Securing one endorsement after another, an attorney, former teacher, Department of Education administrator and Crown Heights native has emerged as the most likely candidate to take Borough President Eric Adam’s former State Senate seat when a special election is held (along with the regularly-scheduled primary) on September 9th.
Rubain Dorancy, a son of Haitian-American immigrants, has been endorsed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Council Member Jumaane Williams, Council Member Antonio Reynoso, the 1199 S.E.I.U. United Healthcare Workers East, the Working Families Party (WFP), and a score of other unions, left-leaning newspapers, advocacy groups, and ethnic organizations.
His closest opponent is Jesse Hamilton, who has spent over fifteen years as an elected official in Crown Heights as President of the School Board and as District Leader of the 43rd Assembly District. The two candidates participated in a debate earlier this month. Hamilton has secured the endorsement of Borough President Eric Adams, Councilwoman Darlene Mealy, the 32BJ SEIU, the Communication Workers of America Local 1180, and the Transportation Workers Union.
But when the Mayor deemed Dorancy as “the best progressive choice,” others soon followed.
“Rubain Dorancy is a progressive activist who will fight hard for social and economic change, work to reform a dysfunctional Albany culture and support an authentic democratic majority in the state senate,” said Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. “Rubain has the vision, experience and passion to make a difference and that is why I strongly endorse his candidacy.”
Born and raised in Crown Heights, Dorancy attended P.S. 91 and IS 391.Dorancy also taught at Middle School 61 on Empire Boulevard and was a senior administrator in the NYC Department of Education. He served on the school board in Crown Heights and as a program director at a non-profit serving the residents of the 20th District.
He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the City College of New York. As a National Urban Fellow, he earned his JD/MPA from Brooklyn Law School and Baruch College, School of Public Affairs and earned SDA/SBA certificates from the Long Island University School of Education.
The open State Senate seat is one of five vacant seats in the State legislature. For months, a large swath of Brooklyn has been without proper State representation, leading to calls for a special election, which will take place as part of the primary, scheduled on September 9th.