Jewish Community Leaders Welcome New Leader Of Kings County Democratic Party

Photo: Shimon Gifter 02.20.2020

Brooklyn, NY    Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte has been chosen to serve as the new Chair of the Brooklyn Democratic Party. She becomes the first woman to hold the position, as well as the first African-American woman to lead a county party in New York City.

Bichotte replaces Frank Seddio, who recently retired. Seddio served as chairman for seven years. During that time, in the view of many, the group’s financial strength was poor.

On Friday, February 21 Mark Meyer Appel the founder of The Bridge Multicultural Center hosted an event for Jewish community leaders of Brooklyn Jewish  Community Councils. In attendance were Shea Rubenstein of the Marine Park JCC, Rabbi Avrohm Hecht and Gil Cygler of the Canarsie JCC, Rabbi Weiner of the Coney island JCC Josh Mehlman of the Flatbush Jewish Coalition, Eli Slavin- a crown heights leader and liaison to Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Motti Katz of Shomrim, Michael Melnick, Boris Noble- Community leader, Rabbi Shlomo Segel of Kehilat Moshe, Councilman Chaim Deutsch, as well as other honored guests.

Bichotte was elected to serve the communities of Flatbush, East Flatbush, Ditmas Park, and Midwood in the State Assembly since 2015.

One of the most diverse communities in Brooklyn. “My goal is to ensure that our diverse party remains the most inclusive in the city and in the country,” Bichotte told the gathered leaders, “The Democratic Party is a party of working people, and we will be the party of working people from every corner of the borough.” and where no community will be left behind.

Bichotte was born and raised in Brooklyn and is the first Engineer elected to the New York State Legislature. She has served as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) and serves on the following committees: Banks; Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce & Industry; Governmental Operations; Health; Higher Education; and Housing.

Introducing the new leader Assemblymember Bichotte,  Mark Meyer Appel noted: “She has demonstrated time and again that she is a natural unifier and through her important role in the New York State assembly she has worked towards constantly improving neighborhood and community relations. Ms. Bichotte has been particularly effective in helping to bring together both African-American and Jewish communities throughout the borough and she labors diligently to vanquish bigotry and intolerance of all stripes.”
During her time in the Assembly, Bichotte has introduced over 100 pieces of Legislation, 9 of which became law, and she co-sponsored over 250 others.
As the Chair of the MWBE Subcommittee, she was instrumental in the law she co-authored for the re-authorization of Article 15-A, which extends and provides a more robust NYS MWBE Program (A8414 – 2019), as well as the law for the expansion of the NYC MWBE Program (A8407 – 2019) as well as a strong supporter of the newly enacted CHILD VICTIMS ACT.



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