JUMAANE WILLIAMS PERSON OF THE YEAR 2018

 

Forty-two-year-old, New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, who represents the 45th council district, is EVERYBODY’S, the Caribbean-American, Person of the Year for 2018.

Since the inception of this magazine in January, 1977, EVERYBODY’S has named its Person of the Year. Years ago, the magazine held gala dinners in their honor. Persons of the Year who attended EVERYBODY’S dinner included the late Nobel Laureate Sir Arthur Lewis, members of Congress Shirley Chisholm and Mervyn Dymally and several Caribbean prime ministers.

In recent years, EVERYBODY’S simply announces its Person of the Year. Last year’s Person(s) of the year were the ferocious Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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Also, in EVERYBODY’S PERSON OF THE YEAR EDITION

Included in the 2019 magazine-calendar are

*2019 major Caribbean festivals and other events worldwide.

*U.S. Public Holidays.

Independence date of Caribbean and African nations.

Top headlines of 2018 such as

*The Windrush controversy in England when Britain attempted to deport undocumented immigrants who arrived between 1948-1960.

*Mia Mottley became Barbados’ first woman prime minister.

 

EVERYBODY’S STATEMENT

EVERYBODY’S PERSON OF THE YEAR

New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams

12/18/18 –Forty-two-year-old, New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, who represents the 45th council district, is EVERYBODY’S, the Caribbean-American, Person of the Year for 2018.

Since the inception of this magazine in January, 1977, EVERYBODY’S has named its Person of the Year. Years ago, the magazine held gala dinners in their honor. Persons of the Year who attended EVERYBODY’S dinner included the late Nobel Laureate Sir Arthur Lewis, members of Congress Shirley Chisholm and Mervyn Dymally and several Caribbean prime ministers.

In recent years, EVERYBODY’S simply announces its Person of the Year. Last year’s Person(s) of the year were the ferocious Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Our thanks to readers who sent us suggestions. The leading contenders were British Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton who is of Grenadian heritage, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Grenada’s Prime Minister Keith Mitchell, American pop singers Rihanna and Nicki Minaj and Councilman Jumaane Williams. In addition to recommendations from readers, we solicited the views of a cross section of New York’s Caribbean community.

The highly respected Councilman Williams emerged as the most popular, admired, and industrious person in New York City and across Caribbean-America.

Elected to the New York City Council in 2009, Williams assumed office on January 1, 2010. Since then, he has been a powerful voice in the Council and throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

Unlike several politicians who mostly cosponsor or lend their names to bills created by their counterparts, Williams is renowned for initiating various bills in the City Council. One of the most significant bills he initiated was the Community Safety Act, which led to the curbing of stop-and-frisk, a policy which-many felt was racist – unfairly targeted NYC’s young black male population. Interestingly this Act, with national implications, was passed although it was vigorously resisted by the then Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the brass of the New York Police Department. He also introduced legislation to ensure protections against employment discrimination based on reproductive health care decisions.  And, in demonstrating his commitment to all segments of the community, he was the mover behind the Fair Chance Act which prohibits discrimination in hiring based on one’s arrest record or criminal conviction.

A staunch liberal and progressive Democrat, Williams boldly endorsed and campaigned for Senator Bernie Sanders in the contentious presidential Democratic primaries of 2016 between Sanders and former First Lady Hillary Clinton.

For those who know Williams very well, they were not surprised when he declared to run for Lieutenant Governor of New York State against incumbent Kathy Hochul, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s running mate. How dare Williams challenge the lieutenant governor and indirectly the governor! Though Williams’ friends and family did not expect him to get many votes, he did. He almost upset the apple cart of Cuomo and Hochul.

The highly financed Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul got 733,591 or 53.3% of the votes while 641,631 or 46.7% of Democrats statewide cast their ballot for the grassroot candidacy of Jumaane Williams.

Perhaps, had Williams raised more money to finance his campaign and if he had not taken on the Democratic establishment, over which Governor Cuomo presided, he could have won.

But Williams is not EVERYBODY’S Person of the Year for the above reasons.  He is the People’s Person of the Year because he is very visible throughout the Big Apple, and embodies the aspirations of his constituents and the vibrant Caribbean-New York Community and is committed to making to make NY and the nation a more just and equitable place for all. Councilman Williams, who is also Deputy Leader of New York City Council, has proven time and time again since 2010 that he truly cares about New York City, the nation, and for the less fortunate.

 

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