BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, BROOKLYN — A prominent Brooklyn politician recently reemerged in the public eye after a month-long battle with the new coronavirus. Councilman Robert C. Cornegy, Jr. fell ill on March 13 — the cusp of New York City’s outbreak — after delivering food to seniors in his district, the Bed-Stuy lawmaker said in a recent Facebook video. Cornegy said he received an official COVID-19 diagnosis shortly after submitting to about two weeks of self-quarantined so as not to affect or infect anyone else.
The disease progressed during that time and he watched from isolation as it ravaged the city, his family and friends, Cornegy said. “I will personally admit to my Facebook family that I have lost 36 friends and family members since the onset of COVID-19,” Cornegy said.