Black politicians sweep Brooklyn elections

Nayaba Arinde | 11/7/2013, 10:22 a.m.
Ken Thompson Photo by Lem Peterkin

Preparing to leave for Puerto Rico for an annual conference, he later told supporters, “We did it again. I am honored and humbled to serve you as Brooklyn’s next district attorney. We took on an improbable task and made history once again last night. I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart. As part of our incredibly broad, diverse coalition of supporters, you knocked on doors, made phone calls, talked to friends and family and joined forces to move forward our progressive agenda. And it paid off.

Now the work begins to root out crime and corruption wherever it exists, prevent wrongful convictions and end stop-and-frisk abuses. Together, we are going to usher in a new day in Brooklyn where equal justice prevails. And I could not be more proud to serve as your lawyer.”

Retired Brooklyn police captain, state Sen. Eric Adams had a smooth 90.82 percent win. As he prepares to journey to the Ivory Coast with a U.S. delegation, he told the AmNews,“I am excited for Brooklyn, for the opportunity to lead a borough of 2.6 million people, 47 percent of whom speak a language other than English at home. Brooklyn is truly the diversity capital of the city, and it is my goal to bring all the people our brand and that prosperity to all Brooklynites.”

Public Advocate-elect James coasted to an 84 percent victory. Promising to immediately buckle down and hear the people at town hall meetings to find out what their immediate concerns are, James told the AmNews, “I am honored and privileged to have made history and to let little girls—particularly of color—that they can reach for the stars and dream big, and for all women to know that we can remove all barriers.” She said she will be advocating publicly against the scourge of poverty in the city, “creating more affordable housing that is truly affordable and providing wages that can truly sustain families and having an educational system that is not unequal and has one standard for all children.”

After a testy primary, Brooklyn District Leader Cornegy won his race, taking over for elder statesman Vann with 87 percent of the vote. “I am extremely happy that 18,000 people let their voices be heard; it was a record turnout for District 36. It was rough and tough because we didn’t know what our opponent had in terms of [outside] money spent. It was never easy, but we are ready to go to work. I am at work now, and the main reason is because I want to make sure that before I am sworn, I am aware of all the money allocations that are due to come to the district.”

And to round off the whole Brooklyn victory lap, the lead runner is Council Member-elect Inez Barron, who won a crowded Sept. 10 primary race to replace Charles Barron in his East New York District 42 City Council seat.