#TeamPierre & #TeamBichotte in Mock Legislative Session
1. Josue Pierre debated the issues with Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte.
2. After a rigorous debate on my bill, titled "The Peoples Progressive Agenda", Assembly member Bichotte and I agreed on a version which we could all live with.
3. We whipped the votes needed to pass legislation, by getting the support of our fellow Assembly members.
4. Speaker Pierre called for a vote on legislation, which passed overwhelmingly.
5. Speaker Pierre took a call from the Governor to discuss his executive support for our legislation (Yes, I always look into cameras when I take a phone call. 😎)
6. After a long legislative session, 30 minutes, we closed out for the day. Speaker Pierre went for a drink (Crémas) with Assembly member Bichotte.
Why do they make it look so hard?
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A Few of The Events We Took Part in During Caucus
The guest speaker for this year's 46th Annual Scholarship Dinner Gala was Roland Martin
Our NYC Comptroller, Scott M. Stringer attended the 10th annual MWBE event
I attended a panel discussion on funding for our City (CUNY) and State (SUNY) public university systems.
Sen. Kevin Parker's Higher Education Panel Discussion - #SaveCUNY
As City University of New York (#CUNY) tuition fees continue to rise and the portion of State investment continues to decline, more money has to come out of students' pockets and they accumulate more debt.
This is a critical time to invest in higher #education for our communities. The state needs to provide the funds needed to prepare our students for the #jobs of the future.
It should be noted, these CUNY Colleges were once free. As more working-class whites and people of color started entering CUNY, State funding coincidentally went down. 🤔
Assemblymember Bichotte Hosted an MWBE Panel
High school students from Brooklyn visiting Albany
Haitian-American Community Members and their growing presence at Caucus
Belated Happy Birthday to Tessa Hackett-Vieira
A belated Happy Birthday to our friend and community activist Tessa Hackett-Vieira.
We enjoyed celebrating her 60th with her while in Albany.
We had some great Jamaican Food Courtesy of Assemblymember Nick Perry.
The party suite was packed, so #TeamPierre chilled in the hallway.
New York State Assembly Democrats are standing up against Trump Republicans.
Unfortunately, this bill may never make it to the New York State Senate for a vote, because it's controlled by Trump Republicans.
Friends, as citizens I ask you take a step on behalf of your neighbors. Use your voices, social media, and E-mails to let our neighbors know that they will not stand alone. Demand that our Democratic party members in the Senate stop playing politics as usual and get it together real quick to stand up against Trump and his Republican allies in Albany.
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This past Wednesday night, State Senator Kevin Parker, Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte, Council Member Jumaane Williams, and I, co-hosted an immigration forum in Flatbush to let local residents know that their elected leaders stand with them. The forum provided residents with vital information which will help them stay in our country, and eventually become tax paying citizens like you and me.
The room was filled to capacity. When asked how many people felt afraid for themselves or their neighbors, 90% of the people in the room had their hands raised. When asked by Council Member Jumaane Williams, at the end of the event, "How many people here feel better informed?" every hand went up. Council Member Williams then asked, "How many people still feel scared?", all those hands from before were raised again.
We thank Senator Kevin Parker, Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte, & our host Council Member Jumaane Williams. We appreciate the hard work of their respective staffs for organizing this "State of Immigration-State of Emergency forum"
As of January 20th, 2017, Donald J. Trump is the President of the United States. While I am a vigorous opponent of most of his agenda, policies, rhetoric, behavior (I’ll spare you the entire list) etc... it is important that we acknowledge and respect the office of the presidency itself. In doing so, we will be better able to hold President Trump to the standards which come with the office.
“With great power comes great responsibility.”
President Trump and the Republicans will essentially have a monopoly on federal government power. They will control the presidency, both houses of congress, and could possibly control the Supreme Court.
Should we give President Trump an opportunity to prove our worst fears and his worst rhetoric wrong? Yes! Let's give him the benefit of the doubt. The responsibility is on him to prove us wrong. I'd prefer to be wrong.
I will say this “When someone shows you who they are, believe them.” Many Statements were made by Donald Trump during his campaign, which were outrageous, and at the very least questionable. The same can be said about his cabinet picks. We will not turn a blind eye to his words or his cabinet appointments.
Vigilance, keeping careful watch for signs of danger, is one of our many responsibilities as citizens. Your rights, and those of your family, friends, and community members matter. We must defend all of our rights. If at any point you feel that you or your community is under threat, know that your leaders including myself, will lend our voices to your cause and stand with you in defense of those rights.
I wish our new President, success in carrying out his responsibilities and duties. If he is successful, it will be to the benefit of us all. I hope you and I will remain vocal in pushing the new president and our government in Washington DC, in the right direction.
God bless us all.
Josue (Josh) Pierre
Democratic State Committeeman
District Leader - 42nd AD NYS
On Nov. 29, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams hosted a town hall meeting with District Leader Josue Pierre, East Flatbush Village, Radio Soleil, and Life of Hope at P.S. 181. Constituents and interested members of the public learned about city initiatives and raised issues of concern to Council Member Williams and representatives from various City agencies.
