Brooklyn DA Celebrates Asian Community

Brooklyn Law School Interim Dean Maryellen Fullerton and Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez. (Photo from the Brooklyn DA’s Office via Kings County Politics)

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office held its annual celebration of the borough’s growing Asian community. Kelly Mena covered the festivities for Kings County Politics.

Speaking at the May 22 event at Brooklyn Law School, District Attorney Eric Gonzalez noted that in his first year in the office in 1995, “there were very few people who came from an Asian background.”

Gonzalez went on to highlight the growing political power within the Asian/Asian American community which in recent years has been growing in momentum. Less than three years ago the City’s first Asian-American Democratic Club launched in Sunset Park.

Female Democratic District Leader Nancy Tong was also present at the event honoring members from her local community. Tong has been a fierce ally of Assemblyman William Colton (D-Bensonhurst, Bath Beach) working in his office for nearly a decade and most recently ran in a contentious 43rd City Council District race in 2017.

“One of the things that I am very proud to say is that we have a strong Asian community in this county that is growing each and every day. But not just in Sunset Park and Bensonhurst anymore but its in neighborhoods like Williamsburg. And with that I believe there is political power. I think it’s important and I want to make sure this office is meeting the needs of all of our communities,” said Gonzalez.

The celebration also included an awards ceremony and a dragon dance. Go to Kings County Politics to find out why Brooklyn Law School “holds a significant place in history for Asian/Pacific Heritage” and what major anniversary in Chinese-American history also took place this month.

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