Annette Robinson

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Annette M. Robinson
Annette Robinson 2014.jpg
Member of the New York Assembly from the 56th District
In office
February 22, 2002 – December 31, 2016
Preceded byAlbert Vann
Succeeded byTremaine Wright
Member of the New York City Council from the 36th District
In office
Preceded byNew district
Succeeded byAlbert Vann
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)William Robinson
Alma materSouthern New Hampshire University (B.S., M.S.)

Annette Robinson formerly represented District 56 in the New York State Assembly, which includes most of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights and Bushwick, from 2002 to 2016.

Early life and education[edit]

Annette Marie Robinson was born in Harlem and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn where she was active in the church and the community. She studied dance and performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music at age 8.[1][2] She holds B.S. and Master's degrees from New Hampshire College (now Southern New Hampshire University).[3]


Robinson's career in politics began in 1977 when she was elected as an Community School Board District 16 member. She went on to work for N.Y.C. Comptroller Harrison J. Goldin serving three terms-as Coordinator and Liaison, and District Director for U.S. Congressman Major R. Owens and in 1991, was elected to the New York City Council representing Bedford-Stuyvesant.[3][4]

She was term limited from her City Council position in 2000 and was chosen in a special election held in 2002. Robinson garnered over 90% of the vote in the special election and served as the District Leader/State Committeewoman for the 56th Assembly District.[3][4] Her office was at Restoration Plaza, in Shirley Chisholm's former space.[2][5]

Robinson announced that she would be retiring in 2016. On Saturday April 16, 2016, Robinson officially endorsed Brooklyn Community Board 3 chairperson Tremaine Wright to succeed her in the 56th assembly district. The endorsement took place at the campaign announcement for Tremaine Wright. Robinson stated that she was very proud to pass the torch to candidate Wright.

After her retirement, she continued to serve as the female Democratic District leader of the 56th Assembly district, and the Vice Chair of the Kings County Democratic Party, making her the second in command behind Party Boss Frank Seddio.[4]


In addition to her work in the New York Assembly, Robinson is the Vice-Chairwoman of the New York State Council of Black Elected Democrats.[3]


  1. ^ "Guide to the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation oral histories 2008.030". Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  2. ^ a b "Robinson, Annette (2008/02/01) | Oral History". Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  3. ^ a b c d "2014 election results: Complete list of New York winners". Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  4. ^ a b c Politics, Kings County (2016-11-02). "VIDA Celebrates Annette Robinson & Her Legacy". Kings County Politics. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  5. ^ "History". Retrieved 2019-05-09.

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Political offices
Preceded by
New district
New York City Council, 36th District
1992 – 2001
Succeeded by
Albert Vann
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Albert Vann
New York State Assembly, 56th District
Succeeded by
Tremaine Wright