Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Assemblywoman Maritza Davila, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Manhattan Councilwoman Rosie Mendez were among those recognized for their contributions.
Other honorees at the event included incoming council members Carlina Rivera and Diana Ayala, El Puente leader Virginia Ribot, and Los Sures’s own Sonia Iglesias.
“This year, we honored a number of women who have served our city, especially in these trying times for Puerto Rico,” said Juan Ramos, executive director of Los Sures. “These women that we are honoring have in some way or other shown up for Puerto Rico in times of need, and have definitely used their leadership and their voice to add addition to the crisis in Puerto Rico.”
Ramos, who is Puerto Rican, said he also wanted to celebrate female leadership that has been “at the forefront” of struggles for Puerto Rican causes, even though men more often receive accolades.
The event, which featured food prepared by Luz Garcia and Puerto Rican music, also served as a fundraiser that collected goods and donations for hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.
Velazquez and Mark-Viverito in particular have been outspoken publicly about the need for more government aid for Puerto Rico, where most of the country is still without electricity. Davila, who represents parts of north Brooklyn, has also hosted donation drives for Puerto Rico.
“We know that women have led and have been consistent with the Puerto Rican community with no strings attached,” Ramos said. “It’s time that we recognize them, appreciate them and thank them for their consistency and service.”