Winners Break Bread As Members of The Bay Democrats Handed Out Awards


The champagne popped as the Bay Democrats sixth annual awards dinner was held at Signature Restaurant, 2007 Emmons Avenue in Sheepshead Bay this week.

The honorees came forth as Bay Democrats President and male District Leader of the 45th Assembly District Ari Kagan, and Vice President and female Democratic District Leader Margarita Kagan (no relation), so proudly handed out plaques to various individuals who sacrificially attributed their time to the community for the greater of good.

Winners included Richard Rozhik, ESQ, for the attorney of the year award. This Brooklyn native does not only invest heavily in his profession; however, he regularly volunteers at the MJHS Menorah nursing facility. Additionally, he plays a significant role in organizations such as Sharai Torah of Manhattan Beach, Israel of Kings Bay, and RAJE. Being fluent in Russian and English, he is able to assist his community effectivity.

Photo by Melissa Clark.

Louie Liu graciously accepted the Victoria Stancil community leadership award as he demonstrated making a successful home for him and his family when he came to America in the ’90s from China. Liu, alongside a few other community leaders, founded the Brooklyn Community Improvement Association (BCIA) over thirteen years ago. This association focuses on community issues and maintaining a solid connection between the local precincts and civilians. He can sympathize with new immigrants and ensures them that he will assist them in any way he can.

Samuel Cooper and Abida Sattar were presented with the community service award. They both have selflessly offered their services to their community. Cooper, a Veteran, no holds barred when it comes to lending a hand to one of his neighbors by volunteering as a tenant patrol and served as Vice President for four years at the Marlboro Houses. He is notable for his popular BBQ extravaganza and will continue aiding varying. Sattar arrived in America 30 years ago with her family. She held a social worker position in her home county of Pakistan, so when she came here, she wanted to carry on her position. She began to volunteer at Coney Island Hospital and became one of the most admired and well-respected volunteers as she proved that helping individuals came evidently.

EZ Living Home Care of NY received an award for the best service provider of the year. Kagan, along with Margarita, made it very clear that these outstanding citizens deserve to be recognized. Kagan told Kings County Politics, “I feel fantastic about tonight, and all above this unites individuals of the community.”