Mathieu Eugene

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Mathieu Eugene
Mathieu Eugene 2011.jpg
Member of the New York City Council from the 40th District
Assumed office
April 25, 2007
Preceded by Yvette Clarke
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Religion Roman Catholic
Website Official website

Mathieu Eugene is the Council member for the 40th District of the New York City Council. He is a Democrat. The district includes portions of Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Kensington, Midwood, Prospect Park and Prospect Lefferts Gardens in Brooklyn.

Life and career[edit]

Eugene is a Haitian-American, born in Cap-Haïtien in April 1954. He attended schools in Haiti, Belgium, and Mexico. He is a master and black belt in the martial art of Taekwondo. Eugene, a physician, attended medical school in Belgium, Dominican Republic and Mexico.

Eugene has a medical degree from Universidad del Noreste in Mexico but does not practice in the U.S. While he was studying in Belgium, he met the martial art movie superstar Jean-Claude Van Damme and they became friends and have remained so ever since.[citation needed] Before he became Council member, he was a community organizer. He still runs a youth program in Brooklyn.

Eugene is a practicing Roman Catholic.

Eugene has come under fire in the past on questions regarding his residency.[1]

New York City Council[edit]

In 2007, Councilwoman Yvette Clark resigned following her election to the United States Congress. In the special election to replace her, Eugene, won both the non-partisan primary and the general election. He made history when he won two special elections to become the first Haitian-born elected official in the state of New York.

Since, Eugene has been re-elected easily twice, in 2009 and 2013.

Election history
Location Year Election Results
NYC Council
District 40
2007 Special Primary √ Mathieu Eugene (D) 51.30%
Harry L. Schiffman (D) 24.70%
Wellington Sharpe (D) 22.99%
NYC Council
District 40
2007 Special √ Mathieu Eugene (D) 90.29%
Clarence John (R) 9.71%
NYC Council
District 40
2009 Democratic Primary √ Mathieu Eugene 59.41%
L. Rickie Tulloch 23.52%
Rock Hermon Hackshaw 17.07%
NYC Council
District 40
2009 General √ Mathieu Eugene (D) 94.12%
Noel Burke (L) 2.99%
Hugh C. Carr (Conservative) 2.88%
NYC Council
District 40
2013 Democratic Primary √ Mathieu Eugene 47.88%
Saundra Thomas 37.49%
Sylvia G. Kinard 10.48%
John E. Grant 4.15%
NYC Council
District 40
2013 General √ Mathieu Eugene (D) 89.88%
Sylvia G. Kinard (Rent Is Too Damn High) 6.12%
Brian W. Kelly (Conservative)


  1. ^ Malo, Sebastien (2013-05-28). "Councilmember Mathieu Eugene’s Real Estate Woes". Ditmas Park Corner. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Yvette Clarke
New York City Council, 40th District