Brooklyn declared ‘epicenter of political power’ nationally, as local club hosts a gala

August 2, 2023 Special from IN PUBLIC SERVICE
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WILLIAMSBURG — “I am declaring Brooklyn the epicenter of political power — not just in New York City, not just in the state of New York, but the entire United States of America,” Governor Hochul said at the Brooklyn Democratic Party’s Annual Gala, held on Monday night at Giando on the Water, just down the street from the famous Peter Luger steakhouse in Williamsburg.

With the Senate Majority Leader and House Democratic Leader hailing from Brooklyn cheering her on, Hochul’s speech wasn’t grandiose. When you’re accompanied by a Brooklynite New York City Mayor and all statewide elected officials, you’re not stretching the truth.

Held at Giando on the Water, the power-packed (and literally jam-packed) room was a who’s who of politics, bringing in Assemblymembers, Senators, Councilmembers, and electeds from all echelons across all five boroughs. It would almost be easier to list who was not there.

Alongside the prominent pols, including Brooklyn Dems Chair and Assembly Majority Whip Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, there were the local, grassroots leaders who play pivotal roles in our borough, keeping the party running and serving as vital community liaisons. Here’s a look at the local Brooklyn Democratic Party alongside a star-studded statewide and national roster:

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Governor Kathy Hochul delivered an empowering speech about the electric political power of Brooklyn. Brooklyn Eagle photos by Mario Belluomo
Frank Seddio, former Brooklyn Democratic Party Leader, is still a political powerhouse (and District Leader for Assembly District 59), accompanied by the Party’s Executive Director Yamil Speight Miller (recently named in City & State NY’s Brooklyn Power 100 list), and Brooklynite Attorney General Letitia “Tish” James.
Party Chair Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn and District Leader Joseph Bova joining an impromptu dance session on stage led by Senate Majority Leader Charles “Chuck” Schumer.
(Left to right) Joseph Bova, leader for Assembly District 49, is once again the outspoken master of ceremonies at the party’s event. With him on stage, Frank Seddio and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, pictured here delivering a speech.
Legal Eagles: Frank Seddio with Howard Fensterman, Managing Partner of Abrams, Fensterman, LLP. (Seddio helped start the firm’s Brooklyn office).
Party Leaders on Display at the party.

For a complete photo gallery of the annual Democratic Party gala, click here.


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