Caribbean-American Heritage Month


June is Caribbean-American Heritage Month, where we recognize our Caribbean communities' rich heritage, history, and cultural diversity. Throughout the month, our nation celebrates Caribbean-Americans for their overwhelming contributions to our society.


NYC Haitian Parade

with Wyclef Jean and Elected Officials


Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, Council Member Farah Louis, Wyclef Jean (who served as the Parade Grand Marshal), Council Member Rita Joseph


"Caribbean-Americans have always been at the forefront of U.S. history, building our nation to what it is today through their countless contributions and presence of over 16 million men and women who settled from the Caribbean in search of a better life.


In their home away from home; here in America they study to become our teachers, doctors, engineers, lawyers and more; playing a central role in our society: strengthening the fabric of New York City and State; and the diversity of our nation. 


In honoring this heritage, our society remains indebted of appreciation, recognition, and acknowledgement to Caribbean-Americans across the United States as we celebrate their history and our future." 


Assemblymember Bichotte Hermelyn delivers a speech recognizing

Caribbean-American Heritage Month


Recognizing Caribbean-American Heritage Month

and Haitian Heritage Month


Speaker Carl E. Heastie; Marie Andree Amy, Consul General of Haiti;Assemblymembers Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, Phara Souffrant Forrest, and Maritza Davila


(Left to right) Assemblymember Clyde Vanel; Marie Andree Amy, Consul General of Haiti in New York; Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn; CARICOM representative, Assemblymember Phara Souffrant Forrest


IN THE NEWS: Haitian parade in Manhattan held for second year with Wyclef Jean headlining - Haitian Times

Haitians gathered in Central Park West to celebrate their legacy with a parade that featured floats, dancers and artist Wyclef Jean in the procession.

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Happy Caribbean-American Heritage Month!


Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn represents the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn covering Ditmas Park, Flatbush, East Flatbush and Midwood. She is currently the NYS Assembly Majority Whip, Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) and serves on the following committees: Housing, Government Operations, Education, Governmental Operations, Health, Higher Education, and Ways and Means. She also sits on Governor Hochul's Domestic Violence Advisory Council and Mayor Adams' 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.