Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn appeared on News12 to discuss the U.S. reaction to the quake, and devastation in Haiti.
August 15, 2021

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Statement from Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn on Earthquake in Haiti
(Brooklyn, NY) -- Yesterday, a powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook the Caribbean, leaving a path of devastation from Les Cayes to Jeremie in Haiti.

Officials in Haiti are reporting heavy damage, and say the earthquake, which struck in the early hours, has already exceeded a death toll over 300.

According to Haiti's Civil Protection Service at least 1,800 more Haitians are injured, and still more remain unaccounted for.

Homes, roads, churches, health care facilities, and schools have been destroyed.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry declared a one month state of emergency.

Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn issued the following statement:

"The news coming out of Haiti evokes memories of the 2010 quake that shook Haiti and left the world aghast. What's troubling is that this is only the latest tragedy in what has become a terrible trifecta: the assassination of the former President Jovenel Moïse, a worsening COVID-19 epidemic, and now, what is possibly the most powerful earthquake in the nation’s history.

I pray for the people of Haiti, and for the people in the United States and here in Brooklyn, who are feeling the pain of uncertainty, or deep loss. I remain hopeful for brighter days ahead for our beloved country."
Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn represents the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn covering Ditmas Park, Flatbush, East Flatbush and Midwood. She is currently the Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs), and serves on the following committees: Housing, Government Operations, Education, Banks, Health, and Higher Education. She is also a member of the Task Force on Women's Issues and sits on Governor Cuomo's Domestic Violence Advisory Council and Mayor De Blasio's MWBE Task Force.

As a current Assemblymember, District Leader, and Chair of Brooklyn Democratic Party, Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn has been an outspoken advocate on issues concerning immigration, education, economic development, unemployment, education reform, health care access, senior citizen centers, affordable housing, school safety, women's and LGBTQ rights, as well as other issues affecting the quality of life in the community.  

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