Press Conference To Fill Empty East Brooklyn Assembly & Senate Seats
On Tuesday, February 4th, Council Member, Inez Barron will have a press conference at 12:30 pm on the steps of City Hall. The press conference will focus on Governor Andrew Cuomo calling special elections for the New York State Assembly and New York State Senate.
Barron states in her personal statement, “Gov. Cuomo is single-handedly denying representation to 6 downstate communities of black and Latino residents by not allowing for their vacant Assembly and Senate seats to be filled. These black and Latino communities do not have a seat at the table or a voice in the current budget and legislative negotiations,” said Barron.
She also argued “While our communities are facing drastic cuts to health care; while the State government has not abided by the financial settlements due to New York City regarding the Campaign for Fiscal Equity; while Black and Latino children are denied their fair share of state funds, Gov. Cuomo has decided to impose taxes on 11 communities, without the benefit of representation. Additionally city and state residents are not receiving services at their local district offices to address issues concerning state agencies.”
Former Council Member, Charles Barron expressed his views about the elections and how essential it is to have representation in these parts of Brooklyn.
“This is an important issue. We need to address this issue and have special elections because six of those districts are predominantly Black and Latino. We can’t just sit around and wait for Cuomo and wait until September,” said Charles Barron. ” In that case we have to run again in November and you’re not seated until January 2015 so it’s almost a year without representation.”