Democratic councilman Jimmy Van Bramer hosted his first Hispanic Leadership Awards at Floresta Restaurant in Sunnyside. Nearly one hundred community members attended the award ceremony where several individuals from the community were honored and recognized, including:
FOX 5 Reporter and Anchor Taina Hernandez: Hernandez is a part of New Yorker’s daily lives with her professional and personal demeanor as reporter and anchor on FOX 5’s “Good Day New York.” With her distinguished contributions to journalism, Hernandez’s work fulfills an important and storied tradition in New York City. As a Sunnyside Resident she continues to be an active participant in her community through her role as a member of Community Board 2 working specifically with the City Service & Public Safety Committee.
SEIU 32BJ activist Nick Troya: Troya is a longtime resident of Queens and has demonstrated his commitment to our community as a political activist and union member of the SEIU local 32BJ. Fighting for the rights of workers and rallying for immigration reform are just some examples of Troya’s dedication to the causes he is passionate about.
Co-Owners of Big City Graph-X & Printing Raquel & Paul Salas: As Co-Owners of Big City Graph-X & Printing Inc., Paul and Raquel Salas, have fostered long-term relationships between their network of clients, vendors, staff and the community in which they do business. As active community members they not only donate their time by serving on multiple local organizations, but also their printing services to PS 78Q and local businesses affected by the recession.
Local Artist Edwin Cadiz: Cadiz’s dedication to the fine arts and arts education advancement have helped make New York the city of cultural importance. Known to locals as the “Mayor of Ravenswood” Cadiz is a talented painter and photographer. He has also taught studio art classes for over twenty-two years at local colleges and schools throughout New York City. In addition to his artistic pursuits, Cadiz has been an advocate for quality of life improvements for the residents of Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside, and Woodside.
Artistic/Executive Director of Thalia Spanish Theatre Angel Gil-Orrios: In the past 34 years, Orrios has garnered international acclaim and won numerous awards, having produced, designed and directed over one hundred twenty productions in the United States, Spain and France. In 2000 Orrios became the Artistic/Executive Director of the Thalia Spanish Theatre, Queens’ first and only bilingual Hispanic theatre, showcasing his commitment to maintaining quality productions, as a director, producer, designer, writer, and teacher.
“These individuals have helped enrich our community with their talent, dedication and involvement,” said Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. “I would like to thank the honorees for being such outstanding leaders and for helping to make our community be the very best in all of New York City.”
Council Member Van Bramer plans to make this an annual event for the community.