On January 5, 2021, the Senate Democratic Conference released their list of committee chairs for the 2021 legislative session.
One selection, in particular, is cause for concern.
Sen. Jabari Brisport, 33, is a first-term legislator from Brooklyn. A teacher by profession, Sen. Brisport campaigned on an aggressively left-wing agenda that included calls for single-payer health care, the legalization of prostitution, and the defunding of police. He is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), and he was endorsed by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx). Following his election, Sen. Brisport was described by NBC News as “the first openly LGBTQ person of color elected to New York’s state Legislature.”
Last summer, during his campaign, then-candidate Brisport made the following jaw-dropping comments on Twitter:
Here's what constitutes real work in our ideal world:— Jabari Brisport🌹 (@JabariBrisport) July 1, 2020
Being a CEO? ❌
Being a landlord? ❌
Being a sex worker? ✔️
Only one of these jobs actually contributes something valuable to our society – sorry!
Some New Yorkers might find Sen. Brisport’s remarks to be disqualifying; nevertheless, he received 138,261 votes and won the November election unopposed. Now, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has made him the Chair of the Senate Children and Families Committee.
No, that’s not a misprint.
This selection does not bode well. If Leader Stewart-Cousins trusts Sen. Brisport to shape public policy regarding children and families, does this mean that she shares his agenda? New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms will be watching Sen. Brisport and the Senate Children and Families Committee very closely this year—especially when prostitution legalization measures are considered.
The full roster of State Senate committees is available at the Senate website.