"My office continues to put together town halls as often as possible because we know how valuable they are for constituents. They are great forums to share information to community members who may not be aware of the programs and resources available to them", said Council Member Williams. "Thank you to Principal Victor Esannason for allowing us to host this event at P.S. 181, and to our co-sponsors and agency representatives for participating in our town hall."
"It is leadership of this type that makes Council Member Jumaane Williams relevant," said Ricot Dupuy of Radio Soleil. "We are proud to have supported this town hall."
"East Flatbush Village, Inc. is proud that NYC Council Member Jumaane D. Williams is always at the forefront, taking a proactive approach when it comes to our community. These town hall meetings give the community an opportunity to learn about city initiatives, voice our concerns to Council Member Williams and the representatives from the city agencies," said Monique Waterman, founder of East Flatbush Village. "It is always empowering to me when our community has the opportunity to have a voice on how they are affected. As a community, we need to take advantages of these opportunities as they are not always afforded to us. Once again I thank Council Member Williams and his office and those who came out to support this valuable event."
- Department of Buildings
- Department of Consumer Affairs
- Department of Education
- Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- Department of Homeless Services
- Department of Sanitation
- Department of Transportation
- Fire Department
- Human Resources Administration
- Human Rights Commission
- Housing Preservation Development
Brooklyn, NY: Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte, and District Leader for the 42nd Assembly District, Josue Pierre, released the following statement in regards to Hurricane Matthew that made land fall in Haiti Tuesday morning. The hurricane, which has been downgraded from a Category 4 storm, to a Category 3, is making its way to the Bahamas and Florida.
STATEMENT BY: Council Member Williams, Assemblywoman Bichotte and District Leader Pierre
"We offer our deepest prayers and sympathy to the victims and all those affected by Hurricane Matthew, particularly in Haiti, which was one of the hardest hit locations. We are working closely with local Haitian organizations to identify needs and provide support to those impacted by the hurricane.
"Those wishing to donate items can drop off supplies at the following locations:
Brooklyn, NY 11210
1894 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
1783 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11210
"For those with family and friends in Haiti, a hurricane relief / evacuation center has been opened at HAC-Haiti's community center in Croix De Bouquets. The contact information is listed below:
#64 Rue Double Harvest
Croix De Bouquets, Haiti
HAC-Haiti Country Director
"As Haiti, and rest of the Caribbean including Jamaica, the Bahamas and Cuba, assesses the damage, and prepares to recover from the aftermath of the hurricane, our offices andCouncil District 45 and Assembly District 42 organizations stand ready to assist and provide support."
Article from Ditmas Park Corner
by CARLY MILLER
To prepare for tomorrow’s primary election, DPC talked with the incumbent Democratic State Committeeman (aka Male District Leader) Josue (aka Josh) Pierre of the 42nd Assembly District; the district represented by Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte and covers parts of Ditmas Park, Flatbush, East Flatbush and Midwood.
“I’ve been interested in politics since I was a kid, and I’m a history buff and followed international politics,” Pierre said. “I was one of those people that could point out any country on a map.”
But his passion for local politics burgeoned in 2010, when he took the position as (now Assembly Member) Rodneyse Bichotte’s campaign manager. “I realized that all of that stuff means nothing if you’re not engaged on a local level,” he said. “That’s when I saw the local political infrastructure, and all the potential as well as the failure of that infrastructure.”
Pierre is an intelligent, articulate, Haitian-American Democrat who grew up in Flatbush. With a degree in accounting, Pierre works as a financial analyst and economic developer. He is also the chairman of the 42nd Assembly District Democratic State Committee and a founding member of the Shirley Chisholm Democratic Club. In 2012, he ran against Ed Powell for Male District Leader — and although Powell won the position — both men developed a good working relationship. When Powell retired last month, he nominated Pierre as his replacement and was unanimously voted in as the new District Leader.
Though his background is diverse and his education extensive, Pierre told us that he’s always been a Democrat at heart.
“I’m a liberal, progressive, yet very pragmatic democrat. One of the traits that separates the Democratic party is the idea of empathy. I don’t have to be white, black, Jewish or any particular sexual orientation to understand their struggle. At the DNC you see a broader more diverse America, whereas in the Republican party you see America’s past power structure fading away,” Pierre said.
Read more Q & A with District Leader Pierre here
Today is the day to remember the many innocent Americans that unexpectedly lost their lives fifteen years ago. Today is the day that we share in the grief and pain of so many families that have struggled with the loss of their precious family members. Today is the day that we all honor the amazingly brave fire fighters, police officers, & first responders that immediately leaped into action, without knowing the unprecedented danger that lay ahead. Today is September 11, 2016. Today, not only do we remember the many lives that were lost on September 11, 2001, today we also admire the strength, resilience, and triumph of New York & New Yorkers. We hope that you take a moment today to remember those we have lost, while appreciating how we have responded to the tragic events of 9/11 with courage and dignity which is a sign of the tremendous personal strength that New Yorkers and Americans holds within each of us.