St. Nicks Alliance celebrates 38 years in North Brooklyn
by Andrew Shilling
Nov 20, 2013 | 955 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Councilwoman Diana Reyna is honored at the St. Nicks Alliance 38th annual benefit dinner. (Photo: Edgar Mata)
Councilwoman Diana Reyna is honored at the St. Nicks Alliance 38th annual benefit dinner. (Photo: Edgar Mata)
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Antonio and Michael Ambrosino surrounded by family. (Photo: Edgar Mata)
Antonio and Michael Ambrosino surrounded by family. (Photo: Edgar Mata)
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St. Nicks Alliance executive director Michael Rochford, Councilwoman Diana Reyna, St. Nicks Alliance board president Joseph K. Robles and Councilman-elect Antonio Reynoso. (Photo: Edgar Mata)
St. Nicks Alliance executive director Michael Rochford, Councilwoman Diana Reyna, St. Nicks Alliance board president Joseph K. Robles and Councilman-elect Antonio Reynoso. (Photo: Edgar Mata)
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For nearly four decades, the non-profit St. Nicks Alliance has served the families of North Brooklyn by providing a voice in the battle for affordable housing, fair education and overall equality in the face of a gentrifying and changing borough.

Last Thursday, they celebrated 38 years in the community with an awards ceremony at the Wythe Hotel, a refurbished factory conversion at 80 Wythe Ave.

Honorees included Councilwoman Diana Reyna for her work with the low-income residents, as well as the family-owned Ambrosino Construction, a Maspeth-based contractor who helps build and maintain affordable housing.

“Council member Reyna has worked tirelessly for the causes important to moderate to low-income North Brooklynites,” said Michael Rochford, executive director of the St. Nicks Alliance.“As chair of the Council’s Small Businesses Committee, she has advocated for the stores that make North Brooklyn a great place and preserve the vibrancy of our economy.”

The ceremony also highlighted initiatives like the groups tenants assistance program, set up to help with tenant displacement, as well as their workforce development division, a program set up to help those who were formerly incarcerated find their way back into a career.

In addition, their Youth and Education division was recognized for continuing to provide free afterschool and summer camp programming, and the St. Nicks Elder Care division was recognized for operating an assisted living facilty for the past two years at Jennings Hall Senior Center, located at 260 Powers St.

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