Former Ft. Hamilton commander honored by conservatives
The former commanding officer of the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton returned to Bay Ridge, where he received an award from a local Conservative Party club and spoke about his time at the military base.
Retired U.S. Army Col. Michael Gould also spoke about the threat of ISIS when he delivered remarks at the Third Annual Brooklyn South Conservative Club Dinner, recently held at the Bay Ridge Manor catering hall.
Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) was also an honoree at the dinner. More than 100 people attended the event, according to President Liam McCabe, who founded the political club in 2013.
Christine Sisto, who chaired the dinner, said Gould and Malliotakis “were amazing speakers who really connected with our attendees.”
Gould served as Fort Hamilton’s commander from 2010 to 2012 and worked to forge closer ties between the military and the civilian population of Bay Ridge during his time at the fort.
Malliotakis, who first won election to the state Assembly in 2010 with support from the Republican and Conservative parties, represents the 64th Assembly District, a district that includes parts of Bay Ridge and Staten Island.
“This was our third annual club dinner and it was our most popular one yet,” McCabe said. “We raised significant money for our club and we will be using that money to reach out to voters and spread the conservative message.”
In his closing remarks at the dinner, McCabe revealed that the club’s future plans include registering new voters and finding out what issues are motivating voters. “The Brooklyn South Conservative Club is entering a new era and you should plan to hear from us shortly,” he said.