Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez will be Recognized as the Ninth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador


Date: September 17, 2021

Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant



Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez will be Recognized as the

Ninth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador


Brooklyn, New York – September 17, 2021 – Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez will be recognized as the Ninth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award recipient at the return of the 46th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival. This award, presented annually by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC), will take place on the Atlantic Antic™ Community Stage, located on Atlantic Avenue, between 3rd Avenue and 4th Avenue, on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 2:20pm.

Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez is currently serving as Representative for New York’s 7th Congressional District. In the 117th Congress, she is the Chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee, a senior member of the Financial Services Committee and a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources. 

She has made history several times during her tenure in Congress. In 1992, she was the first Puerto Rican woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In February 1998, she was named Ranking Democratic Member of the House Small Business Committee, making her the first Hispanic woman to serve as Ranking Member of a full House committee. In 2006, she was named Chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee, making her the first Latina to chair a full Congressional committee.

Given these achievements, her roots are humble. She was born in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico – a small town of sugar-cane fields – in 1953, and was one of nine children. Velázquez started school early, skipped several grades, and became the first person in her family to receive a college diploma. At the age of 16, she entered the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras. She graduated magna cum laude in 1974 with a degree in political science. After earning a master’s degree on scholarship from N.Y.U., Velázquez taught Puerto Rican studies at CUNY’s Hunter College in 1981.

But her passion for politics soon took hold. In 1983, Velázquez was appointed Special Assistant to Congressman Edolphus Towns (D-Brooklyn). One year later, she became the first Latina appointed to serve on the New York City Council.

As a fighter for equal rights of the underrepresented and a proponent of economic opportunity for the working class and poor, Congresswoman Velázquez combines sensibility and compassion, as she works to encourage economic development, protect community health and the environment, combat crime and worker abuses, and secure access to affordable housing, quality education and health care for all New York City families.

The Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award is presented annually by the AALDC to a community leader or business person who has contributed outstandingly in enhancing the cultural and economic development of Atlantic Avenue and its surrounding areas. The First Annual Ambassador Award honored Atlantic Avenue business owner Charlie Sahadi in 2011, followed by District Attorney Charles Hynes in 2013, Assembly Member Joan L. Millman in 2014, AALDC Co-Vice President and Community Leader Sue Wolfe in 2015, Council Member Stephen T. Levin in 2016, Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon in 2017, and New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery in 2018 and YWCA CEO and President Martha Kamber in 2019.


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Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation,

The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is a Section 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to further economic development, historic preservation, and cultural enrichment in the greater Atlantic Avenue area. The AALDC provides information, advocacy, produces events and projects that promote economic growth and vitality, for the preservation and development in downtown Brooklyn and neighboring communities.