City Councilmember Antonio Reynoso, who represents the 34th District including Bushwick, Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Ridgewood, officially announced on Tuesday his bid to run for Brooklyn Borough President.
“I know we can use the Borough President’s office to create a fairer Brooklyn for all of us by giving the power to the people,” said Reynoso. “Brooklyn knows what Brooklyn needs. I want to hear from you because together, we are the Brooklyn that is unstoppable. I believe you always do good by breaking up power and giving it back to the people.”
Reynoso presented a comprehensive platform on which he will base his campaign. Among his priorities, he named housing affordability, small businesses development, education, environmental justice, transportation and criminal justice reform. He also pledged to not accept money from real estate developers.
Born and raised in Williamsburg by Dominican immigrants, Reynoso has been leading his district since 2014. Prior to being elected to the City Council, he worked as a community organizer for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and as the chief of staff for former City Councilmember Diana Reyna, whom he succeeded after his successful election bid in 2013. Throughout his tenure, he has touted strong progressive policies to address issues like affordable housing, economic development, environmental justice, education, job creation and public safety.
He currently chairs the City Council Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management and is a co-chair of the Council’s Progressive Caucus. He is also is a member of the Committee on General Welfare, the Committee on Land Use, the Committee on Transportation and the Committee on Hospitals.
“My borough president’s office will be community-centric and people-driven,” he said. ”Who I am today is because of where I came from, and it would be a tremendous honor to lead the borough that raised me. As an organizer, public servant and councilmember, I’ve empowered our teachers and students, our seniors, renters, small business owners and our working families. Together, we can create a future for Brooklyn that our future generations deserve.”
The incumbent Borough President Eric Adams will be reaching his term limit in 2021. Borough presidents are currently elected by popular vote to four-year terms and can serve two consecutive terms.
The general election will take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. A primary date has not been set yet.
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