City welcomes Councilman Antonio Reynoso
by Andrew Shilling
Jan 29, 2014 | 4513 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Antonio Reynoso dances Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna to the podium.
Antonio Reynoso dances Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna to the podium.
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez.
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez.
Senator Charles Schumer
Senator Charles Schumer
Newly elected Councilman Antonio Reynoso attended P.S. 19 in Southside Williamsburg just blocks from his childhood home, and last week he was welcomed back with applause and wishes of hope for a new generation of Brooklyn politics.

During a hard-fought election, Reynoso overcame Brooklyn diplomatic powerhouse Vito Lopez, to which the community seemed to breathe a sigh of relief and liberation as they hoped for a new era at his inauguration.

“I was overwhelmed by the amount of support present at yesterday’s inauguration” Reynoso said on Monday following the ceremony. “Standing with community members, family, friends, and colleagues in leadership, not only to swear me in, but really to say, ‘thank you,’ was a moment I will never forget. It was such a personal event.”

Reynoso got his start in the Brooklyn political world as the Latino outreach coordinator with State Senator Joseph Addabbo. He then became campaign manager for former councilwoman Diana Reyna and later her deputy chief of staff.

Reyna, now the new deputy borough president, wished Reynoso a successful first term in office as the new leader of the community, and assured he would do his best to carry on the legacy that she left behind.

“My parents like Antonio’s are a generation of farmers from the Dominican Republic, who moved to foreign soil for a better future and an investment in new opportunities,” Reyna said. “Like Antonio, I grew up in this community in the 70s and 80s, and he in the 80s and 90s. We bonded like so many generations have done so in a struggle to know that we must do better.”

Reynoso danced each of his fellow legislators to the podium in preparation of the Ready Sett Dance North Brooklyn Dance Competition on February 8 at nearby Giando on the Water.

After Congresswoman Nydia Valazquez twirled her way to the stage with the young councilman, she noted the great significance and importance of the ceremony.

“This is a big, big celebration,” Valazquez said. “We are all in this together. We must make sure that we bring fairness, justice and equality to this community and the entire community.”

Also dancing and “raising the roof” for Reynoso was Senator Charles Schumer, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Borough President Eric Adams, as well as dozens of other citywide officials.

Lincoln Restler, a former district leader, officiated the afternoon.

“We have such a bright future to look forward to in Bushwick and Williamsburg,” Restler said.

With a heavy weight off of his shoulders following the hard-fought election, Reynsoso now carries a new weight with him into the coming months and years as Councilman.

“My remarks spoke strongly on the importance of female leadership, education, and community in my life,” Reynoso said of his speech. “Values that I hope are telling of what’s to come.”

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