Uncle Roy is a Small Business Owner who has been sensitive to community issues for many years. For more than 25 years he has been the owner and President of Uncle Roy’s, an exclusive upscale apparel store. “Uncle Roy” as he is known, has been waiting for the right time to step forward for the City Council seat, and the time has arrived.
Royston Antoine cares about democratic institutions, civil rights, reproductive rights, rights for the working people, support for small business, the protection of our environment, good & global ethical business practices, and support for our allies, and cost saving through sensible government.
Royston Antoine is a father, a community leader, a progressive Democrat, and a devout Christian who attends the New York Christian Culture Center in East New York, and he is a man of integrity.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Royston Antoine. I am affectionately known as “Uncle Roy” in my Brooklyn community and the wider business community at large. I am originally from the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent and I migrated to these shores nearly 35 years ago. Since the early 1970s, I have made Brooklyn my home. As a youth, I was educated in my native country; however, my true education was gained through my business activities and my day to day involvement with the people of Brooklyn. To say I am A People-person is not an understatement. I’ve made it my duty to be involved with the people on a number of levels: in business, in church and on a general community basis. It is the people of my community who have paved the way and inspired me to make the venture into politics in order to fight for them, especially the poor, the underprivileged, and the disenfranchised. It is my goal to unite and work tirelessly for the peoples of our community in order to give them the life they deserve.
Professionally, I am an entrepreneur. When I first came to this country, I worked for several companies as a cost analyst. However in 1981, I made the decision to become my own boss, thus, I went into business on my own. In 1981 I opened my first clothing store. Since that day, I’ve never looked back. Throughout the past three decades, my business ventures have allowed me to provide employment for numerous members of our community.
Becoming a successful and respectful business man has afforded me the opportunity to serve and become involved with a number of important committees and organizations. I was nominated to be the President of the “Merchant Association.” In 2003, I was presented with the “National Leadership Award” which conferred on me the position of “Honorary Chairman to the Business Advisory Council. In 1991, I received the “Merchant of The Year award—presented by the 73rd Precinct Community Council.
My involvement in politics has been a long and gradual journey. A long time ago, I made a commitment to become a servant of the people and the community. Politics did not quite fit into the picture. However, I am often asked the question, “Why did you choose to become a politician? I always answer, “Dear friends, the answer is simple, I didn’t choose politics, politics chose me.
I am confident that I am the right candidate to be your 55th Assemblyman. With your help and God’s blessings we can make positive changes for our community. As your councilman I will fight for:
- CREATING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. One of the things that must be done at the federal level is to expand Head Start and Early Head Start. I will establish more “After School Program for our students. I will establish a greater working relationship with parents, guardians, teachers and school administrators. I will establish several “state of the art libraries” in the district. Uncle Roy will work to establish adult education and “job training” programs for “high schools drop –outs and re-entries in the community
ATTACKING HIGH EMPLOYMENT. Unemployment, especially among our youth in the 55Assembly District is one of the highest in New York City. I will work with the private sector to create more development and investment in the community. Foster a better climate to do business that can translate into employment opportunities.
DEALING WITH THE HEALTH CRISIS. The 55Assembly District ranks at the bottom of the pile when it comes to health disparities, outcomes and how much health related resources that we receive. I will harness the collective resources that we presently have, strengthen and develop new program that brings quality and affordable health care to all residents in the 55the Assembly District.
ZERO TOLERANCE TO DOMESTIC VOILENCE. Whether it’s spousal, child or senior abuse I will have “Zero Tolerance” to these forms of domestic violence. I favor strong law enforcement and stiff penalties for those found guilty of such actions. I will advocate strengthen family intervention programs, counseling that help families in crisis and those that recommended remedial therapies for offenders as a part of a package of legal tools that both victims of domestic violence and perpetrators must attend.
- COMMUNICATION: I will work relentlessly with the community boards and the precinct councils to foster and establish better open communication and relationships between the authority and citizens.