On Thursday, February 25, the Brooklyn South Conservative Club held its annual Presidents Day Dinner at the Bay Ridge Manor. With retired Colonel Michael Gould, former Army Garrison commander at Fort Hamilton, as recipient of the Paul Adams award and the keynote speaker, an overflowing, excited crowd was in attendance.
Liam McCabe, club president, was honored both by Gould’s presence and by his speech at the event. McCabe credited him with working with community leaders and being a forward thinker during his tenure at the base. While giving his keynote speech, McCabe recalled, Gould commented on a possible run for office by McCabe.
McCabe stated he was honored to be complimented in such a way but, “Right now, I’m just happy serving the people of my community in my capacity.”
Also in attendance, was Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, chair of NY for Marco Rubio, who received the Eugene Walsh Memorial Award. She drew a large audience as well, said McCabe.
McCabe spoke of how often conservatives are seen as the older generation, but, he said, at the event, State Senator Marty Golden, “proved that notion wrong.” While speaking, McCabe recounted, Golden had the crowd stand up and those over 40 sit. With half the room remaining standing, that notion was pushed aside. McCabe credits Malliotakis with drawing out a diverse crowd. As she is both Hispanic and younger, he said, her presence drew a larger variety of people to the event, which pleased the club.
According to McCabe, the event was a success and raised a significant amount of money for the club. Funds raised from the event will go to assist voter registrations as well as to promote the candidates the club will endorse this year.
The Bay Ridge Manor is located at 476 76th Street.