Committee for Effective Leadership Announces 2015 Honorees

The Committee for Effective Leadership has announced its honorees for its April 26, 2015 awards luncheon: Mr. Patrick Devine, Veteran, co-Founder of The Bronx Veteran’s Day Parade; Hon. Joe McManus, Labor Leader, Member, NYS Democratic Committee; Hon. Joan Millman, former NYS Assembly Member and Eunic Ortiz, Director of Online Communications for 1199 SEIU and President of the Stonewall Democratic Club of New York.

A native Brooklynite, Joan Millman has been a teacher, a librarian, a district leader, and a Member of the New York State Assembly from 1997-2014. Upon entering the Assembly in 1997 Millman focused on women’s issues, libraries, education, older adults and parks. She is known for passing legislation called Billy’s Law, named for a severely disabled child who was abused and neglected at the treatment facility where he lived in New Jersey.


Joe McManusJoe McManus is a lifelong resident of New York City and has lived in the Bronx since 1976. Mr. McManus is a proud member in good standing of Enterprise Association Steamfitters Local 638 for 45 years. He has served his union as a Trustee from 1996-1999. Joseph has served the neighborhood as a member of Community Planning Board #11. He is the Chair of the Land Use Committee.In September 2004, McManus was elected to the Democratic State Committee representing the 80th Assembly District.


Eunic Eunic Ortiz is the Director of Online Communications for 1199 SEIU. In this role, she manages a wide portfolio of digital communications for the largest union in the country. Previously Eunic was a spokesperson and the Digital Manager for the New York City Council and its Speaker, Christine Quinn. Eunic is the President of for Stonewall Democrats of NYC.



Patrick Devine, co-founder Throggs Neck Veterans Parade Patrick Devine was born on October 11, 1947 to Paul and Catherine Devine of Belfast, Ireland. He and Kathleen Williams-Devine have been married for 35 years. They live in Silver Beach. At 18, Patrick Devine joined the Marines during the Vietnam War.He served with the 1st Battalion 9th Marines, an infantry unit that saw more casualties than any other in USMC history. He represents the Bronx on the New York City Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs Advisory Board. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park. He has been a member of Community B0ard #10 for close to 40 years.

For the last thirty years, the Committee for Effective Leadership has honored those leaders who have had a positive impact on the communities they serve. Those honored are supportive of the disabled, social justice, animal rights, labor and other progressive causes. The committee endorses and donates to political candidates on the State level. Funds raised are used to further the values and causes supported by the honorees, as well as support the work of Mr. Goldstein, President of the Committee. The event celebrates Goldstein’s many accomplishments as a leader in politics, education, animal rights, the LGBT community, and the disabled community.

The brunch will be held on April 26, 2015 from 12:30 PM until 3:30 at Villa Barone Restaurant, which is located at 3289 Westchester Avenue in the Pelham Bay section of The Bronx. Vegan, Kosher and Halal food will be available. Readers interested in attending please contact John Doyle, event chairman, at

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