A top contender for retiring Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs’ seat has netted the endorsement of Comptroller Scott Stringer.
Mr. Stringer today threw his support behind Democratic district leader Rodneyse Bichotte, who is vying for the seat being vacated by the longtime Brooklyn assemblywoman at the end of this year.
“Rodneyse has long been a fighter for those most in need in her community,” Mr. Stringer said in a statement to the Observer. “Whether it’s working to expand economic opportunity for all New Yorkers or ensuring equal rights for immigrants, Rodneyse is a leader and a reformer who knows how to get results. I am proud to endorse her for New York State Assembly and I look forward to seeing all she will accomplish for her district and our city in Albany.”
Ms. Jacobs, who has represented Flatbush and Midwood since 1979, announced yesterday that she would not be seeking re-election. Ms. Bichotte has emerged as a front-runner in the race, racking up the endorsements of Public Advocate Tish James, Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo and Councilman Jumaane Williams, a lawmaker representing an overlapping district.
But Ms. Jacobs may not be behind her, sources say. Ms. Bichotte ran an aggressive challenge against Ms. Jacobs in 2012, when she argued the white assemblywoman could not adequately represent the heavily Caribbean-American district. Another candidate, L. Rickie Tulloch, a former City Council candidate, is close to Ms. Bichotte and could earn the assemblywoman’s backing.
In addition to Ms. Bichotte and Mr. Tulloch, former Assembly candidate Michele Adolphe is also running for the seat.