Honorable Rodneyse Bichotte

Assembly Member and State Committee Woman / District Leader for New York State’s 42nd Assembly District

Rodneyse Bichotte is the Assembly Member and State Committee Woman / District Leader for New York State’s 42nd Assembly District. Assemblymember Bichotte has been appointed Chair of the Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) Subcommittee. She currently serves on the following committees: Housing, Government Operations, Economic Development, Small Businesses, Banks, and Social Services.

In her first session, Assemblymember Bichotte has introduced over 22 pieces of legislation, of which four became law. In addition, the Assemblymember co-sponsored over 87 pieces of legislation.

Rodneyse Bichotte is the first Haitian-American woman elected into office in New York City. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Rodneyse’s advocacy centers on providing resources on affordable housing and home ownership, financial literacy of her communities, public safety initiatives and better relationships with law enforcement, affordable healthcare, high-quality public and private education, and economic development, especially for individuals seeking to open small business. She has lobbied in New York City, Albany and Washington as a District Leader for affordable housing and healthcare, against cuts for special education programs, an increase the minimum wage, the passage of the Dream Act and growth in the small businesses and tech sector. In addition, Rodneyse takes an active role in bettering her community through her on-the-ground work with organizations such as the Haitian American Caucus and Habitat for Humanity with President Jimmy Carter; she has helped to deliver resources to Haiti.

Public service is a lifelong commitment for Rodneyse, and since her election in 2010 as District Leader, she has used her position to facilitate and sponsor a number of community events in Flatbush, such as the first voter’s forum, which promoted fair elections, voters rights and voting demonstrations with the Board of Elections; the largest candidate forum in Brooklyn; annual senior luncheons; safe streets initiatives; and the largest Brooklyn funding forum to help non-profits learn how to access government funding.

Professionally, Rodneyse has worked in the fields of Secondary Education in Mathematics, Engineering Mergers and Acquisition, Corporate Development, and Corporate & Investment Banking. She served as a public school Math Teacher and member of the teachers union; an Engineer, where she worked overseas in Japan and China; and a Finance Manager.

Rodneyse has traveled all over the world, including seven countries in the continent of Africa, several countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, including Israel. Her extensive global experience helped her navigate through different business customs, acquired key negotiation tactics and built customer relations across the world.

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. A true product of the “Big Apple,” she is a graduate of the New York City public school system, including the specialized high school LaGuardia High School of Music and Arts & Performing Arts.

Rodneyse served on a number of boards such as Habitat For Humanity NYC as the Advocacy Chair, Turning Point as the Development Chair, Community Board 17 as a board member, the chairperson of the Economic Development Committee of Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Chicago Urban League, Scholarship Chair, Metroboard Scholarship, the Sickle Cell Thalassemia Patient Network as a member, and the National Black MBA Association. She teaches Sunday school at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn.

Rodneyse is an alumnus of the White House Project from Brooklyn College.