With members ranging in age from 16 to 36, the group was joined by the head of the Queens County Democratic Party, Congressman Joe Crowley, as well as Councilman Costa Constantinedes and State Senate hopeful John Liu.
Jackson Heights Assemblyman Francisco Moya was among those presented with an award at the annual event.
“I was proud to accept an award from such a vibrant organization and I look forward to working with them to achieve our progressive goals, like the DREAM Act and the Women’s Equality Act, in the coming year,” Moya said.
Democratic District Leader Jorge Fanjul was presented with the Community Leader of the Year award; Sean Mackell, Program and Field Coordinator for the New York City Central Labor Council, was awarded the Labor Leader of the Year; and former QCYD president Nick Roloson was presented a plaque for the Young Democrat of the Year.
Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras was also recognized for her work in serving the community and spreading Democratic values throughout the borough.
“As the youngest person to ever serve as chair of the Finance Committee, I certainly can appreciate and speak to the strides that young people are making in politics every day,” Ferreras said. “Through organizations like QCYD, we can continue to organize the future leaders of government and politics in Queens and beyond."
After accepting his award, Roloson added that he considers QCYD his family.
“Over the past several years, our family has grown from a small group of people to a large and diverse group of activists,” Roloson said. “I look forward to seeing the organization continue to grow and flourish in the coming years."