Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte, born and raised in Brooklyn, is the first Haitian-American woman elected in New York City.
Currently in the Assembly, Ms. Bichotte serves as Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs), Vice Chair of the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, and was recently appointed by Governor Cuomo to sit on his Domestic Violence Advisory Council. During her first term, Assemblymember Bichotte has introduced over 40 pieces of Legislation, of which 7 became law, and she co-sponsored nearly 200 others. Notable legislation introduced during this term is Resolution K376, which denounced the denationalization of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent, having New York become the first to adopt this issue on a state level. She has also introduced voting rights bills that would make it mandatory for New York State to include Haitian-Creole translators in poll sites where there is a high percentage of Haitian-Creole speaking residents, as well as mandate that voting materials be available in Haitian-Creole. Additionally, Assemblymember Bichotte introduced legislation on STEM, criminal justice, housing rights and a comprehensive package of economic development legislation to support the participation of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises. A crowning achievement of her first term and a dream come true has been the establishment of the Haitian Studies Institute, at Brooklyn College, making it a historical win for the state of New York.
Public service is a lifelong commitment for Assemblymember Bichotte. One of the many ways she has served in the community was as a board member for Habitat for Humanity, where she joined hands with President Jimmy Carter in building over 300 homes in Leogane Haiti in 2011 after the devastating earthquake.
Professionally, Assemblymember Bichotte has worked in a variety of fields such as a math teacher in the public school education system; an engineer in the telecommunications industry where she travelled to Japan and China on assignments; and an investment banker in the financial services industry structuring corporate finance deals.
She earned and holds an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, a BS in Electrical Engineering from SUNY Buffalo, a BS in Mathematics in Secondary Education and a BT in Electrical Engineering both from Buffalo State College.