This weekend, New York City erupted in celebration as we turned a new page in our country’s history, but there is still work to be done.
Brooklyn Democratic Party Chair, Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte, said, “The soul of the nation can rest easier, but our work is not over. Today, we must transition our enthusiasm and support into counting votes in two critical races in southern Brooklyn for state Sen. Andrew Gounardes (SD-22) and Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus (AD-46). We are confident that once all the votes are counted, our Democratic candidates will emerge victorious.”
The Brooklyn Democratic Party, together with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), has assembled a robust team of volunteers, including members of political clubs and specialized election attorneys, to help count votes in the two races in southern Brooklyn.
In Sen. Gounardes’ race, tens of thousands of mail-in ballots have not been counted, processed or received. The New York City Board of Elections will begin counting mail-in ballots this week.
"There are over 19,000 votes yet to be counted in my district, and I will ensure that every vote is counted," said Sen. Gounardes. "I thank the Brooklyn Democratic Party for their support, and look forward to getting this important process underway as soon as possible.”
The 22nd Senatorial District, which includes Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Gravesend, Marine Park and Gerritsen Beach, is severely gerrymandered. Despite the configuration of the district, the people brought an end to two decades of Republican leadership there in 2018 when they declared Gounardes the winner of that election, in what was also a hard-fought race.
“The people of the 22nd District have stood up before to demand leadership that reflects their values, and that is what we will see again, once all the votes are counted,” said Bichotte.
“The people will decide the outcome of the election,” said Assemblymember Frontus. “Fortunately, our state Legislature provided New Yorkers with options to safely exercise their right to vote and I am grateful to those who are marshaling volunteers to help count those votes this week.”
In the 46th Assembly District, over 16,000 absentee ballots were requested. Democrats requested the great majority.