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