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Bushwick councilman announces bid for Borough President • Brooklyn Paper

Bushwick councilman announces bid for Borough President

Taking the Reyns: Antonio Reynoso took over the Williamsburg-Buswhick Council seat from his boss Diana Reyna and wants to start by reining in gentrification.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

Councilman Antonio Reynoso (D-Bushwick) announced his run for Borough President Monday.

The pol declared his campaign for Brooklyn’s Commander-in-Chief to replace the current office holder Eric Adams via a June 4 statement in which he promised to bring his self-described progressive politics to the whole borough and share more details on his plans in the coming months.

“I’m proud of everything I’ve accomplished as a Council Member for the last six years, and I am eager to bring my experience and progressive ideals to the Borough President’s office,” Reynoso’s email read. “We have over two years until Election Day 2021, and over the coming months I’ll be sharing my vision and platform for improving the lives of all Brooklynites. Stay tuned!”

The second-term legislator is likely to face several of his City Hall colleagues in the race because he is one of a almost 40 council members to be term limited in 2021.

Two other candidates have so far officially entered the race, records show, including Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr. (D-Bedford-Stuyvesant) and the formerly incarcerated Crown Heights-based preacher Lamor Whitehead, who reportedly has close ties to Adams, according to the New York Post.

Adams is rumored to seek higher office with a bid for mayor in 2021, a move he has not subtly hinted at with a campaign website Eric Adams 2021 last year and his filing for an undeclared office with the city’s Campaign Finance Board.

Reynoso won his current seat to represent the Council’s 34th district — which also includes parts of Williamsburg and a slice of Queens — in 2013 when he bested the late disgraced former Brooklyn Democratic Party boss Vito Lopez.

Reynoso also announced his first fund-raiser for the campaign at the Williamsburg bar Freehold on June 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.

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