March 13, 2023

 Zhuang co-hosts Women of Distinction awards honoring activists in southwest Brooklyn


 It was an opportunity for celebration as area women who give back to the community were honored by Assembly Member William Colton during a Women’s History Month celebration emceed by Democratic City Council candidate Susan Zhuang on Sunday, March 12, at Il Centro, 8711 18th Avenue.

Zhuang, who has taken leave from her position as Colton’s chief of staff as the campaign heats up, was instrumental in developing the program and identifying nominees, said Colton.

The 40 women, who were nominated for the honor by local organizations large and small, as well as by businesses and private individuals, play key roles in building and strengthening the communities they are a part of, and represent the diversity of the area, according to Zhuang, who emphasized the importance of recognizing the contributions of women, not only during Women’s History Month, but all year round.

“I am delighted to help celebrate these extraordinary women,” said Zhuang. “Often the unsung heroes, they work tirelessly to improve the neighborhoods they live in, because they understand that communities are stronger when those who live there are active and engaged.”

Zhuang, a Bensonhurst resident who herself began her career in public service as a volunteer in Colton’s office, is committed to improving the quality of life for all those who live in the district.

She was recently endorsed by the New Majority NYC, an organization that works to elect women to the New York City Council, and which is, in the words of New Majority Executive Director Jessica Haller, “committed to building power for women, and constantly cultivating talent to sustain authentic gender representation.”

Among Zhuang’s priorities are public safety and education access, as well as support of the small businesses that are the backbone of the community.

Zhuang is running in the newly drawn 43rd Council District, which includes portions of Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Dyker Heights, Sunset Park, Boro Park and Bath Beach.

Colton represents the 47th Assembly District covering portions of Bensonhurst, Bath Beach and Gravesend.