Brooklyn Dem Party Boss and Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn is adding yet another title to her ever-growing list of duties: She was appointed to serve as majority whip of the Democratic-controlled New York State Assembly last week.

“Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn has been a voice for her constituents in Brooklyn and has fought to make our state a better place to live and raise a family,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. “I know she will bring that dedication to her new role, and I look forward to having her serve on my leadership team as majority whip.”

A whip essentially keeps the political party disciplined in the legislature, making sure everyone votes according to agreed-upon stances as opposed to their own ideologies. 

“I’m honored to be entrusted by the speaker to assume this position,” said Bichotte Hermelyn. “Given that I’ve been a legislator for eight years, I’ve built a relationship with a lot of the legislators and my goal is to make sure that we unify.”

She aims to help new members navigate the legislative process and present a united front on issues like economic development, housing, health, maternal care, education, criminal justice, safety and voting rights.

“As we see changing times as it relates to our voting rights being compromised, gun safety laws being copromised, pro choice and abortion rights being compromised—we have a lot of work to do in making sure those rights are still in place,” said Bichotte Hermelyn.

Bichotte Hermelyn currently represents the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn, covering Ditmas Park, Flatbush, East Flatbush and Midwood. She chairs the Subcommittee on Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) and the task force on Women’s Issues.

The law student and new mom said she’s busy kicking off the legislative session and classes in Albany this week with her bundle of joy close by, thanks to adapted childcare rules and her husband. 

“It’s opening session day and the baby’s with me. The good thing is that Carl Heastie incorporated childcare for the legislators, which is great and that allows us to bring our babies with us. I’m really excited about that,” said Bichotte Hermelyn. 
Ariama C. Long is a Report for America corps member and writes about politics for the Amsterdam News. Your donation to match our RFA grant helps keep her writing stories like this one; please consider making a tax-deductible gift of any amount today by visiting https://bit.ly/amnews1.

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