Brooklyn Dems chair hails Adams victory

New York City mayoral election
Democratic candidate for New York City Mayor Eric Adams reacts after being declared victor at his election night party in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. Nov. 2, 2021.
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Brooklyn Democratic Party Chair, Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte-Hermelyn, who campaigned feverishly for Eric Adams, on Wednesday hailed his victory for the next Mayor of New York City.

“We congratulate our next NYC Mayor Eric Adams on a well-deserved, historic victory,” said Bichotte Hermelyn, the daughter of Haitian immigrants. “Adams’ win is a significant leap forward for Brooklyn, New York City and the state.

“Eric rose from humble roots to become NYC’s second Black mayor in history by dedicating his life to uplifting, uniting and empowering all New Yorkers,” added Bichotte Hermelyn, who represents the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn.

“As our 110th mayor, Eric Adams will help lead New York City’s equitable recovery and usher in a prosperous new era,” she continued. “Eric possesses the judgment, drive and experience to help restore the city’s economy and make our streets safe again.

“We look forward to working with Eric Adams to help build a stronger and more inclusive city for all Brooklynites,” Bichotte Hermelyn said.

With 78 percent of the precincts reporting, Democratic Adams was declared the winner for Mayor of New York City by an overwhelming majority, garnering 676,481 votes, 66,5 percent, to his Republican challenger, Curtis Sliwa’s 293,127 votes, or  28.8 percent.

Catherine Rojas, running on the Socialism and Liberation lines, received 24,995 votes, or  2.5 percent; and Conservative William Pepitone received 11,668  votes, or 1.1  percent.

Bichotte Hermelyn had urged voters to cast ballots on five ballot proposals, which would amend the state Constitution, if passed.

The ballot proposals were: Question 1: The Redistricting Process. This proposal would reform the redistricting process that determines representation across the state.

Question 2: Right to Clean Air, Clean Water, and a Healthful Environment. This proposal would provide the right to clean air, clean water, and a healthful environment to all New Yorkers.

Question 3: Same-Day Voter Registration. This proposal would expand voting rights and remove the requirement that a person register to vote at least 10 days before an election.

Question 4: No-Excuse Absentee Voting. This proposal would allow the State Legislature to pass new laws that give more New Yorkers the option to vote by mail without providing an excuse.

Question 5: Civil Court’s Claim Limit. This proposal increases the jurisdictional limit of the NYC Civil Court from $25,000 to $50,000, reducing the burden on the NYS Supreme Court.

But voters rejected Proposal 1, 3 and 4. On Proposal 1, with 83 percent reported, the Yes vote received 44 percent to 56 percent for No.

On Proposal 2, Yes received 69 percent to No’s 31 percent; 83 percent reported.

On Proposal 3, Yes received 42 percent to No’s 58 percent, with 83 percent reported.

On Proposal 4, Yes received 44 percent to No’s 56 percent, with 83 reported.

And on Proposal 5, Yes received 63 percent to No’s 37 percent, with 82 percent reported.