New York City Reception Honors Senator for Two Decades of Leadership on Armenian American Issues
NEW YORK–NY–Armenia’s from the New York metropolitan area participated this week in a reception for long-time friend Senator Robert Torricelli (D-NJ)–the New York City offices of Robert Setrakian.
The reception in honor of the Senator brought together leading Armenian Americans committed to generating the grassroots and financial support his campaign will need to communicate his strong record to New Jersey voters prior to his November election
Setrakian opened the program by thanking the Senator and outlining the views of Armenian Americans on issues currently before Congress. He then turned to representatives of the Armenian National Committee–both nationally and locally–to address a number of specific legislative issues and to inform the Senator about the grassroots and media support the local Armenian community will provide during this reelection campaign. Dr. Movses Abelian–Armenia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations–offered an international perspective on the issues facing the Armenian people.
Senator Torricelli then took the floor and–recalling his two decades of advocacy on Armenian American issues–spoke about how he sees Armenian issues in his new capacity as chairman of the influential Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Caucasus and Central Asia. During a lengthy discussion–the Senator and the gathered community members covered a number of key issues–including the Armenian Genocide–US assistance to Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh–the Nagorno Karabakh peace process–regional issues impacting the Caucasus–as well as the overall political climate in the nation’s capital.
"As Armenian Americans–we greatly value Senator Torricelli’s leadership on issues of concern to our community in New Jersey and across the country," said Setrakian. "Since his days in the US House–he has always been there when we have turned to him for support. Today–as he faces reelection and the opportunity to rise in seniority–in influence–and in the leadership of the Senate–we are there for him–by providing the resources–community outreach–and grassroots activism he will need to win reelection."
Among those participating in the program were His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan–Prelate of the Armenian Apostolic Church of the Eastern United States; Armenia’s UN Ambassador Dr. Movses Abelian–who also serves as President of the UNICEF Executive Board; Kim Arzoumanian–chairwoman of the ANC of New Jersey; Alex Sarafian–chairman of the ANC of New York; and Aram Hamparian–executive director of the ANCA office in Washington–DC–and a broad range of leaders and activists from throughout the New York-New Jersey area.