Bay Democrats club hosted its Fourth Annual Awards Dinner at the famous National Restaurant (273 Brighton Beach Avenue) on Thursday, December 17, 2017. Bay Democrats club represents 45th Assembly District in Brooklyn – proudly serving communities of Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Homecrest, Midwood, Gravesend and Marlboro.
Democratic District Leaders Ari Kagan and Margarita Kagan (no relation) created Bay Democrats as neighborhood club that is opened to all constituents, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, income, race or social status. In 2017, Bay Democrats hosted monthly meetings, celebrations of American Independence Day, Thanksgiving Luncheons at Brighton Beach and Marlboro, forums for judicial candidates, Jewish concerts, many other successful political and cultural events.
That is Bay Democrats Annual Awards Dinners always attract important community leaders from all over Southern Brooklyn, elected officials, candidates for political positions, activists and advocates. This year, Bay Democrats honored attorney Petro Zinkovetsky, Doctor Marika Cherfas, Council Member Chaim Deutsch, community leaders Pervez Siddiqui and Sam Tsang.
Bay Democrats Dinner Honorees
Petro Zinkovetsky, Esq. The Attorney Of The Year Award
Petro Zinkovetsky - Attorney of the Year Award
Petro Zinkovetsky was born in Kharkov, Ukraine and immigrated to Brooklyn, New York in the fall of 2000. From the first day in the US, Petro fell in love with New York City and has been residing here ever since. He graduated from the prestigious United Nations International School and went on to receive the Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Pace University with a major in Finance and a minor in Economics followed by the Juris Doctor degree from the New York Law School. He is the founder of Zinkovetsky Law Firm, a boutique law firm operating out of the historic Helmsley Building at 230 Park Avenue.
Petro was rated three years in a row (2015, 2016 & 2107) as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers - one of the legal industry’s most popular publications. While no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the State are named to Super Lawyers, less than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list. Petro is rated as a Top Attorney by AVVO with the highest possible rating of 10 out of 10.
Petro’s main areas of practice are real estate and business law. He has represented first time homebuyers and international investors, startups and multinational corporations. Because of the clients represented by Petro and the transactions handled by his firm, Petro has been featured in a number of newspapers and in the news, including The New York Observer, Newsweek, The Real Deal, NY Post, RTVi, Inman News, DNA Info.com and others. He has also written articles for his blog and for the New York Real Estate Journal. Petro is a Real Estate Instructor and teacher continuing education courses on real estate topics.
Petro Zinkovetsky is actively involved in the community life. He was a Chair of the Annual Dinner for a non-for-profit organization helping young Russian speaking Jews – RAJE (Russian American Jewish Experience). He also co-hosted – together with his father, Bay Democrats club Community Service Award recipient Oleg Zinkovetsky – a successful fundraiser for Friends of IDF (Israeli Defense Force). After SuperStorm Sandy hit Southern Brooklyn, Petro Zinkovetsky helped many small business owners to receive an appropriate compensation from their reluctant insurance companies for a serious damage done by hurricane.
Councilman Chaim Deutsch. The Legislator Of The Year Award
Councilman Chaim Deutsch - Legislator of The Year Award
Councilman Chaim Deutsch started his career in public service by founding the Flatbush Shomrim Safety Patrol in 1991. Over the years, he developed the organization into the well-respected entity it is today, working alongside the NYPD to tackle local crime and keep our streets safe.
Prior to his election to the New York City Council in 2013, Chaim worked as a constituent liaison for Councilman Lloyd Henry and then as Chief of Operations for Councilman Michael Nelson.
When Hurricane Sandy struck in 2012, Chaim sprang into action, mobilizing community-based volunteers to evacuate waterfront residents and coordinate the distribution of necessities for people who had lost their homes and possessions in the storm. With the help of volunteers and organizations like COJO of Flatbush, Chaim collected and handed out thousands of blankets, heaters, baby goods, household items, and articles of clothing for those who were displaced by the storm. He was a familiar sight in waterfront neighborhoods during those difficult weeks, passing out hot meals, blankets, flashlights & heaters to residents without electricity.
As the representative of the 48th District, Councilman Deutsch has been a tireless advocate for our community. He has fought for resources for our children’s schools, protection and services for our seniors, safer streets, cleaner business districts, and so much more. Councilman Deutsch is known as the go-to official, available at all hours of the day and night to assist constituents in navigating the bureaucratic red tape and in times of crisis.
He has been at the forefront of programs like #GetAlarmedNYC, a campaign to outfit every home in New York City with a smoke alarm. He worked closely with the NYPD to establish online access to collision reports for those involved in a vehicular accident.
District Office of Councilman Deutsch was named as one of the most responsive and most effective among all 51 Council members offices in NYC. According to The Jewish Press, “When it comes to constituent services, he wrote the book, and he continues as a role model for other elected officials.” Chaim Deutsch also sponsored the important legislation mandating NYC Department of Consumer Affairs to conduct outreach to educate senior citizens about scams.
Councilman Deutsch has allocated millions of dollars to local parks and schools, as well as to non-profit organizations in the Southern Brooklyn. He also designated funding for resources for local Sanitation garages and 60th, 61st and 70th police precincts, to ensure that they are equipped with the proper tools to keep our streets safe and clean.
Councilman Deutsch has been married to his wife Sara for 28 years. They have five children and two adorable grandchildren.
