On January 20th, Catholic Charities representatives met with New York State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, who represents Assembly District 51 in Brooklyn, which includes the neighborhoods of Sunset Park and Red Hook.
Members from our Parish and Community Outreach advocated for the diverse programs and services Catholic Charities offers to those in need in Brooklyn. The vital importance of preserving human services was discussed with Assemblyman Ortiz, in particular CCBQ’s work as a lead advocate in the Who Cares? I Do. Campaign, and the negative impact that proposed budget cuts would have on the families and individuals we serve as well as our programs and services. Assemblyman Ortiz wholeheartedly welcomed this important meeting and offered to work with Catholic Charities to address hunger in his district. Catholic Charities looks forward to this new collaboration and is eager to work together on the many issues faced by the residents of Assembly District 51.
Pictured with New York State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (center) are: Erin Carman, Brooklyn Community Centers Director; Sara Suman, Brooklyn Community Project Director; and Bexabeth Gomez, Catholic Charities Case Worker.