The community packed the Arbor School/PS19 Roberto Clemente auditorium Sunday to officially welcome a favorite son as its new representative to the City Council. Antonio Reynoso took the oath of office, surrounded by family, friends, supporters and colleagues in government in an emotional ceremony, administered in Spanish by his beaming mother.
A who’s who of New York politics, including US Senator Charles Schumer, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Comptroller Scott Stringer and his predecessor John Liu, Public Advocate Tish James, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Assemblyman Joe Lentol and most of the Brooklyn Council delegation, including local Councilmember Steve Levin took part in the festivities. Reynoso paid special note to his mentors Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna – “This is the school of politics that I come from, and it’s led by women.”
Following his swearing-in, Reynoso laid out his progressive agenda, with its focus on education, and his priorities including saving the senior and daycare centers housed at 211 Ainslie Street, the immediate implementation of the city’s solid waste management plan and construction of affordable housing in places like the Broadway Triangle and Greenpoint Hospital.
“What is a progressive?” Reynoso asked. “A progressive leads with compassion. A progressive looks to help the most vulnerable, the neediest members of our society. No handouts, just support to give them a chance.”