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Empire Girls Strike it Big

IN OFFICE: Aleiyah Saunders, was elected Lt. Governor at the 77th American Legion Auxiliary Empire Girls State session.
Courtesy American Legion Auxiliary Empire Girls State

Borough Wide

Three cheers to Aleiyah Saunders, Ana Maria Oliynyk, and Cheyenne Mark, who were selected to attend the 77th American Legion Auxiliary Empire Girls State session, which was held in Brockport, N.Y. The girls participated in workshops and learned about the inner workings of state, local and county government.

Ana Maria Oliynyk was elected to serve as ALA EGS Attorney General and is a senior at Fort Hamilton High School. She said, “Girls State has introduced me to a community I never thought I could be a part of — one of so many young women, all of whom are beyond passionate and motivated to make a difference in this world.”

Aleiyah Saunders, above, a senior at St. Edmund Preparatory High School who was elected as Lt. Governor, added, “Words cannot do justice to the endless amount of love and support I received from day one. Literally day one! I didn’t expect to run and win Lt. Governor, but I also didn’t expect this to be such an incredible experience.”

Cheyenne Mark was elected to serve as County Executive; County Level Party Leader and Girl State’s Senator. She is a student at James Madison High School.

A key component of the ALA Empire Girls State program is the mock legislative sessions in which the girls write and debate bills. Campaigns are held to elect local officials and an ALA Empire Girls State governor.

In addition to their government forums, the delegates hear distinguished guest speakers, learn various aspects of Americanism, and learn about the sacrifices of the American military.

“The ALA Empire Girls State experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young women across our state,” said Lucille Mozzillo, chairwoman at American Legion Auxiliary Empire Girls State. “After attending ALA Empire Girls State, the girls come back to their communities filled with patriotism and pride, having gained new leadership skills and built strong connections with the other girls.”


Building big

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has announced this year’s winners of the 2018 Building Brooklyn Awards. Now in its 18th year, the awards recognize recently completed construction and renovation projects that enrich Brooklyn’s diverse neighborhoods and economy.

“It’s great to see the variety of thoughtful projects making up this year’s mix of winners,” said Rick tRusso, acting president. “From a free-standing pre-K, to the unique 325 Kent at the Domino Sugar complex, to the tallest building in Brooklyn — residential high-rise The Hub — Brooklyn’s real estate landscape is truly a force in the world. I congratulate all the winners for their innovative and impactful work which adds to the quality of life for all Brooklynites.”

The winners are: Historic Restoration: 158 Clifton Residence; Education: District 20 pre-K Center; Open Space: Brooklyn Bridge Park Boat House; Retail: Supreme Store; National Grid Award for Energy Efficiency: Il Centro; Residential Single Family: PorcHouse; Residential Affordable: Greenpoint Landing; Residential Mid-Rise: The Brooklyn Grand; Residential High-Rise-Hub Iconic Design: 325 Kent; and Economic Impact: Building 77, Brooklyn Navy Yard.

The BBA judging committee — comprised of architects, planners, government officials, economic development experts and business leaders — convened earlier this spring to select the winners from the nominated projects.

In addition to awarding 11 projects, the Chamber recognizes two leaders who have played an instrumental role in the renaissance of Brooklyn. This year’s leaders are Jeffrey Levine, founder and chairman of Douglaston Development LLC, and Kenneth Daly, chief operating officer for National Grid’s US Electric Business.

The 11 projects receiving honors along with special recognition awards will take place on Aug. 1 at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge.

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce [335 Adams Street, Suite 2700, Downtown]

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Blood drive

Donate a pint and get two tickets to see a Mets game at Citi Field. Haley’s Comets is soaring by on July 25 from 10 am to 7:45 pm.

Greenhouse Cafe [7717 Third Ave. in Bay Ridge,(718) 833–8200].

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