Antonio Reynoso announces run for Brooklyn Borough President
Brooklyn Councilmember Antonio Reynoso announced on Monday morning that he is running for Brooklyn borough president in a fundraising email sent out to supporters.
“I have some exciting news, and I wanted you to hear it from me: I’m running for Brooklyn Borough President!” he wrote.
Reynoso, who represents Williamsburg, Bushwick and Ridgewood, had not filed with the Board of Elections as of May 28.
Only Councilmember Robert Cornegy, Jr. (who represents Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights) and Lamor Whitehead-Miller, a Crown Heights-based preacher and activist, have filed for the 2021 Brooklyn borough president run, according to the New York City Campaign Finance Board.
“Fighting for North Brooklyn’s working families as a member of the City Council for the last six years has been an incredible privilege, but there’s still so much more work ahead of us,” Reynoso wrote. “We need to do more to protect affordability and equity in our borough.
“We need to continue to push for transparency from the NYPD and a justice system that does not criminalize poverty or any skin tone. And we need to ensure that our children have access to a high-quality and well-rounded education.”
Kristina Naplatarski, communications liaison for Reynoso, said his legislative office cannot take any inquires relating to his political campaign. She added that the contact information for his campaign has not yet been set up.
“There’s a total firewall between our office and his political campaign,” Naplatarski said. “We don’t handle any of that.”
Eric Adams, the current borough president, is widely believed to be running for mayor in 2021. He hasn’t declared his candidacy officially, but he already has a fundraising website that says “imagine what he will embark upon in 2021.”
Reynoso’s first fundraising campaign will be at Freehold in Williamsburg on June 18 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
“I am so excited about the opportunity to contribute and make Brooklyn a better place for my son and for all our borough’s kids,” Reynoso wrote in the email.
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