Local luminaries were in the spotlight as Lori Knipel, the Democratic district leader of the 44th Assembly District, and the Brooklyn Independent Democrats held an event in Prospect Park South on Thursday, June 11 at which five Brooklyn activists and political figures were honored.
The club honored Ingrid Lewis Martin, senior advisor to Borough President Eric Adams, as Woman of the Year; Michael McGuire, the political director of the Mason Tenders District Council, as Labor Leader of the Year; Andrew Fisher, past president of the Brooklyn Bar Association and the former chair of the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation as Attorney of the Year ; Nathan Thompson as Community Activist of the Year and community advocate Dovi Zeitlin, as recipient of the Annette Mont Public Service Award.
At the event, which also functioned as a fundraiser for the club, there was a “Wonderful mixture of friends and families of the honorees, many judges, elected officials, county leaders,” Knipel said. “We honored a diverse group of people.”
According to Knipel, who founded the political club in 1992, the Brooklyn Independent Democrats uses the annual party to fund its political activities—which include town hall meetings, protests and leadership networking events—for Park Slope, Kensington, Flatbush, Midwood and Windsor Terrace.
Over 200 people attended the fundraiser at the homes of Alice and Lowell Rubin, two Brooklyn Independent Democrat members, including City Councilmember Jumaane Williams (D-District 45) and State Senator Jesse Hamilton (D-20th Senate District).
“Every year seems to be more successful,” Knipel said. “The feedback was extremely positive.”
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