20th state Senate District (Park Slope and Sunset Park)

20th state Senate District (Park Slope and Sunset Park)
Jesse Hamilton
File Photo by Jason Speakman


Rubain Dorancy and Jesse Hamilton are going head to head for the empty state Senate seat vacated last year by Borough President Adams. Observers say the race has turned into a proxy battle between two would-be Brooklyn power brokers, with Adams backing Hamilton and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D–Clinton Hill) putting his weight behind Dorancy.


DEMOCRAT, former teacher, and longtime administrator in the Department of Education

Dorancy is an education activist and a former chairman of the Haitian American Association for Political Action lobbying group.

51, married, three children


DEMOCRAT, eight-year male district leader of the 43rd Assembly District, president of the Lincoln Civic Block Association, and attorney with the Department of Finance

51, married, two children


In July, Hamilton tried to knock his opponent out of the race with a lawsuit claiming that Dorancy lives in Mill Basin, rather than in his childhood home in Crown Heights. Dorancy responded with a countersuit alleging fraudulent language in Hamilton’s petitions to get on the ballot, but in August a judge threw out both suits.

Dorancy has received endorsements from Mayor DeBlasio, while Hamilton has received endorsements from a number of unions, including the United Federation of Teachers.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at nhuro‌witz@‌cnglo‌cal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Rubain Dorancy
Photo by Jason Speakman