Caribbean guidance joins New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s Transition NYC team

With former City Councilwoman Una Clarke and Haitian-Americans United for Progress executive director Elsie Saint Louis in the mix, Caribbean New Yorkers have prominent representation on the team helping to craft the administration of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.

Last week, the 60 leaders and experts selected to de Blasio’s transition committee were revealed and Clarke and Saint Louis were among the group.

Clarke, the first Caribbean-born woman elected to the New York City Council, represented the 40th Council District in Brooklyn. Elected in 1991, the Jamaica-born leader served for 10 years.

Saint Louis runs the 38-year-old Queens-based Haitian-Americans United for Progress, a not-for-profit organization that helps low-income families and individuals. Begun to help Haitian refugees and immigrants, the group has expanded to assist constituents regardless of nationality, ethnic origin or background.

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