CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Nov. 4, 2009: A second generation Caribbean national is set to take the reins of Brooklyn`s 45th councilmatic seat from Vincentian national Kendall Stewart.
Jumaane Williams, a former community organizer turned politician, won the seat by a landslide last night as general elections were held across the state and the country.
Williams, who suffers from tourette syndrome, beat Stewart again by securing 78 percent of the vote to Stewart`s 17 percent. Williams secured the chance to run on the Democratic line by beating Stewart, bugged down by scandal regarding his chief of staff and his support of Mayor Bloomberg`s plan to extend term limits, in September.
But Stewart persisted in facing Williams again, running on the Independent Party ticket, only to face another loss.
Williams insists he `has spent his entire academic career studying how to solve the problems in the 45th` and worked with community groups in Flatbush and Canarsie. He has a Bachelor`s Degree and Masters Degree from Brooklyn College in Urban Policy and Administration. Williams was also housing director for the Flatbush Development Corporation and executive director of the NYS Tenants & Neighbors, a state-wide organization that fights for tenants` rights and affordable housing through organizing and advocacy.