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Rodneyse Bichotte-Hermelyn speaks during a co-naming ceremony for the Newkirk Avenue-Little Haiti subway station, in November 2021. (Photo by Sam Bojarski)

BROOKLYN – During 2022, District 42 Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte-Hermelyn said she will fight to double discretionary spending in the state’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises Program (MWBE) to $1 million, while also championing legislation for cameras on subway platforms and protections against racially motivated claims to law enforcement. 

“At the most basic level that’s what government is about, helping people,” said Bichotte-Hermelyn, speaking during her annual State of the District virtual event, broadcast on YouTube and Facebook.

District 42 encompasses portions of Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood and Ditmas Park, containing the Little Haiti district. It largely serves as the cultural center of New York’s Haitian community. Bichotte-Hermelyn has represented the district since 2015 and chairs the Brooklyn Democratic Party

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at or on Twitter @sambojarski.