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Yvette Clarke

The United States Presidential Elections remains on a cliffhanger with Democratic candidate Joe Biden narrowing the path to victory over incumbent Republican President Donald J. Trump. However, Caribbean American legislators are already celebrating Democratic Party successes in key state elections.

New York State Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte said: “We worked hard to keep Brooklyn blue this year, and I am proud to congratulate all our local Democratic winners today.”

Bichotte, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, heads the Brooklyn Democratic Party, in a message to constituents Wednesday night she said: “I thank all our field operatives, staff and poll workers who make our democracy possible.

“In New York, it will take a week or more for absentee ballots to be tabulated, but it is clear that our state and our county are overwhelmingly blue,” added Bichotte, who represents the predominantly Caribbean 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn. We must remain patient.

“Although the wait is stressful, Brooklyn must remain engaged and united.”

Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants won re-election by a landslide over her Haitian American Republican challenger Constantin Jean-Pierre, expressed gratitude to supporters.

“This victory is as much yours as it is mine. I will continue to represent your best interests in Congress and will continue to work to create a better Brooklyn and a better America for all,” she said.

New York State Jamaican-born Assemblyman N. Nick Perry said while he was “stunned and amazed at what has transpired across our state and the country since voting started about two weeks ago, I feel a sense of relief, as the final results come in.

“And with it brings a message of assurance that America’s democracy has survived Donald Trump,” said Perry, representative for the 58th Assembly District, who ran unopposed in Tuesday’s general elections.

“It is an exhilarating feeling.”