Brooklyn pols express alarm about Puerto Rican referendum, Haitian protected status
Puerto Rican referendum illegitimate; Haitian protection status extension a ‘half measure at best.’
Brooklyn officials expressed alarm on Sunday about events affecting Puerto Rico and Haiti, the birthplaces of thousands of Brooklyn residents.
U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez had harsh words for the referendum on statehood held Sunday in Puerto Rico. Less than a quarter of eligible voters participated in the plebiscite, with two major parties urging a boycott.
“This plebiscite failed to live up to that standard and the deck was stacked throughout the process,” Velázquez said in a statement. “With members of two of the three major political …