Doctor Marika Cherfas. The Doctor Of The Year Award
Dr. Marika Cherfas
Marika Cherfas came to America in 1990 from Latvia where she graduated from the Riga Medical Institute. She completed her residency in a prestigious New York University School of Medicine while working as Faculty Research Assistant at NYU.
From 1991 to 1994, she worked as Doctor on Call in Brooklyn Hospital and later – in Atkins Medical Center. Then Dr. Cherfas established her own private practice in Southern Brooklyn and since then has helped countless patients as Internal Medicine Physician.
In 2016, Marika Cherfas was named a Top Doctor in Brooklyn, NY by the International Association of HealthCare Professionals and her name was spotlighted in the renowned publication The Leading Physicians of the World. She is also considered as on the top professionals in Holistic Medicine and Homeopathy. Dr. Cherfas received numerous professional awards from various medical publications & American Medical Association, including Patient Choice Award, Compassionate Doctor Award, Who’s Who and America’s Top Physician.
Dr. Marika Cherfas is also a popular lecturer who often generously shares her wisdom and experience with congregants of the Ocean View Jewish Center, attendees of the Annual Russian Shabbaton in Connecticut, home care workers, kindergarten staffers, social workers and nurses in Brighton Beach area.
Pervez Siddiqui. The Community Leadership Award
Pervez Siddiqui - Community Leadership Award
Mr. Pervez Siddiqui is a pharmacist licensed in New York, New Jersey and Maryland. He has been practicing community Pharmacy since 1995 in the Coney Island area of Brooklyn. He has worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry with Merck, GD Searle and Boots Pharma .
Pervez Siddiqui founded Logon Health in 2001 and his company was first to develop electronic prescription both in the Retail Pharmacy and Nursing Homes.
Mr. Siddiqui has served the community since 1995 and took various initiates to provide education, development and empowerment of youth and providing job opportunities at his Pharmacies. His internship program at his Pharmacies has attracted young women to do internship and eventually enter Pharmacy school.
Pervez Siddiqui is the founder of APNA Adult Day Care and Apna Brooklyn Community Center. He established APNA with a vision to provide a professional, safe and healthy environment for all community members, where members of the community can collaborate, socialize and get awareness about their rights, responsibilities and different city provided benefits /resources.
APNA quickly became a center of community life in Brighton Beach and hosted many successful and popular events, including Brighton Beach street festival, Back to School free supplies distribution, IDNYC program site Grand Opening, Thanksgiving Day celebration, Immigrants Rights & Information forums in Brighton Beach Library and Shorefront Y.
The community now feels empowered. The Pakistani American community as well as all immigrant visitors of APNA are learning about their rights and responsibilities and becoming better educated and aware citizens. Mr. Pervez Siddiqui is an active member of the Community Board 13 and is pursuing several collaborative practices with other community organizations to provide various services to community members.
Sam Tsang. The Victoria Stancil Community Service Award
Sam Tsang - Community Service Award
Mr. Sam Tsang is a successful businessman and a great Brooklyn community leader who made a tremendous contribution in growth and education of the thriving Asian American community. He is a Managing Partner at C.I.T. Foods Commodities International Trading company. Sam Tsang personally registered hundreds of new voters and helped to organized many valuable community events, forums with elected officials. He volunteered for Homecrest Community Services, Health Essential Association, NYPD Auxiliary Police patrols.
Sam Tsang hosted Thanksgiving Day Celebrations and annual holiday parties for Christmas & Chinese New Year, senior citizens safety forums and health fairs, voter registration drive and small business owners’ awareness campaign, 61st Precinct National Night Out Against Crime.
Mr. Sam Tsang was once named “Mayor of Avenue U” by the New York Times. He worked tirelessly to develop relationship between Avenue U Asian American merchants and government, law enforcement agencies, elected officials. He always brought together community leaders, police officers, senior citizens, business owners.
Sam Tsang was one of the founders of Bay Democrats club and has worked as club Vice President since January of 2014. Sam Tsang is an active member of the 61st Precinct Council and also a long time member of Community Board 15. For his community achievements Sam Tsang received many important awards and certificates from NYS Senate & NYC Council, NYPD and CB 15.
Bay Dinner attendees were greeted by Assembly member Bill Colton, Council members Mark Treyger and Chaim Deutsch, former Councilman Michael Nelson and others. They congratulated distinguished honorees and praised Bay Democrats leaders and members. Dinner was also attended by many judges and judicial candidates, as well as by Russian, Pakistani and Chinese media outlets.
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and State Senator Diane Savino were not able to attend club dinner, but sent financial contributions and Commendations to all honorees. District Leaders Margarita Kagan and Ari Kagan thanked all participants of the dinner and presented Bay Democrats certificates to the most active club volunteers.
National Restaurant was beautifully decorated for Chanukah, Christmas and New Year holidays. The atmosphere of the Dinner was warm and festive. Bay Democrats plays an important role in uniting grass roots leaders for the benefit of the entire community.
Councilman Mark Treyger presents NYC Council Certificate to his colleague Chaim Deutsch
Assemblyman Bill Colton (center) praises Bay Democrats club and congratulates all honorees
Former Councilman Michael Nelson, Sam Tsang - Community Service Award, Councilman Chaim Deutsch, District Leaders Ari Kagan and Margarita Kagan
Rabbi Mark Zarkh and Ari Kagan
Photos by Alex Rozenberg
Paid for by Bay Democrats & Friends of Ari Kagan-2012