Brooklyn Dems promote unity, progress at SOMOS

Mayor-elect Eric Adams speaking alongside BK Dems Party Chair Rodneyse Bichotte-Hermelyn.
Brooklyn Democratic Party

The Brooklyn Democratic Party said on Monday that it held a successful “get together” over the weekend at the annual SOMOS conference in Puerto Rico.

“We are all one,” proclaimed Party Chair Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte-Hermelyn, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, as a broad coalition of prominent Democratic leaders gathered to discuss party unity and building back New York City better.

In attendance at the Brooklyn Dems’ “Sips in Somos” conference were Gov. Kathy Hochul; Mayor-elect Eric Adams; NY Attorney General Letitia James; Mayor Bill de Blasio; US Sen. Chuck Schumer; Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzales; NYS Assembly Majority Leader Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes; Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Ingrid Lewis; Brooklyn Dems Law Chair Frank Carone; all five borough Democratic chairs (Bichotte Hermelyn, Gregory Meeks, Jamaal Bailey, Michael Cusick and Keith Wright); among other prominent Democratic leaders and activists.

From left: NYS Assembly Majority Leader Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes, Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzales, Gov. Kathy Hochul, Mayor-elect Eric Adams, BK Dems Party Chair Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York. Brooklyn Democratic Party

Adams, who kicked off the event, thanked Bichotte Hermelyn, who represents the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn, for helping to unify the Democratic Party and working with businesses to aid New York City’s recovery.

Bichotte-Hermelyn said Hochul and Adams vowed to fight together, alongside Brooklyn electeds, “to usher in a robust and inclusive recovery for our borough and city – a sentiment broadly echoed by other politicians in attendance.”

Mayor-elect Eric Adams and BK Dems Chair Rodneyse Bichotte-Hermelyn. Brooklyn Democratic Party

“I have a headline for you,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said. “Governor of New York stops fighting with Mayor of New York and, instead, together we fight for New York.”

“Democrats of all stripes have formed a united front to help New York City and State recover from the pandemic by uplifting all New Yorkers,” said Bichotte-Hermelyn. “The Brooklyn Democratic Party is steadfastly ensuring that we work with all leaders to build a stronger and more equitable borough for everyone.”