Brooklyn Young Dems Kick Off 2018 With Big Fundraiser

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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​.

District Leader Josue (Josh) Pierre, second from left, and BYD President John Wasserman, center, with BYD members. Contributed photo.

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.