Rise of Bichotte to Brooklyn County chair is a strong step forward for the borough

REV.DR.KHLI C.MOOTOO | 1/30/2020, 3:30 p.m.
As African Americans crest the threshold of 400 years on the mainland of North America, we continually encounter new “never” ...
Rodneyse Bichotte

Looking at the Assemblywoman’s record more broadly, to say she is ready for the job of County Leader is an understatement. 

With degrees in mathematics, secondary education and three degrees in electrical engineering as well as an MBA, it could even be said that “never” has anyone been so qualified for the job. By lending leadership the successful campaigns of her colleagues, chairing the Subcommittee on Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs), sitting on Gov. Cuomo’s Advisory Council on Domestic Violence and Mayor de Blasio’s Advisory MWBE Council, as well as numerous Assembly committees, “never” has there been one more politically experienced. And with a Black Belt in Taekwondo, dare we say that there “never” has there been anyone quite as physically prepared for the rigors of leadership. 

Needless to say, this is an exciting step forward in that Brooklyn is taking us beyond “never” and into a brighter future. More so, as African American men, we take specific pride in lifting our African American sister and honoring her, and all women of color, who continue to achieve and excel beyond the race and gender barriers that attempt to contain them. And like so many great Black women before her, I am sure that one day we will testify: “There has never been a Brooklyn County leader quite like Rodneyse Bichotte.”  

Rev. Dr. Kahli C. Mootoo is VP & co-founder of The 400 Foundation.