Rodneyse Bichotte: ‘Queen Maker’ of Brooklyn?

Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte, City Council member-elect Farah Louis and Male Democratic District Leader Josue Pierre on the night of the May 14 special election. (Photo by Kelly Mena via Kings County Politics)

Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte has scored back-to-back wins in two recent special elections with her support of Jumaane Williams and Farah Louis, who succeeded in winning the positions of public advocate and City Council member, respectively.

“The Haitian lawmaker has both times brought out droves of voters, most remarkably she has been able to make a strong alliance with the Orthodox Jewish community, making for a Haitian-Jewish voting bloc with significant influence to decide elections,” write Stephen Witt and Kelly Mena in Kings County Politics.

“Look I’m the type of person that if I support a candidate, I am going to go all the way. And when I go all the way, it means to win. So if they say I am a queen maker they can,” said Bichotte.

In speaking about Louis’ victory in the May 14 special election, Bichotte emphasized that the win came thanks to voters from different backgrounds.

“It wasn’t just Haitians who voted for us. The Haitian community is obviously very happy to have another voice but they know that that voice is not only going to be the Haitian voice. It’s a voice that is going to represent all. But you know they are happy that that voice can speak Creole,” Bichotte said giddily.

Go to Kings County Politics to see the close political ties she shares with other Brooklyn leaders and find out which other Haitian-American official is “worth keeping in mind, but who is both under the radar and often underestimated.”

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