Who’s Running For Brooklyn Borough President?


The race for Brooklyn Borough President is by far essentially the most aggressive of the boroughs, with 13 Democratic candidates having opened marketing campaign committees, essentially the most in any present BP race. The present BP, Eric Adams, is term-limited and now working for mayor.

A borough president’s powers are considerably restricted, although they do management a number of the metropolis’s pursestrings (accessible numbers present the Brooklyn BP has simply over $100 million in capital funding to allocate yearly), can introduce laws, appoint neighborhood board members, and make zoning suggestions. It’s a task that takes them throughout Brooklyn, utilizing their taxpayer-funded place to shine a highlight on the borough’s highs and lows.

Thus far 13 Democratic candidates have emerged for the June twenty second main. Right here they’re:

Robert E. Cornegy Jr.

The 6′ 10″ councilmember representing Brooklyn’s thirty sixth District at the moment stands above his rivals, elevating $249,640 in marketing campaign contributions, essentially the most than any candidate to date. (Regardless of this, Cornegy nonetheless doesn’t qualify for the Marketing campaign Finance Board’s 8-to-1 matching funds program.) Cornegy seeks to undertake a “holistic strategy” to fixing the borough’s urgent points, together with the approval of extra reasonably priced housing for all revenue ranges, a tailor-made training primarily based on a toddler’s studying means, and rolling out the welcome mat for extra small companies.

Kimberly Council

Framing her candidacy round decreasing financial disparity, Kimberly Council has devoted her skilled profession to build up Brooklyn’s reasonably priced housing inventory as govt director of the east Brooklyn-based nonprofit Berean Neighborhood and Household Life Middle. On her marketing campaign web site, Council’s agenda as BP consists of funding neighborhood facilities, preventing to make CUNY colleges extra reasonably priced, and requiring NYPD officers to reside in New York Metropolis. If elected to the seat, Council is not going to solely be the primary girl elected to the Brooklyn borough presidency, however the first Black girl to carry the seat within the Brooklyn.

Khari Edwards

A neighborhood organizer whose wheelhouse consists of bettering healthcare and fixing workforce growth disparities, Khari Edwards has by no means held public workplace but instructions a large chunk of marketing campaign money, elevating $144,942. The born-and-bred Brooklynite appears to be like to prioritize options for healthcare inequities by earmarking capital monies to hospitals, incentivize partnerships between Brooklyn companies, and advocate for a tailor-made Space Median Revenue that solely considers salaries from these in Brooklyn.

Robert Elstein

Robert Elstein’s imaginative and prescient for Brooklyn appears to be like to carve out extra enter from Brooklynites. He goals to finish mayoral management of colleges, create a local weather change plan not only for Brooklyn however NYC, activate a “kindness initiative,” and pique Brooklyn’s curiosity for the humanities by strengthening cultural establishments. A liberal arts trainer at a public highschool in Brooklyn, Elstein’s name to enter the race got here shortly after fellow Brooklynite, Mayor Invoice de Blasio, reopened colleges, which he thought-about a poor resolution.

Rafael Espinal Jr.

Although he is stored his marketing campaign committee open, there aren’t any indications that Espinal is actively working for the seat of borough president. Ought to he formally re-enter the race, Espinal—at the moment the chief director of the Freelancers Union—can have prompt identify recognition in a borough the place he presided as Councilmember for the thirty seventh District. Till then, Espinal has $13,750 in marketing campaign funds ready for him.

Mathieu Eugene

The Metropolis Council’s first Haitian elected to the physique hopes to take his dozen-year legislative expertise to Brooklyn Borough Corridor.Councilmember Mathieu Eugene, a.ok.a. the “Haitian Sensation,” is term-limited after presiding over the fortieth District for 12 years with nary a significant victory to assert within the council. With no marketing campaign web site underscoring his concepts, Eugene’s platform is unclear, although on the council web site Eugene maintains he is pushed on a variety of points that embody smaller class sizes, improved entry to healthcare, neighborhood preservation, and improve the probabilities in acquiring reasonably priced housing.

Pearlene Fields

Disillusioned by the crop of lawmakers representing Brooklyn, Pearlene Fields is hoping her expertise serving on Brooklyn’s Neighborhood Board 17 takes her to borough corridor. Fields appears to be like to advocate for two-year commerce apprenticeships at public colleges, a small enterprise incubator, and bettering Brooklyn’s infrastructure proper right down to road indicators.

Anthony Jones

A district chief for the fifty fifth Meeting District, Anthony Jones is not any stranger to the borough’s political institution, having unsuccessfully ran for Meeting in 2014. With the pandemic devastating the borough, Jones seeks to strengthen the provision at meals banks and decrease property taxes, whereas maintaining a tally of serving to to vary zoning legal guidelines and having unlawful weapons taken off the streets.

Shanduke McPhatter

Coming into the borough president’s race below a cloud of controversy, Shanduke McPhatter has turn out to be a outstanding violence interrupter whose group is essentially funded by town. McPhatter informed the Day by day Information that his platform facilities on neighborhood security for a borough the place shootings had climbed final 12 months. As he’s on the marketing campaign path, McPhatter, the founder and CEO of Gangstas Making Astronomical Neighborhood Modifications, will seemingly must reply questions on accusations he threatened to have his neighbor killed final 12 months.

Robert Ramos Jr.

The previous president of DC37 Native 205 Daycare Staff Union, Robert Ramos Jr. is asking for an growth of neighborhood land trusts, retrofitting NYCHA complexes with photo voltaic power panels, and customizing the Space Median Revenue of an reasonably priced housing property in response to the present neighborhood’s revenue.

Antonio Reynoso

He could also be brief on marketing campaign funds when in comparison with his rivals, however Brooklyn councilmember Antonio Reynoso of the thirty fourth District —credited for overhauling the industrial waste business by way of a groundbreaking invoice—has offset that with sufficient high-profile endorsements from the Working Households Social gathering and Make The Highway New York. Alternate options to policing, eviction protections, and eco-friendly initiatives reminiscent of extra photo voltaic panel roofs are atop Reynoso’s agenda.

Jo Anne Simon

Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon is seeking to commerce the commute to Albany for a four-year time period in her residence borough. On her web site, Simon—who can be the primary feminine Brooklyn BP—lists earlier accomplishments that embody prison justice reform, commissioning site visitors research, and bringing down instructional limitations for college students. Simon’s fundraising to date trails councilmember Robert Cornegy Jr. by just some thousand {dollars}.

Lamor Whitehead-Miller

A bishop with the Leaders of Tomorrow Worldwide Church buildings in Carnarsie, Lamor Whitehead-Miller goals to convey his model for advocacy to the borough presidency by addressing home, youth, and police violence, in response to his marketing campaign web site. Whereas the opposite candidates have a small social media presence, Whitehead-Miller has a big following, with 233,000 followers. However he nonetheless lags in fundraising, with simply $22,000 within the marketing campaign kitty.