The celebration was co-sponsored by Southside United HDFC Los Sures, La Alianza Para El Progreso Dominicano, Nuestros Niños Childcare and El Puente Beacon Program.
“We started partnering up with the council member’s office and Los Sures about two years ago, and it’s blown up into something that’s ten times better than we could’ve imagined,” said Reynoso, a first-generation Dominican American.
He said the partnership with Los Sures and La Alianza made sense to both he and his predecessor, current Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, because “every single one of their tenants is one of my constituents.”
Ramón Peguero, executive director of Los Sures, said a committee comprised of representatives from Los Sures, La Alianza and Reynoso’s office worked together to select several honorees—all North Williamsburg business owners and residents, as per this year’s theme.
Among them were Carmen Acosta, Concepcion Bosque, Victor Castillo, Elena Hernández, Bertha Jimenez, Iris Menoyo and Francisco Ventura.
Following the honors ceremony, youth from the St. Nick’s Alliance afterschool program and the El Puente ensemble gave dance performances. To close the evening, the music of Grupo 7 inspired dancing in the aisles from honorees and attendees alike.
While the celebration only lasted for one evening, Peguero felt the relationship between Los Sures’ management and Reynoso’s office is one fostered year-round.
“We have been working hand-in-hand with him to make sure we maximize not only the exposure of the people in Williamsburg, but the resources and the services that we bring,” Peguero said.
Reynoso saw the packed house in the PS 19 auditorium as proof of the positive response garnered from his office’s alliance with organizations like Los Sures and La Alianza.
“When you have not-for-profits and electeds get together to do something great for the community, the turnout is amazing,” Reynoso said.