Honoring Women Who Lead in Our Community

On Saturday, April 8, Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer hosted his 8th Annual Spring Open House and Awards Ceremony at his Sunnyside District Office to honor women who lead in the community. The Majority Leader presented proclamations to seven women whose work and contributions in education, environmental protection, caring for and feeding those in need, protecting our libraries, and using the power of film to expose injustice and change minds and hearts strengthen our community in Woodside, Sunnyside, Long Island City, Astoria, and New York City as a whole.

Each and every day, women all across our city and country go unrecognized for their extraordinary contributions that improve our lives. It is hugely important that we recognize, honor, and celebrate the work of women everywhere, including these seven inspiring women who lead in our community and serve as an example for the next generation of women leaders. We must continue to tear down barriers that hold women back, and we must especially encourage more young women to run for public office.

 Over 50 guests joined Council Member Van Bramer and staff at the open house and celebration from 12:00pm to 2:00pm, including Public Advocate Letitia James, and enjoyed food and refreshments provided by COFFEED. The Spring Open House provided community members from all across the 26th District with an opportunity to meet and greet with neighbors, elected officials, and Council staff.


Deborah Alexander, Community Education Council 30 Co-President

Heather Laurel, Woodside-Sunnyside Runners

Elizabeth Ciro, St. Raphael Church Food Pantry

Helen Ho, Director of External Affairs, LaGuardia Community College

Selena Blake, Film Maker and Activist

Meghan Cirrito, Library & Education Leader


Dorothy Morehead, Environmental Activist and CB 2 Member