BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE
Several Queens elected officials, as well as other City politicians and community leaders, received awards and commendation at the Working Families Party 16th Annual Gala, at MoMA PS1 last week.
Many Working Families Party members and supporters present at the gala had been working with the party since its establishment. One attendee, Bob Davi, is chairperson of the Graphics Communication International Union Local 1 retiree group. He noted that the original Working Families Party meeting 16 years ago was held at Local 1 headquarters.
The overarching theme of the evening was forward-thinking, towards a new progressive era, with Mayor de Blasio at its center.
“We are celebrating the promise of the progressive movement,” said party co-chair Bob Masters, making specific reference to de Blasio’s campaign for universal, full-day pre-k.
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, who was honored with the Elected Leader of the Year Award, expanded on this theme during her acceptance speech.
“We cannot go forward if we don’t do it together,” she said, quoting former President Bill Clinton.
Working Families recognized a number of elected officials as being crucial to the progressive movement. Many of these were Queens representatives, including former City Comptroller John Liu, State Senator Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing), Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights), Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows), and Borough President Melinda Katz.
The party also made special reference to Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), for his work as the chair of the cultural affairs committee, and former Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie.
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