District Leader Josue Pierre Looks for Another Win

Josue Pierre at the 51st West Indian American Day Parade. (Photo from Josue Pierre/Facebook via The Haitian Times)

Ahead of the Sept. 13 primaries, The Haitian Times‘ Jonathan Greig takes a look at how Haiti-born Josue Pierre, the male district leader of the 42nd Assembly District (Ditmas Park, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Midwood) up for re-election, has worked to increase political engagement among Haitians in the two years since he first won the seat.

Pierre, along with Assemblywoman and female district leader Rodneyse Bichotte, “has been able to consolidate political influence in the area and give local residents a platform to voice concerns about pressing issues like immigration, housing and jobs.”

He releases a monthly email for job opportunities and housing openings that local residents can sign up for all while canvassing and building coalitions with other party officials. He’s tried to become a resource for some of the 5,200 Haitians in New York City that will be affected by the Trump administration’s decision to terminate their temporary protected status on July 22, 2019. This will force thousands of families to make unconscionable decisions about whether to take American-born children and family members back to Haiti with them or leave them behind.

“People may have had a limited view of [the district leader position], but I have worked to maximize its potential and use it to effect change. Based on the work I have done here, my constituency and voters will see that he came in, and did more with what he had. If I can do this much with a position like this, I hope they could imagine any legislative position where I would have a budget, and be able to pass legislation. I hope to be their voice,” Pierre told the Haitian Times in an interview.

Pierre has also established an “Opportunity for All” agenda in which he strives to unite different communities under the notion that everyone faces more or less the same issues: “Everyone is concerned about housing, education and well paid jobs,” he said.

The incumbent faces Victor Jordan, a professor, economist and political operative, and Chidi Eze, a civil rights lawyer, on Sept. 13.

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