Both politics and community service were in the spotlight on Sunday, April 26 as the Brooklyn Conservative Party celebrated its annual brunch, held this year at the Bay Ridge Manor, 476 76th Street.
Party members, supporters and friends were joined by local elected officials and political candidates – all of whom lauded community advocate Arlene Rutuelo who was presented at the brunch with the annual Ronald Reagan Americanism Award for her tireless efforts on all fronts from her presidency of the Guild for Exceptional Children to her longtime efforts on behalf of the Norwegian Constitution Day Parade.
“We have given this award for a number of years and the focus is always on volunteerism,” said Jerry Kassar, chair of the Kings County Conservative Party. “Arlene’s background is so extensive that she was the perfect honoree for the award, not to mention she’s a big fan of Reagan.”
Among those big-wigs present were New York State Conservative Party Chair Mike Long, State Senator Marty Golden, Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, State Assembly candidate Menachem Raitport, and Staten Island District Attorney and 11th Congressional District candidate Dan Donovan.
Retired NYPD Captain Joe Concannon – a Bayside, Queens resident who has been holding pro-police rallies throughout the five boroughs – also addressed the crowd as the event’s official guest speaker.
“He was a very good speaker,” Kassar said, noting that the Conservative Party has always been “very, very pro-police.”
“He’s doing a wonderful thing in support of the policemen and women of this nation,” Kassar went on.
With speakers galore, the chair called the day a success.
“We had a very full program,” he said.