FULL STORY                                                                                                                               Guyanese lawyer honored in New York                                                                                 Tuesday, March 28th 2006  

Albert Baldeo (second left) and other awardees

Guyana-born lawyer Albert Baldeo was honored in New York City at a large political gathering by Queens borough politicians last Friday evening.

The New Americans Democratic Organization, one of the largest conglomerations of naturalized US citizens in New York City, honored Baldeo, a former magistrate in Guyana, at its annual Diversity Awards. The political club comprises a diversified coalition whose goal is to help Democrats win political office and empower immigrants.

Baldeo was one of several awardees chosen from different backgrounds and professions to reflect the rich mosaic of New York City, as well as the passion and skills with which immigrants enrich America.

The event was held at the elegant Royal India Palace located at 118-08 Atlantic Avenue in Richmond Hill. The large catering hall was jam-packed while speakers from the Queens Democratic Party paid rich tribute to those honored.

Baldeo, a candidate in last year's election for the City Council, District 28, and a community advocate was awarded for his outstanding political activism, pro bono legal services and efforts to empower his community.

Other awardees included Pritam Singh Gilzian of India for his leadership and religious work; Asgar Choudhri of Pakistan for his pivotal work for Pakistanis in the USA; Peter Koo for services rendered to the Chinese Business Association; and John Jeong, for his unselfish and dedicated devotion to the Korean community. A special award went to the National Television of Bangladesh (NTV), for its excellent media service in NYC.

Many Guyanese, including labour leader and political activist Chuck Mohan, attended the event.

Brooklyn Assemblyman, Nick Perry, himself a Caribbean immigrant, who was one of the feature speakers, said, "The honorees universally reflect and best exemplify the leadership and community activism roles the new American community needs in America, so that present and future generations of Americans can take our rightful seat at the table of American politics."

Mohan and other speakers implored new Americans to become citizens, register to vote, and make a difference in their communities.

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