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New crop of Haitian politicos vow to engage deeper with community

Pierre Marc Albert and David Alexis
Pierre Marc Albert (l) is running for New York State Assemblymember for District 43, while David Alexis hopes to become the New York State Senator for District 21. Photos from campaign websites.

This article is the second in a series about the 2022 federal midterm and state elections, supported by the Center for Community Media at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. The first installment looked at the current state of the NYS Assembly Haitian-American legislative caucus. This part looks at how the caucus might gain strength as more Haitian-Americans are elected to the legislature.

NEW YORK — For months, David Alexis searched for a proper clinic for his wife, diagnosed with sickle cell disease, and came up empty each time. In between his job as a director of community partnerships for a drivers group and volunteer work with education advocacy groups and helping fathers support their families, the lack of adequate healthcare resources in central Brooklyn preoccupied Alexis. 

“These hospitals have not only divested from programs addressing sickle cell disease, but infant mortality in our community is through the roof,” said Alexis, who is running for State Senate District 21 in this month’s upcoming election. “People have to leave our neighborhood because they aren’t equipped with cath labs as well and that showed me that I needed to run.” 

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