Hundreds attend Hudson County Young Democrats first Happy Hour Event
The Hudson County Young Democrats held its first ever Happy Hour event last night in Jersey City, with over 100 new members in attendance as well as supporters from as far away as Essex, Bergen and Morris counties. The event was also attended by Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro, Jersey City Councilman Daniel Rivera, West New York Commissioner Cosmo Cirillo, North Bergen Commissioner Julio Marenco, Hoboken Councilman-elect Mike DeFusco, Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano, Roxbury Councilman-elect Daniel Kline, Fulop Chief of Staff Mark Albiez, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise Deputy Chief of Staff Craig Guy, Hudson County Democratic Organization Executive Direcor John Minella, Jersey City Councilwoman Joyce Watterman Aide Jen Watterman, Essex County Young Democrats President Rashawn Davis and many staffers, operatives and young professionals from throughout Hudson County.
"This incredibly successful first event demonstrates the strong desire among young people in Hudson County for an organization to help them get involved in improving our communities," said HCYD President Brian Platt. "We haven't even fully established the group, but momentum is already building quickly." Platt further added "I would like to thank the outstanding elected officials who spoke at our event as well as the members of HCYD and the Executive Board for their hard work in making this happen. This is an exciting time in Hudson County and we look forward to fulfilling our mission of inspiring civic activism and expanding youth participation in government and politics."
HCYD officially launched last month and held its first General Meeting earlier this week, where the Executive Board and attending members discussed future actions the group will take such as voter registration drives, community service projects and more. The organization is believed to be the first active Young Democrats group in the county since the 1980s.