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July 31, 2022



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Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) released the following statement regarding the tragic passing of former President of the New York State Association of Minority Contractors and committed champion for Brooklyn, Elenora Bernard:

“On behalf of the people of the 9th District of New York, the Clarke family and myself, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the Edwards family, along with Elenora’s dear friends and loved ones. Only days ago, we received the heartbreaking news that one of our community’s most tireless, most dedicated stalwarts was taken from us far too soon. Ms. Elenora Bernard, an entrepreneur, advocate and cultural ambassador who lived a lifetime in service of others, tragically lost her life to the senseless violence that so many of our neighbors and loved ones know all too well. Her terrible loss is felt by countless members of our community here in Brooklyn, across our city and her beloved Trinidad and Tobago, and among all those whose lives she touched with her own. Though this moment is devastating, we must not allow it to detract from the special person Elenora was,” said Congresswoman Clarke. To hail from Trinidad and Tobago and not only make this nation her home, but its betterment her passion, is simply a testament to her remarkable character. As a fearless fighter for Brooklyn’s minority and underserved businesses and communities, Elenora devoted all she had so that others might know better tomorrows. Her passing leaves an enormous void that cannot be filled. Her legacy, however, lives on through her impact on our lives and our vibrant community. It will continue to live on through her family, her friends, and those who share her commitment to progress. Today, my heart and prayers are with all those fortunate enough to know and love the great Elenora Bernard. And may Elenora find her eternal rest in peace, and may she rise in glory.”


Yvette D. Clarke has been in Congress since 2007. She represents New York’s Ninth Congressional District, which includes Central and South Brooklyn. Clarke is a Senior Member of both the House Energy and Commerce Committee and House Committee on Homeland Security, where she serves as Chair of the Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation Subcommittee.