Love blooms in Brooklyn Democratic Party
Political aide proposes to girlfriend at Seddio’s holiday celebration
Two rising young stars of Brooklyn politics are getting hitched.
Priscilla Consolo, a native of Gravesend who has served as an aide to Assemblymember William Colton and has worked behind the scenes on Councilmember Mark Treyger’s successful campaigns, is engaged to Adam Diamond, who has worked for and campaigned for state Sen. Roxanne Persaud, Councilmember Alan Maisel and other Democratic lawmakers.
“It’s helpful that we have both worked in politics. It’s a demanding life but we both understand that life,” Consolo, 23, told the Brooklyn Eagle.
Diamond, 25, who hails from Georgetown, picked the perfect setting in which to pop the question. He proposed to Consolo at Brooklyn Democratic Party Chairman Frank Seddio’s Christmas House Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 3.
Consolo and Diamond had their first official date at one of Seddio’s Christmas parties four years ago.
Seddio hosts a Christmas celebration every year outside of his Canarsie home, inviting the movers and shakers of city politics, as well as local schoolchildren, to sing Christmas carols and enjoy seeing the Christmas lights on his house. Diamond is one of the people helping Seddio set up the lights and decorations each year.
In front of a large audience on Sunday night that included Mayor Bill de Blasio, Diamond got down on one knee, pulled out a Tiffany diamond ring and asked for Consolo’s hand in marriage.
She immediately accepted and the audience cheered.
Consolo and Diamond managed to upstage de Blasio. The mayor had been scheduled to speak before the proposal, but Seddio asked him to wait so that Diamond could get the job done first. “The mayor didn’t seem to mind. He congratulated us afterwards,” Consolo told the Eagle.
Politics brought Consolo and Diamond together.
Consolo and Diamond first met in May 2013 at the annual Kings County Democratic Party Dinner at the El Caribe Country Club in Mill Basin.
“I saw her across the room standing next to Mark Treyger. I thought she was pretty. And she was around my age. There aren’t too many young people involved in politics, so to see someone my age was great,” Diamond told the Eagle.
They were introduced by mutual friends at the dinner and started talking. “I literally didn’t eat anything that night,” Consolo said.
There was an immediate chemistry, but it took awhile for the romance to take off. “We were both very busy. I was at Fordham and Adam was at John Jay,” she said.
Diamond was determined to keep in touch. “I did what young people do today. I friended her on Facebook,” Diamond said.
“I thought he was cute,” Consolo said.
At the time, Consolo was a student at Fordham University and was juggling her political activities with her college studies. Diamond was attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice and working with lawmakers in Brooklyn on various issues.
“But he was very persistent. If he found out that I was going to be at something, he would show up there,” Consolo said.
The first time they went out together was strictly as friends. Diamond took Consolo to L&B Spumoni Gardens, the famous Italian eatery in Bensonhurst.
Soon after, the couple had their first official date at Seddio’s holiday lighting celebration.
Consolo, who is now a second-year law student at New York University Law School, made news in 2016 when she won acceptance into NYU and more than a dozen other top-notch law schools, including Georgetown, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt. She mulled it over and chose NYU.
Diamond, a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he studied Law and Society, plans to enter the Police Academy in January.
Consolo described her fiancé as a “good, generous person,” who is “very committed to helping others.” She admires the work he did revitalizing the Georgetown Civic Association.
His decision to become a police officer is part of his commitment to the community, Consolo said.
Diamond has great love and admiration for his fiancee. “She is a hard worker. When she wants something, nothing will stop her,” he said.
Consolo is a civic leader in the Gravesend-Bensonhusrt area who co-founded an anti-litter campaign called Clean-Up and Speak-Up with Colton and Treyger.
While Consolo was delighted by Diamond’s proposal, she wasn’t all that surprised. “I kind of expected this to happen.” She and Diamond had been talking about getting engaged this year.
Picking out the ring was easy, according to Diamond. “Priscilla told me what she what she wanted,” he said.
The happy couple has not yet set a wedding date.
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