Caribbean pols pay special tribute to mothers

Council Member Mercedes Narcisse (center) with her children.
Photo courtesy Narcisse family

Caribbean legislators on Mother’s Day, Sunday, paid special tributes to mothers, noting their extraordinary roles.

“As we celebrate Mother’s Day, we pay tribute to the incredible strength, dedication and love exhibited by all mothers,” New York City Council Member Mercedes Narcisse told Caribbean life. “The role of a mother in the Caribbean-American community is one of profound influence and cultural preservation.

“Mothers not only carry the responsibility of nurturing families but also help preserve and promote the rich traditions and vibrant cultures of our islands,” added the Haitian-born representative for the 46th Council District in Brooklyn. “They serve as the bedrock of our communities, offering wisdom and guidance that shape future generations.

“To every mother who balances the demands of work, family and community with unparalleled grace and resilience, please know that your hard work and sacrifices do not go unnoticed,” continued Narcisse, a registered nurse by training. “We recognize and admire the countless roles you play — teacher, doctor, confidant and leader, always ensuring the well-being of those around you while often putting your own needs aside.

“Wishing you a day filled with love, joy, and the pampering you so richly deserve,” she said. “You are the heart of our families and the soul of our neighborhoods. Happy Mother’s Day to you all, the cherished matriarchs of our Caribbean-American community. May this day bring you the same happiness and warmth you generously spread throughout the year.”

New York State Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte-Hermelyn.
New York State Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte-Hermelyn.
Photo courtesy Office of New York State Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte-Hermelyn

Brooklyn Democratic Party Chair, Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, said: “Mother’s Day is an incredibly special and significant day that represents love and devotion.

“Today, we reaffirm our recognition and appreciation of the nurturing women in our lives, who have cultivated our growth and guided us to flourish through their selfless devotion,” said the Haitian-American representative for the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn.

“Every day we recognize and honor our mothers and mother-figures,” she added. “But, on Mother’s Day, we magnify this with pride in the incredible contributions mothers have made in our lives and throughout the world.

“May this day bring you and your beloved nurturers peace and happiness!” Bichotte Hermelyn continued.

Council Member Monique Chandler-Waterman.
Council Member Monique Chandler-Waterman. Monique Chandler-WatermanPhoto courtesy Office of Council Member

Assembly Member Monique Chandler-Waterman, the daughter of Barbadian and Jamaican immigrants, extended “Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful moms and those who are mother figures.

“I appreciate you all and all you have as the backbone of our communities and families,” said the representative for the 58th Assembly District in Brooklyn.

“As we celebrate our mothers, we recognize that we need to continue to advocate for resources and services when it comes to maternal health, mental health support, and wrap-around services to support our Black and Brown women and families,” she added.