklyn Democratic Party. Thirteen of them, including incumbents, won their races in the June 28 primary. Read the full story below for background and other context about the 'civil war' in the Brooklyn Democratic Party:

    Brooklyn is the center of political power in New York City, and its influence has grown in recent years. It’s the home

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  • The Deadly Context and Ominous Consequences of The Texas Abortion Law

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    Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, the author (photo: Rodneyse Bichotte/Facebook)


    Abortion is a matter of life and death for a woman. Those who are pro-choice like me know that access to safe abortion care can prevent a woman from losing her life, and restrictions can - and are - ending it. And for Black women like me, who know what it’s like to lose a child because of maternal healthcare inequities, this is a nightmare that’s only going to get worse.

    Women pioneers fought tirelessly

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  • Eric Adams' Strengths and Weaknesses as He Runs for Mayor

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    Eric Adams (photo: Erica Sherman/Brooklyn BP's Office)


    [This article is part of a series on the leading Democratic mayoral candidates' strengths and weaknesses.]

    As he had said was his intention for years, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams entered the 2021 mayoral race last month as a top-tier Democratic primary candidate to replace the term-limited Mayor Bill de Blasio. Adams is one of the few elected officials in a crowded race with several first-time candidates and

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  • Brooklyn Candidates Say Democratic Party Leaders Booted Them from Ballot for Not Gathering More Signatures During Pandemic

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    Christina Das and John Wasserman collecting petition signatures in March (Wasserman's Facebook)


    Two Brooklyn candidates say their names were removed from the June ballot for party positions in retaliation for pushing back against local Democratic officials asking them to canvass during the pandemic as one of them experienced coronavirus-like symptoms.   

    John Wasserman and Christina Das — who were running for reelection as 42nd Assembly District Alternative Judicial Delegate and Judicial Delegate, respectively — believe they were kicked

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