By Brooklyn Reader

February 27, 2014, 6:20 pm

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Rubain Dorancy, candidate for State Senator in Brooklyn's 20th District

Rubain Dorancy, candidate for State Senator in Brooklyn’s 20th District

Three candidates have announced their plans to run in the next general election to fill the position of state senator, formerly held by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

They are: District Leader and Attorney Jesse Hamilton; Demetrius Lawrence, vice chairman of Brooklyn Community Board 9 representing most of Crown Heights; and Rubain Dorancy, an attorney and education administrator.

Adams already has put his weight behind Hamilton, and many expect other elected officials will be lock-step in their support of Hamilton as well. And although Lawrence currently can point to few political endorsements, he says he expects a handful of unions to lend its support.

But who is Rubain Dorancy? He has few political ties, and his professional background, at first glance, seems pointed more in the direction of academia than Albany.

Born and raised in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Dorancy describes himself as “an educator who is trained in the law.” After college, he taught for two years before enrolling in law school to become a licensed attorney.

Rubain Dorancy, candidate for State Senator in Brooklyn's 20th District

Rubain Dorancy, candidate for State Senator in Brooklyn’s 20th District

“I wanted to study law to think about how civil rights and education law could be approached in a way to ensure we were adequately addressing the opportunities in the achievement gaps,” said Dorancy.

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C. Zawadi Morris is an award-winning journalist and a Chicago native who moved to Brooklyn in 1997. Ms. Morris holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (and a minor in Spanish) from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She has worked as the communications director for Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (NY-12), a senior account executive for Shandwick Public Affairs and Cohn & Wolf Public Relations, and Bed-Stuy Patch. In December 2013, under The Original Media Group, Ms. Morris launched The Brooklyn Reader, an online news source covering the neighborhoods of Central Brooklyn.

C. Zawadi Morris is an award-winning journalist and a Chicago native who moved to Brooklyn in 1997. Ms. Morris holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (and a minor in Spanish) from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She has worked as the communications director for Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (NY-12), a senior account executive for Shandwick Public Affairs and Cohn & Wolf Public Relations, and Bed-Stuy Patch. In December 2013, under The Original Media Group, Ms. Morris launched The Brooklyn Reader, an online news source covering the neighborhoods of Central Brooklyn.

3 Responses

  1. Desmond Atkins

    Whose universal pre-K funding plan do you prefer?
    Bill deBlasio. Newly elected mayor deBlasio’s plan to fund NYC “universal pre-K” (UPK) is in the best interests of the citizenry of the city and state. It has been proven that early stimulation of children leads to better educational results later in their lives. These better results are then translated into a better workforce, which obviously increases the state fisc. The population of NYC is in excess of 8.1M, and that of NYS 19.6M making NYC at least 41% of the state’s population. The meme of local government being the best government would apply here . DeBlasio was elected by more than 73% of the voting population. The financial benefits of catalyzing early development are striking in view of the fact that 80% of incarcerated felons lack a high school diploma. Nationally, states are trying to find ways to reduce the cost of their penal institutions. This applies to NYS. The average annual cost of incarcerating one person in NYS (in 2010) was more than $60K. The cost in 2011 to incarcerate 59,237 persons statewide was almost $3.6 billion. 22% These costs come from expenditures outside of just the corrections budget. That cost of jailing one person is easily the annual cost of an ivy league education. With globalization rapidly challenging the US workforce, we need to stimulate our human capital to its highest level of productivity. That would start with having the best educated workforce, and reducing the waste of human potential lost to a “crime university”. NY state is already on record as having underfunded NYC. The “Campaign for Fiscal Equity” (CFE) case that was initiated in 1993, and wound its way through state courts for thirteen years. In 2006, the Court of Appeals final ruling was that the state must provide essential resources for public school children. This occurred after (then) Gov. Pataki said after the appellate court struck down the initial finding of the case ruled for the plaintiffs, that the state had no more responsibility than to educate students to an 8th grade level, which would be sufficient for an entry level job, and sufficient for the citizen to pull a voting lever. When the ruling, on re-appeal, was re-instated, Gov. Pataki turned on his words and said that the state of NY has always sought the highest levels of education for all of its citizenry. Currently, much of the sentiments of Pataki’s original statement still linger in the legislature. State Sen. Greg Ball’s bio, on his official state website lists him as “fighting for the elimination of unfunded mandates”. That could include the tragically unfunded mandate of educating students in all (urban) areas, not just NYC. -Desmond A., Brooklyn (the part of my statement that is underlined was what was chosen for broadcast on PBS/NYNOW)

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  2. Concerned Constituent

    Please take note thatDorancy who NKD and Lambda clubs endorsed does not live nor has lived in the past 20 years in Crown Heights. This is not a smear this is an honest assessment from publicly available information. If you would like more info please contact me. [email protected]. I joined NKD to bring transparency to local elections and stop the crazy shit that Vito and his people have been doing for 40 years. This man lives in Mill Basin with his wife and 3 children, owns his home there and receives a property tax exemption from the school tax portion of his tax bill by claiming the mill basin house as his primary residence. And many other shady facts. He switched his voting address a few weeks before the Nov 2013 general election in order to run for the 20 Senate. He lives in the 19th Senate and the 59th Assembly and has a clear but spotty voting record there. Please do some research. I do not want the person who replaces Eric Adams…a man of incredible integrity with a person who does not wish to reveal where he actually lives.

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  3. afbahf,fgajfvajkh

    Please take note thatDorancy who NKD and Lambda clubs endorsed does not live nor has lived in the past 20 years in Crown Heights. This is not a smear this is an honest assessment from publicly available information. If you would like more info please contact me. [email protected]. I joined NKD to bring transparency to local elections and stop the crazy shit that Vito and his people have been doing for 40 years. This man lives in Mill Basin with his wife and 3 children, owns his home there and receives a property tax exemption from the school tax portion of his tax bill by claiming the mill basin house as his primary residence. And many other shady facts. He switched his voting address a few weeks before the Nov 2013 general election in order to run for the 20 Senate. He lives in the 19th Senate and the 59th Assembly and has a clear but spotty voting record there. Please do some research. I do not want the person who replaces Eric Adams…a man of incredible integrity with a person who does not wish to reveal where he actually lives.

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