Dweynie Esther Paul: First Haitian-American elected judge in New York
On November 3, 2015, Dweynie Esther Paul made history as the first American of Haitian descent to be elected a judge before a civil court of the State of New York, Kings County (Brooklyn).
Publié le 2015-11-06 | lenouvelliste.com
Born in Queens to Haitian parents, Paul will represent the 2nd Municipal District which includes Bedford Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights and Ocean Hill in nearby Brooklyn. "To whom much is given, of him much will be required! " said Paul to the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) last Tuesday, on election night. "I'm so blessed and honored to be able to serve all of the Kings County community. Today we have made history together. I share this moment with the Haitian community and our biggest pan-African black community. This victory is the result of the meeting of our communities, our talents and resources.”
“It also comes from a strong desire to see fair and equitable judicial system. I want to live according to the values and aspirations of this community, and I want to thank all those who supported me, my family, my parents and God,” she added.
The Haitian-American Assemblywoman from New York, Rodneyse Bichotte, who represents the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn, was among the local legislators who supported Paul. "I know Dweynie Paul is intelligent, thoughtful and unselfish, and I know she will make decisions with compassion, but on the basis of the law," said Bichotte, daughter of Haitian immigrants, who also made history last November when she became the first Haitian-American from New York City to be elected to the State Assembly in New York. "I am proud of my Haitian-American sister, whose historic victory shakes the spirit of our Haitian ancestors," added Bichotte.
Paul was Bichotte’s campaign manager in 2012, when she presented for a seat in the Assembly of the State of New York.
Article by Patrick Saint-Pre
Translated from Le Nouvelliste
By Kristine Belizaire
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