Queens Gazette

Queens Democratic Club Elects New Executive Board

Some members of the Powhatan and Pocahontas Regular Democratic Club’s 2019-2020 executive board, honorees and guests posed for a group picture (l. to r.): Yanni Trittas, NYC Councilman Costa Constantinides, Nicole Migliore, Andy Aujla, Dirk McCall, NYS Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz, Melanie La Rocca, Eileen Schauer, Anne Marie Anzalone, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Michele Gilliam, Brian Martinez and Laura Jean Hawkins.

Over 50 members of the Powhatan and Pocahontas Regular Democratic Club gathered to elect their 2019-2020 executive board.

The club is a building ground for Democrats and people looking to be politically involved in their community. Members of Powhatan have organized political and community outreach-based activities, including phone banking, petitioning, canvassing, voter registration drives, debate watch parties, food drives, and clothing drives. They have worked together to elect candidates from the bottom of the ticket and up, from local Democratic district leaders to the president. Members have spoken to voters and helped fund-raise for candidates both in Astoria and in battleground states such as Pennsylvania and Florida.

The club has made it a priority to reach first-time voters through community outreach, events, policy-based discussions, and social media. Under the direction of the board, Powhatan will continue to grow new generations of political leaders and activists, help elect Democrats to office, engage with elected officials on a grassroots level, and shape the Democratic Party with Astoria’s voices.

The executive board includes:

Andy Aujla, President

Nicole Migliore, Executive Vice President

Yanni Trittas, Political Vice President

Eileen Schauer, Treasurer

Paula Avila-Guilen, Community Outreach Secretary

Henry Simon, Corresponding Secretary

Peter Gunther, Recording Secretary

Hannah Lupien, Financial Secretary

Laura Jean Hawkins, Female Chair of the Board

Dirk McCall, Male Chair of the Board

Jesse Rose, Building Director

“It is an honor to be the president of the oldest Democratic club in Astoria, and also being the first person of color in this position is extremely meaningful in this turbulent political climate,” said Andy Aujla, the newly elected president. He then added, “To create lasting change, we must engage neighbors in the political process at every level. I encourage everyone to get involved in grassroots advocacy with our club.”

Powhatan kicked off the tenure of their new board by recognizing the achievements of community leaders at Powhatan’s Annual Dinner Dance on Thursday, May 2. This year’s honorees included Michele Gilliam, Melanie La Rocca, Brian M. Martinez, Eileen M. Schauer, and NYS Assembly Member Catalina Cruz.

Councilman Costa Constantinides and AnneMarie Anzalone are the Democratic district leaders.

Founded in 1901, the Powhatan and Pocahontas Regular Democratic Club represents the 36th Assembly District, Part A, in Astoria.

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