With a cool new logo and a renewed energy, the Brooklyn Young Democrats club kicked off the new year last Thursday with their 2018 kick off fundraiser at The Douglas Bar & Grill, 149 4th Avenue in Gowanus.
Democrats from all over Brooklyn and across the city attended and raised $8,000. Among attendees were City Comptroller Scott Stringer, City Council Member Rafael Espinal, and Democratic District Leaders Josue “Josh” Pierre, Jacob Gold and Arii Kagan.
Also in attendance was Hon. Steve and Caroline Cohen, esq., of Midwood, who received the Community Leaders of the Year award. Other awardees included Stringer, who was named Elected Official of the Year; Pierre, who was named the Young Democrat of the Year; and Gold, who was named the Young Democrat at Heart..
“This is the moment for the next generation of political leadership,” said Stringer to a room packed with motivated Democrats.
“I woke [up] after the election and was reading in the New York Times that NYC Comptroller audited the Brooklyn Board of Elections and found those discrepancies,” said BYD President John Wasserman, in describing both Stringer’s diligence and the Brooklyn Board of Elections mismanagement.
Pierre, who’s 42nd Assembly District includes Flatbush and Ditmas Park, said once he became a Democrat he began to understand empathy.
“The diversity in this room really represents what it really means to be an American and a New Yorker.” said Pierre, noting the importance of diversity in light of President Trump’s recent derogatory references to Haitian Americans and Haiti.