Farah Louis Looks to Succeed Jumaane Williams

Farah Louis, a candidate for the 45th District City Council, served as deputy chief of staff under Jumaane Williams. (Photo by Tsubasa Berg via Kings County Politics)

Farah Louis, who started out as a journalist, became a community organizer and worked as deputy chief of staff to Jumaane Williams for more than five years, is one of many hopefuls running to succeed him as Council member for the 45th district in Brooklyn, now that Williams has become public advocate. Kelly Mena of Kings County Politics speaks with Louis, who talked about her strong attachment to the district and highlighted housing and affordability as the top issue facing the area.

“I live on Flatbush, my church is on Flatbush, my favorite restaurant is on Flatbush. I shop on Flatbush. This is my neighborhood,” said Louis, noting how the 45th Council District, which includes East Flatbush, Flatbush, Flatlands, Marine Park, and Midwood, has always been her home turf.

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“There is a mass exodus of folks exiting the district because of lack of housing, a lack of opportunities for individuals to get affordable housing and those who can afford to own are losing their property to the increase in property taxes,” said Louis.

However, Louis believes the best way to curb this issue is community outreach and education. Currently, there are close to 5,000 vacant housing units, with a 1.6% rate of homeowner vacancy and a 4.4 percent rate of rental vacancy, according to NYC Department of City Planning.

Louis, who is Haitian-American, has strong support from Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte (D – Ditmas Park, Flatbush). But Louis stresses that many different Caribbean-Americans are in the district, including residents from Trinidad, Jamaica, Antigua and Grenada. Go to Kings County Politics to read what Louis had to say about the debate over the competing “Little Haiti” and “Little Caribbean” designations, and who she blames for fanning the controversy.

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