News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 10, 2019: Several Caribbean-born and Caribbean roots New Yorkers are among the Democratic candidates vying to replace Jumaane Williams on the New York City Council.
Williams, son of Grenadian immigrants, was recently elected public advocate of New York City, leaving his city on the City Council now vacant. A special election to fill his 45th councilmatic seat is set for May 14th.
Among those in the race are:
Jamaican-born L. Rickie Tulloch, a senior director at NYC Health and Hospital, Office of Facilities Development. His top three issues are: creating and preserving affordable housing; improving schools and employment opportunities and advocating for criminal justice reform.
Trinidad and Tobago-born Anthony Alexis, who is also listed as unemployed. His top three issues are: creating a rental voucher; eliminating Tax Lein Sales and jobs and Job Training Programs.
Victor Jordan, a Guyana-born economist, says his top three issues are to Protect community residents from displacement, formulate plan to stop foreclosures and employment, housing and equitable school resources.
Haitian American Farah Louis, who is currently unemployed but was Williams’ former deputy chief-of-staff and budget director. Her top issues are: preserving and expanding affordable housing, investing in education and supporting economic development and jobs.
Monique Chandler-Waterman, the daughter of Jamaican and Barbadian immigrants, also lists no occupation at the moment but the former non-profit director’s top three issues are affordable housing, education and public safety.
Jovia Radix, an attorney, is the daughter of Barbadian and Grenadian immigrants and is also Brooklyn Regional Director for NYS Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Her top three issues are: affordable housing, better public schools and improving the quality of life.
Xamayla Rose, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, is currently Managing Director, Policy & Advocacy, CRCEC and former Policy Analyst, Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Her top issues identified are fighting for affordable neighbourhoods; quality education for children in the district and supporting immigrant communities.
The 45th district encompasses East Flatbush, Flatbush, Flatlands, Marine Park and Midwood. More than 188,000 people live in the district, of which about 61 percent are either Caribbean Americans or African Americans.